Beth Vorhees

News Director, West Virginia Morning/News Host

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, we travel to Moundsville for a visit to the Grave Creek Mound Archeological Complex to see what the curators are discovering these days.  That story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, we go back to Wheeling where young professionals are working to revitalize the city.  Today, a tour of East Wheeling as a long time resident reflects on the changes taking place on the traditionally African American neighborhood.  Also, we take a trip to Floyd, Virginia for a Friday night Jamboree.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, a report from Wheeling where a new generation is taking over rebuilding the city.  And, we’ll listen to the music of old time fiddler Elmer Rich who died on West Virginia Day. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


  Clark Davis reports on Senate Bill 393 and its impact on truancy in schools and across the juvenile justice system. Public Source and The Allegheny Front collaborate on a story about prisoners affected streams polluted by coal ash. And southern rock troubadour Paul Thorn performs "What the Hell is Going On?" live on Mountain Stage.

West Virginia American Water

After repairing and returning a 36-inch water transmission main to service overnight, West Virginia American Water is resuming work to address a new leak that occurred around 6 Thursday morning at the same site where yesterday’s work was completed. Excavation crews immediately returned to the site and are currently working to re-excavate the main and determine the issue. Estimated time for repairs cannot yet be determined.

On West Virginia Morning, the newest edition of our podcast “Us & Them” explores the opinions about the Confederate flag.  And we’ll meet a musician who uses solar power to create his music.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


West Virginia American Water

  DUNBAR, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia American Water says it has repaired a transmission main break that disrupted service to about 25,000 customers.
 
     The company is asking affected customers to limit all non-essential water use while it restores service.
 
     The break occurred Tuesday evening on a 36-inche main in Dunbar. It left customers in parts of Cabell, Kanawha, Lincoln and Putnam counties without water service or with low water pressure.
 
     A boil water advisory remains in effect. Water distribution sites have been set up for affected customers.
 
     West Virginia American Water said this morning that it doesn't know when service will be restored to all customers because it can't predict demand on the water system.
 
Water distribution sites are currently available at Andrew Jackson Middle School in Cross Lanes, Dunbar Plaza,West Virginia State University, Nitro High School, West Side VolunteerFire Department in Saint Albans, Eleanor Tech Center, Winfield Courthouse,Buffalo Fire Department, Poca Fire Department, Hurricane Fire Department,Bancroft Fire Department and Culloden Fire Department. Customers should bring their own containers to fill.

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Thousands of people in eastern Kanawha and western Putnam counties are waking up without water this morning after a water main break in Dunbar yesterday.
A boil water advisory is also in effect for those customers who have low water pressure.

This is the time of year when the city of Charleston becomes a work of art.  FestivALL runs through this week an includes concerts of all kinds of music, theater, shows, dances and, of course, art.

At the Clay Center this week is "Art for ALL: A Juried Children's Exhibit" with works from children ages pre-K to 6th grade.

When you see it, you will notice the beautiful dioramas, drawings and paintings, but also take a look at how these works are displayed.

This exhibit employs it's own curator.  We spoke with Amanda Rogers, an art history major from West Virginia University, as she prepared to go to work.

On West Virginia Morning, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has approved tuition increases for in state and out of state students at three universities.  Also a report about the disappearance of Monarch butterflies.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board talks with Bishop Michael Bransfield about the Pope’s recent message on climate change.  Also, Beth Vorhees talks with the producers of “Jay: A Rockefeller’s Journey,” the two hour television documentary that premieres tonight.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

On West Virginia Morning, reporters Ashton Marra and Jesse Wright team up for a story about the controversies surrounding medical treatment for drug addiction.  And in honor of West Virginia Day tomorrow, we’ll meet the performers with The Travelin’ Appalachian Revue.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


A delegation from China was in West Virginia today to sign agreements with representatives from the state's business, educational and government agencies.  

Zhang Wendong, the Educational Department
Director-General of the Shanxi province in China was one of the dignitaries signing memorandums of understanding to promote educational exchanges and business collaborations.

On West Virginia Morning, we’ll hear from the coal reporter at SNL Energy about job losses in the Kentucky and West Virginia coalfields.  Details about those number are on our website.  Also, Glynis Board reports that the state has the highest number of injury related deaths in the country.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition promotes locally grown food and the group is beginning to frame its legislative agenda for 2016.  Also, the Appalachian Regional Commission is collecting information to guide its economic development efforts for the region.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


Elk River Chemical spill
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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced today that scientific studies conducted by the National Toxicology Program indicate that appropriate public health measures were taken during the 2014 Elk River Chemical Spill.

Dr. John Bucher, Associate Director of the NTP said the findings support the adequacy of the drinking water advisory levels established at the time of the spill.  He says NTP used a comprehensive suite of state-of-the-art toxicology tools to look at the spilled chemicals, and found very little reason for concern about long-term health effects.

At the recommendation of the National Toxicology Program and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DHHR has chosen to launch a birthweight study to perform an analysis of children with low birthweights born during the period of the chemical spill in the nine affected counties.

Dr. Patrick Breysse, the Director of CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health said that it's reassuring that the NTP study results confirm  the determination in the early days of the spill that the levels of MCHM in drinking water were not likely to be associated with adverse health effects.


On West Virginia Morning, Clark Davis reports on another shale discovery, this one in western West Virginia and eastern Kentucky.  And producer Catherine Moore reports from Berkeley County where citizens are asking “what’s next?”  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports on how the state can meet the federal EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan.  And Beth Vorhees talks with Trey Kay about his a new episode of his podcast “Us & Them” that’s available today.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, reports about two laws taking effect today.  One of them de-regulates some aboveground storage tanks and another makes it easier for craft breweries to do business in the state.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from the state board of education meeting where members continue to react to Republican lawmakers call to repeal Common Core education standards.  And we’ll visit a farm in Garrett County, Maryland that uses traditional farming methods.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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