Beth Vorhees

News Director, West Virginia Morning/News Host

You hear Beth Vorhees on the radio every morning and during the legislative session, you see her on TV every evening.

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 and host of The Legislature Today on West Virginia PBS.

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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News
1:49 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Funeral Services for Former First Lady Shelley Moore Begin Friday

First Lady Shelley Moore
Credit Shelley Moore Capito

Funeral services begin Friday for former West Virginia First Lady Shelley Moore.  The family will receive visitors in the Rotunda at the University of Charleston late Friday morning.  There will also be a visitation Friday evening at a funeral home in Moundsville.

Mrs. Moore was the state’s longest serving first lady.  Her husband Arch Moore was elected governor in 1969 and served two terms until 1977.  He returned to office in 1985.

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West Virginia Morning
8:01 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Meet Concord University's New President

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports from Buckhannon where a meeting was held last night about a proposed natural gas pipeline.  And Jessica Lilly profiles the new president of Concord University who will be inaugurated this weekend. 

For more stories about energy and environment go to State Impact Pennsylvania here:

http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/

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Washington D. C.
2:44 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Manchin Won't Support Arming Syrian Rebels

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U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today delivered remarks on the Senate floor outlining why he opposes funding, arming or training Syrian opposition forces. The Senator says he will vote against a continuing resolution to fund the U.S. Government if the measure contains that language.

The senator said this should be an Arab ground war and a U.S. air war. But he will not support arming or training the Syrian opposition force.

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West Virginia Morning
7:59 am
Wed September 17, 2014

CONSOL Energy Tries to Calm Nervous Landowners in Lewis County

On West Virginia Morning, a report from last night’s meeting in Lewis County where an energy company spoke about gas development there.  And Sarah Lowther Hensley talks with a playwright about his play focusing on the life and work of Edgar Allen Poe.

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West Virginia Morning
8:24 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Herb Farmer Worries About Natural Gas Drilling

On West Virginia Morning, in Weston tonight there’s a meeting about oil and gas development taking place there.  We’ll have a preview of the issues.  Also, we’ll hear from a researcher from the Pew Center about the political leanings of the American people.

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West Virginia Morning
8:40 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Where Are the Gas Wells in W. Va.?

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports on an on line map compiled by the state Department of Environmental Protection showing where horizontal gas well are located.  And Liz McCormick attended a town hall meeting where veterans told officials from the Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center what they really need.

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Elk River Chemical Spill
4:25 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Public Can Comment on Above Ground Storage Tank Rule

Credit Department of Environmental Protection

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is taking public comments on the proposed interpretive rule detailing its Aboveground Storage Tank Program, the spill prevention response plan and tank certification requirements.

Comments on the proposed interpretive rule will be taken through Oct. 9, the same day the DEP holds a public hearing about the rule at its headquarters at 6:30 p.m. in Charleston.

The rule was registered with the Secretary of State's office on Tuesday.

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West Virginia Morning
8:11 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Choosing Wisely in West Virginia; Matewan Works to Turn the Town Around

On West Virginia Morning, doctors, nurses and consumers have announced a major health care quality improvement campaign.  It involves limiting medical procedures with questionable value. Also, AmeriCorps celebrates its 20th anniversary in West Virginia.

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West Virginia Morning
8:14 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Advocates Hold Their Own Legislative Session

On West Virginia Morning,  an advocacy group takes over the House of Delegates chamber for its own mock legislative session and religious tolerance is the focus of a discussion in Morgantown. 

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Middle East
3:22 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Senator Manchin on ISIL: "Go and Get Them."

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"Our message should be very clear: 'Are you intending to do harm to America or any Americans? Are you planning or training any where in the world to do harm to America or Americans? If you are we have the ability and the right to come and take you out.'  Very simple. That should be very clear with what our mission is. And we shouldn't have to mince words about that.  We know that if someone says you shouldn't go into Syria and that is where ISIL has been training, planning and plotting against America and Americans?  Then go in and get them out." 

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West Virginia Morning
7:59 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Legislative Interims Discuss Tank Safety and Craft Beer

On West Virginia Morning, two reports from the legislature’s interim meetings.  Ashton Marra on the new rule about certification and inspections of above ground storage tanks.  And Dave Mistich on what the state’s craft brewers are seeking from lawmakers.

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Elk River Chemical Spill
1:41 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Rules Prioritize Above Ground Tank Inspections

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Gov. Tomblin said today that after months of hard work by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, an interpretive rule providing guidance on the implementation of Senate Bill 373, the above ground storage safety law, has been established.

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West Virginia Morning
8:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

What's Next in Wheeling?; Art Encourages Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

On West Virginia Morning, an unusual use for twitter.  In Kanawha County, an emergency coordinator is using the social media site to inform citizens where heroin overdoses occur.  And we’ll meet artist Janice Summers-Young who makes art from anything she finds.

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2014 Elections
8:23 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Capito, Tennant Debate Offered Statewide

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant will debate on October 7 in Charleston.

Residents across West Virginia can compare the positions of Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant on key election issues when the two debate on Oct. 7 at the Clay Center in Charleston, W.Va.

The 60-minute debate — sponsored by AARP West Virginia, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, West Virginia MetroNews Radio Network and the West Virginia Press Association — is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Oct. 7 at the Clay Center. MetroNews’ Hoppy Kercheval will moderate the debate.

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West Virginia Morning
8:19 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Capito, Tennant to Debate Oct. 7

On West Virginia Morning, officials from the AARP and the West Virginia Press Association announce their plans for a U.S. Senate debate next month.  From our political talk show "Viewpoint," the Speaker of the House of Delegates and the Minority Leader talk about the election season's focus on coal. And reporter Glynis Board presents a discussion about poor health in the state. 

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West Virginia Morning
8:12 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Citizens in Grafton Are Turning Their Town Around

On West Virginia Morning, part two of a series of reports about the state’s changing political climate.  And tonight, the town of Grafton in Taylor County celebrates the first “First Friday” in an effort to turn their town around.

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West Virginia Morning
8:01 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Changing from Blue to Red on the Political Spectrum

On West Virginia Morning, our election talk show Viewpoint premieres tomorrow morning at 9:00, so we’ll review the state’s changing political pattern.  And, Huntington native Nate May has composed a one man opera about growing up here.

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West Virginia Morning
8:13 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Gas Pipeline Proposed for W.Va., Morgantown Acts on Truck Traffic

Ashton Marra reports about a proposed pipeline that would carry natural gas out of the state.  Also, September is National Preparedness Month.  Sarah Lowther Hensley reports how you can be prepared in an emergency.

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West Virginia Morning
8:01 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Community Development Underway in Fairmont and Charleston's West Side

Roxy Todd takes a tour of Charleston’s West Side Flats to see the area’s community improvement efforts.  And such efforts are the focus in Fairmont as well where native Kate Greene has returned from Montana to lead business building on Main Street. Also State Impact Pennsylvania reports on the noise from natural gas compressor stations.

http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/

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Inside Appalachia
4:32 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Remembering Jimmy Weekley, Frog Watching in Va.

In Pennsylvania, there’s all sorts of noises associated with natural gas drilling.  One company is trying to be sensitive.

In West Virginia, we remember Jimmy Weekley – the last man on the mountain.

And in Virginia, an executive chef is looking for frogs, not for their legs, but for their distinctive sound.

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