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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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has made good on recent a promise by vetoing two bills passed by the state Legislature.

The governor vetoed House Bill 4005, which repeals the prevailing hourly wage.  In his message, Tomblin said  we don't need to pass bills that lower the wages of West Virginia workers and do little, if anything, to stimulate our economy.

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The House of Delegates will put a controversial bill to a vote tomorrow. The bill calls for a full repeal of the state’s prevailing wage.  Democrats attempted to put a limit on the length of repeal.

House Bill 4005 was on second reading in the chamber Tuesday, a phase that allows lawmakers to amend the bill on the floor.

House Minority Leader Tim Miley proposed an amendment that would limit the repeal of the state’s prevailing wage to just five years. After that five year period, Miley’s amendment calls for an economic study of its impacts.

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Governor Tomblin has issued a statewide State of Preparedness, mobilizing state resources to help keep West Virginians safe during the severe winter weather predicted to be part of this storm. 

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Cabell County is often thought of as ground zero for the opioid epidemic in West Virginia, but the county is working to expand its substance abuse services. The Cabell-Huntington Health Department began a needle exchange program in the fall to prevent the spread of diseases like Hepatitis and HIV linked to drug use and now is offering a course teaching community members how to administer Naloxone.

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On West Virginia Morning, Senate democrats say that Senator Daniel Hall’s replacement should be a member of their party, even though that would create a split in the Senate.

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

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On West Virginia Morning, reporter Roxy Todd talks with artist Jeff Pierson about his assignment to cover the courtroom trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.  The story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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On West Virginia Morning, Health reporter Kara Lofton reports on changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  That story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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On West Virginia Morning Senia Smoot Reinert of Charleston got an early start in her engineering career when she attended a camp at a university while in high school. And singer-songwriter and guitarist Mac McAnally performs our Mountain Stage song of the week. That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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On West Virginia Morning, the latest candidate to announce for the Democratic nomination for governor comes from a prominent political family in the state.  Also, we’ll revisit the issue of forced pooling in natural gas drilling.  The issue will be taken up again by the state legislature. 

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

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Congress passed a bipartisan, five-year transportation funding bill last month.  Known as the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act or FAST Act, U. S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito says West Virginia’s highway and transit programs will receive more than two billion dollars over the next five years to advance critical projects and improve the poor condition of our roads and bridges.

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On West Virginia Morning, host Beth Vorhees tags along on a bridge inspection on Interstate 64 just outside of Charleston and talks with state transportation officials about the condition of our bridges.  That story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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When visiting Charleston in October, President Barack Obama endorsed a local program he heard about.  It’s called Handle With Care.  The program is for children who are effected by their caregiver’s drug use. 

The story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting - telling West Virginia's story.

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On West Virginia Morning, we’ll meet Karen Brown-Wilson, an inspiring West Virginian from McDowell County.  Also, reporter Liz McCormick takes us back to 1864 for a Civil War Christmas in Harpers Ferry. 

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

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On West Virginia Morning, we’ll meet Rod Van Meter, an inspiring West Virginian from Mingo County who is on the cutting edge of information technology.  The story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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On West Virginia Morning, we’ll meet another inspiring West Virginian, Marilyn Johnson of Kanawha County.  Also, the popular Christmas song “Frosty the Snowman” was written by another West Virginian.

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

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On West Virginia Morning, Clark Davis updates us on the needle exchange program in Huntington.  And we’ll preview the new radio documentary about inspiring West Virginians. 

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

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On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from the state board of education meeting where members voted to repeal the standards based on Common Core.  And Stephen Kellogg is along with the Mountain Stage song of the week.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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On West Virginia Morning, we’ll visit the state’s first cidery opening in Lewisburg where hard cider and mead are made with locally grown ingredients.  Also, West Virginia native and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Bill Withers visits with music academy students in Morgantown. 

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

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On West Virginia Morning, federal transportation funding is on its way.  Clark Davis reports from Huntington.  And we’ll re-visit historic Harpers Ferry as it moves toward recovery after a devastating fire this past summer. 

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

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