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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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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West Virginia Morning
8:01 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Capito, Tennant Speak to W. Va. Business Community, Pa. Home to be Featured on PBS

On West Virginia Morning, U.S. Senate candidates Shelley Moore Capito and Natalie Tennant speak to the state's Chamber of Commerce, Clark Davis has a preview of WVU and Marshall’s football openers tomorrow and in Pennsylvania Glynis Board reports from the famous Frank Lloyd Wright home in Falling water.

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West Virginia Morning
8:13 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Domestic Violence Victim Wants to Help Survivors; Noted Auction in Fairmont

On West Virginia Morning, we’ll meet Christy Salters Martin of Wyoming County. A boxing champion, Martin shares her story about surviving domestic violence.  And this weekend in Fairmont, the collections of world famous opera singer Francis Yeend go on the auction block.  Sarah Lowther Hensley tells us what the collection contains. 

Beth Vorhees hosts West Virginia Morning August 27, 2014.

Inside Appalachia
3:44 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Coal and Politics in Ky., Civil War Baseball in Tenn., Studying History in Va. Cemeteries

In east Tennessee, modern spectators watch a Civil War era baseball game.  To history buff Mark Aubry, it’s like time travel.

In West Virginia, Charlie Massey runs the American Heritage Music Hall where people from all over the world come to dance.

And in Virginia, history students are hanging out in Richmond’s cemeteries because their professor Ryan Smith has told them to.

These are among the stories Inside Appalachia this week.

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West Virginia Morning
8:13 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Blacksmithing at Prickett's Fort State Park and Wheeling Native Tim O'Brien on Mountain Stage

On West Virginia Morning, data gatherers are frustrated by the oil and gas industries' attitude about transparency. In the age of 3-D printers, what’s to become of the time-tested trade of blacksmithing?  And Wheeling native Tim O’Brien joins fellow singer-songwriter Darrell Scott for our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

For more energy news from State Impact Pennsylvania click here:

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

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Arts & Culture
8:56 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Film "Moving Mountains" Premieres Thursday Night in Charleston

Theresa Russell stars in "Moving Mountains" which was filmed in West Virginia in 2012.
Credit IMDB

"MovingMountains”, filmed in West Virginia during the summer of 2012 and starring actress Theresa Russell, tells the story of Trish Bragg of Pie, in Mingo County, as she and her friends struggled for safe drinking water after a deep mine destroyed their wells.  This film-festival favorite spans a decade,with an unexpected ending. Moving Mountains” will premiere in West Virginia Thursday, August 21, at the WVSU Capitol Center in Charleston, doors opening at 6:30 p.m.  The movie will be shown at 7:30.

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West Virginia Morning
8:01 am
Thu August 21, 2014

State Surface Mine Board to Consider Kanawha Mine

On West Virginia Morning Ashton Marra reports from the second day of testimony about the surface mine located near the Kanawha State Forest. And Beth Vorhees talks with two local actors who appear in the film “Moving Mountains” which was filmed in West Virginia. 

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West Virginia Morning
8:16 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Layoffs are Changing the Political Landscape in Coal Country, Romney Supports Coal in W. Va.

On West Virginia Morning, Mitt Romney visits West Virginia, reporter Catherine Moore is in Boone County looking at how layoffs in the coal industry are changing the political landscape.  And football isn’t just about the Thundering Herd or the Mountaineers.  Clark Davis looks at the upcoming season at the state’s smaller universities.

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West Virginia Morning
8:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

What's Next for Boone County Coal Miners?

On West Virginia Morning, reporter Catherine Moore attended the coal festival in Boone County to ask residents there what’s next for them after layoffs in the coal industry.  And Liz McCormick reports from Jefferson County where libraries are rallying for community support.

For State Impact Pennsylvania's report about natural gas drilling in state forests click here. 

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West Virginia Morning
8:13 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Enough with the W. Va. Jokes Already and Uncle Dude Plays Bluegrass

On West Virginia Morning, we’ll meet Dave Tabler who heard so many jokes about being from West Virginia, he began a website and podcast to defend it.  We’ll also meet Uncle Dude of Pocahontas County.  His nephew explains how his uncle mastered bluegrass music after contracting polio as a child.  Ashton Marra reports on Gov. Tomblin's new effort to reform the state's juvenile justice system. 

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NPR
8:23 am
Thu July 31, 2014

New NPR Chief Visits West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Talks Future of Public Radio

West Virginia Public Broadcasting executive director Scott Finn (left) looks on as NPR President and CEO Jarl Mohn speaks to employees, board members, and others.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

NPR has a new president and CEO.  Jarl Mohn was once a music DJ, but he says he has a passion for  public radio. That's why he chaired Southern California Public Radio after making his career in cable TV as President and CEO of E-Entertainment Television.

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West Virginia Morning
8:13 am
Thu July 31, 2014

NPR President and CEO Visits West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning a report about the correlation between climate change and a rise in allergies and asthma.   Beth Vorhees talks with Jarl Mohn, the new president and CEO of NPR.  He visited Charleston yesterday.

http://www.npr.org/about-npr/310991669/npr-names-jarl-mohn-president-and-ceo

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West Virginia Morning
8:01 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Officials Learn How to Stop Human Trafficking in W. Va, WVU Football, Banjo Player Chelsea McBee

Human trafficking is happening in West Virginia and law enforcement learns what to look for to stop it. Athletic officials at WVU are hoping that the 2014 football season will be a lot better than last year’s when the team finished 4-8.  And we’ll meet Chelsea McBee, a 29 year old banjo player from Shepherdstown.

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West Virginia Morning
8:00 am
Tue July 29, 2014

4th Circuit Court Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban in Va., U.S. EPA Begins Nationwide Hearings

What does the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling about Virginia's gay marriage ban mean for West Virginia? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency begins a week of public hearings about it's Clean Power Plan and business owners in Huntington think about what to do next after a large fire Sunday in a building downtown. 

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Energy & Environment
12:33 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

EPA Administrator Defends Clean Power Plans

U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy
Credit U.S. EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to hold public hearings this week about the proposed Clean Power Plan.  The hearings are being held in Washington, Atlanta, Denver and Pittsburgh.  Each hearing last two days.

The administrations plan to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants has been sharply criticized by some West Virginia politicians, political candidates, the coal industry and others who say it will hurt West Virginia’s economy.

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West Virginia Morning
8:25 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Remembering Charleston's Historic Block District, Garden for the Blind in Wheeling

A report about The Block, a historical district in Charleston once the heart of the city’s African-American community and more state history from Hinton in Summers County.  From Wheeling,  a report on a community garden specifically designed to be tended by the visually impaired and Marshall University's football team is expected to do well this season. 

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West Virginia Morning
7:59 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Help for Charleston's Community Gardens, W.Va. Teacher of the Year

A follow up to our story about the gardens on Charleston’s west side.  Publicity about the effort brought new volunteers to help maintain them.  We’ll re-visit West Virginia’s Teacher of the Year as she prepares for schools to open next month and Lori McKenna with the Mountain Stage Song of the Week. 

Beth Vorhees hosts West Virginia Morning Friday, July 25, 2014.

West Virginia Morning
8:01 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Marshall University Gets High Forensic Science Rating, Cruising Returns to Princeton

Part two of our report on the Veterans to Agriculture Program, giving returning soldiers a chance for therapeutic work.  Public policy workshops give citizens a chance to voice concerns about legislative issues. Marshall University's Forensic Science program gets a high national ranking and in Princeton, cruising is making a comeback as a way of revitalizing the downtown area.

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West Virginia Morning
8:13 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Vets to Agriculture, Chinese Medicine in Va., Italian Heritage Celebration

Some returning war veterans are becoming farmers and beekeepers thanks to a state program.  More about the Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine in Floyd County, Virginia.  The center is working with local farmers to raise certified Chinese herbs. The Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival kicks off in Wheeling on Friday. 

Beth Vorhees hosts West Virginia Morning Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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