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
9:08 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Inspiring West Virginian Jake Harriman Seeks to End World Poverty

On West Virginia Morning, we’ll meet Jake Harriman, an Inspiring West Virginian who is fighting extreme poverty in the world.  And Clark Davis has a report about West Liberty University basketball.  The team is one of the best in the country…again. 

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CIA Torture Report
9:08 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Rockefeller Says CIA Spied on Senate Intelligence Committee

Credit State of West Virginia

U. S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D) W. Va. has high praise for former CIA Director Leon Panetta, but harsh words for other CIA Directors he's known.  In discussing the torture report released last week, Rockefeller tells the story of how even the CIA tried to spy on the Senate Intelligence Committee during its investigation of interrogation tactics.  In the reaction to the report's release, the Senator has been accused of giving tacit approval to CIA tactics because he did not object.

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West Virginia Morning
9:04 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Rockefeller Has Harsh Words for Most CIA Directors

On West Virginia Morning, Sen. Jay Rockefeller has harsh words for many of the CIA Directors he’s known.  Beth Vorhees continues her conversation with the senator about the CIA torture report released last week.  Also, a report about the Common Core curriculum.

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War on Terror
8:37 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Rockefeller: Crucial Oversight Questions and Problems Need to be Addressed at the CIA

Credit State of West Virginia

The CIA torture report was released last week.  It was a seven year investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee into interrogation tactics used during the war on terror.  While the report has left the nation’s headlines in favor of more current news, the report still resonates with West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller, a member of that committee.  He spoke to us from Washington earlier this week.

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West Virginia Morning
7:56 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Rockefeller Calls Torture Un-American

On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with

U. S. Senator Jay Rockefeller about the reaction to the CIA torture report released last week.  And Glynis Board reports from the growing gas fields of Doddridge County.

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West Virginia Morning
7:50 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Researchers Will Monitor Morgantown Gas Drilling

On West Virginia Morning, a natural gas drilling company is teaming up with researchers as ti prepares to drill more wells near Morgantown.  Also, women are making their mark in the meat industry as butchers.

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Music
8:52 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Bill Withers in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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West Virginia native Bill Withers has been selected for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Withers grew up in Raleigh County.  He will be inducted in the 2015 ceremony along with fellow performers Ringo Starr,  Lou Reed, Green Day among others.

He was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2007. 

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West Virginia Morning
7:50 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Fayette Co. Business Owners Discuss Impact of Boy Scout Amendment

On West Virginia Morning, citizens in Fayette County speak out against the Boy Scout Amendment that passed in November.  They tell lawmakers that they fear the amendment will have a negative economic impact for businesses in the county.  And children’s advocates reveal their legislative wish list at the state capitol yesterday.

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Capitol Hill
12:57 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Manchin Given New U. S. Senate Committee Assignments

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U.S. Senator Joe Manchin will have some new committee assignments when the 114th Congress convenes next month. Manchin's office announced today that he has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. He will continue to be a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

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West Virginia Morning
7:53 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Pooling Proposal Affects Surface and Mineral Rights Owners

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra explains the practice of “pooling” and how it affects mineral and surface owners in the Marcellus Shale gas region of the state.  And we meet Dr. Patrice Harris, a noted physician in Atlanta who grew up in the coalfields of West Virginia.

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Ski Areas Open
8:27 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Winterplace and Timberline Ski Areas Open Friday

Snow making on the tubing run at Winterplace Ski Resort in W. Va.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Skiers and snowboarders heading to the mountains of West Virginia this weekend will find two more of the state’s major ski resorts open for the season.  Winterplace and Timberline open Friday, December while Canaan Valley will open Saturday, December 20.  Snowshoe Mountain has been open since November 26.  Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, which offers one slope for guests, will begin the season when weather permits.
 

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West Virginia Morning
8:15 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Auditions Announced for "The Trial of Dr. Mudd"

On West Virginia Morning, too many teenagers are incarcerated and a task force has come up with recommendations to lower that number.  And Liz McCormick talks with a playwright who is auditioning actors for his latest worked titled “The Trial of Dr. Mudd.”

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News
8:27 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Judge Spaulding Remembered

Judge O. C. Spaulding of Putnam County
Credit West Virginia Supreme Court / flickr

Former Putnam County Circuit judge O.C. Spaulding is being remembered by the state’s judiciary today as hard-working, well-respected and a good friend

Spaulding died yesterday at his home.  The state police say he killed himself.  He was suffering from Lou Gehrig’s Disease, also known as ALS.

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West Virginia Morning
7:52 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Next Generation Standards: W. Va.'s Version of Common Core

On West Virginia Morning, the state board of education listens to teachers for their views on the curriculum known as Common Core.  And Glynis Board sits down with singer Mollie O’Brien and pianist Bob Thompson to talk about their Joy to the World holiday concert tour of the state.

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West Virginia Morning
8:10 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Charleston Police and Clergy Meet to Discuss Race Relations

On West Virginia Morning, in the wake of the shooting deaths of two black men by white police officers, officers of the Charleston Police Department met with local clergy to talk about race relations.  And in Huntington, officials are fighting back against drug trafficking.

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West Virginia Morning
7:52 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Republicans Pledge to Work Together

On West Virginia Morning, Republican lawmakers at both the state and federal levels pledge to work together to move their agendas forward.  And Governor Tomblin tells a classroom of third graders about the importance of STEM based learning. 

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West Virginia Morning
7:52 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Moundsville's Adrian Melott is an Inspiring West Virginian

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from the state capitol where new legislative leaders were chosen yesterday.  And we profile another inspiring West Virginian who was the first to use supercomputers to study the large-scale structure of the universe.

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Weather
8:32 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Half the State Bracing for Snow

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Nearly half of the state is bracing for snow as the Thanksgiving travel season gets underway in West Virginia.  

Forecasters say a nor'easter is making its way up the East Coast bringing precipitation Wednesday into Thursday, with snowfall expected in the higher elevations especially across central Appalachia.

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West Virginia Morning
8:19 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Troubled Youth Thankful for Youth Services System in Wheeling

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board visits the Youth Services System in Wheeling, serving at risk children and young adults.  And Clark Davis reports from the Facing Hunger Food Bank in Huntington.

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West Virginia Morning
7:55 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Hepititus C Drug Works But It's Too Expensive

On West Virginia Morning, Suzanne Higgins reports on a new drug that successfully treats Hepatitis-C, but it comes with a big price tag.  And we’ll visit a distillery in the Eastern Panhandle.

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