Beth Vorhees

Executive Producer, The West Virginia Channel

Beth is the producer and host of West Virginia Morning heard every weekday morning at 7:30 on West Virginia Public Radio.  You also hear her deliver the news throughout the morning on Morning Edition.

When the state legislature is in its 60 day regular session, Beth is the producer of The Legislature Today West Virginia Public Broadcasting's nightly news program.

Beth is the Director of News and Public Affairs at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, leading an 8 person news team with bureaus across the state. 

Beth received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 from the West Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Association, just one of many awards she has received in her nearly 30 year broadcasting career at West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Beth lives in Charleston and has been married to Rick Vorhees for 31 years.  They have one daughter, Diana of Nashville, TN.

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On West Virginia Morning, Dave Mistich reports on the latest from the special legislative session at the state capitol and Clark Davis reports on Huntington’s quest to become America’s Best Community.

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On West Virginia Morning, Dave Mistich reports on the failure of the House of Delegates to pass an increase in the tobacco tax.  And Roxy Todd reports from Davis and Elkins College as the school graduates its first class of students majoring in old time music. 

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On West Virginia Morning, statehouse reporter Ashton Marra reports on the house and senate versions of the 2017 state budget.  Both make large withdrawals from the rainy day fund.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

On West Virginia Morning, statehouse reporter Ashton Marra explains Governor Tomblin’s proposal to furlough state employees just in case lawmakers don’t pass a spending plan by June 30.  Also, Liz McCormick introduces us to the new President of Shepherd University, Dr. Mary Hendrix.

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On West Virginia Morning, legislative leaders have asked Governor Tomblin to expand his call for the special session to give lawmakers more options to consider as they discuss the 2017 state budget. 

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On West Virginia Morning, statehouse reporter Ashton Marra brings us the latest from the special session of the legislature and Clark Davis reports that researchers at Marshall University need your help to track cicadas as the noisy insects emerge after 17 years. 

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On West Virginia Morning, statehouse reporter Ashton Marra brings us the latest from the special session of the legislature and health reporter Kara Lofton talks with two medical providers who have been warned by the state that Medicaid reimbursements could be delayed by the on going budget talks at the Capital. 

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On West Virginia Morning, statehouse reporter Ashton Marra talks with Senate Finance Chairman Mike Hall about the state’s budget troubles.  The legislature convenes at noon today for a special session.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is proposing tax increases on sales, tobacco, e-cigarettes and cellphone and landline use.

Tomblin released those options Thursday while calling the Legislature into session at noon on Monday.

The West Virginia Channel will provide coverage of the opening floor sessions in the state Senate and House of Delegates. 

The Governor called for using $29 million from the state's Rainy Day Fund and tens of millions from other funds. He requested authority to furlough state employees in fiscal emergencies.

On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with our political analyst Dr. Robert Rupp about the results of Tuesday’s primary election and Judy Collins and Ari Hest are along with the Mountain Stage song of the week.

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On West Virginia Morning, Senate minority leader Jeff Kessler’s loss of the democratic nomination for governor means the end of this legislative career.  Glynis Board talks with Kessler as he reflects on 20 years in the state legislature.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

On West Virginia Morning, a complete wrap up of the results of the state’s primary election, plus PROMISE scholarships are on hold until after a state budget is determined and West Virginia State University has a new president. 

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On West Virginia Morning, statehouse reporter Ashton Marra looks at the race for the Democratic nomination for governor.  Also digital reporter Dave Mistich joins host Beth Vorhees to talk about what election news and results we can expect to see on our website.

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On West Virginia Morning, Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders reflects on his visit to the state last week in an interview with Ashton Marra and Clark Davis takes the political pulse among students at Marshall University. 

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On West Virginia Morning, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump dons a coal miners hard hat as the crowd waves signs saying “Trump digs coal” at a rally in Charleston last night.  While Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders talks about poverty in McDowell County. 

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On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra profiles Supreme Court candidate Beth Walker and Appalachian Health News reporter Kara Lofton looks at the declining number of doctors who specialize in caring for the elderly. 

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On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra joins host Beth Vorhees with an outline of the campaign stops by presidential candidates this week.  Also a profile of incumbent Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin who is seeking re-election to the high court. 

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On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from Mingo County where Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton explained her position on coal and the communities that rely on it.  Also, Liz McCormick profiles Wayne King, a Clay County attorney who is running for a seat on the West Virginia Supreme Court. 

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On West Virginia Morning Ashton Marra profiles Darrell McGraw, a former state Attorney General and Supreme Court Justice who is running again for a seat on the high court and a personal story from reporter Roxy Todd.  She interviews her mother about The Farm, a birthing facility in Tennessee. 

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A West Virginia native and WVU journalism school graduate is part of the team that received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service based on an international investigation of the fishing industry in Southeast Asia.

Over the course of 18 months, Margie Mason was among the journalists from The Associated Press who located men held in cages, tracked ships and stalked refrigerated trucks to expose the abusive practices of the seafood industry in that part of the world.

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