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.

Ways to Connect

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra joins host Beth Vorhees with an outline of the campaign stops by presidential candidates this week.  Also a profile of incumbent Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin who is seeking re-election to the high court. 

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

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from Mingo County where Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton explained her position on coal and the communities that rely on it.  Also, Liz McCormick profiles Wayne King, a Clay County attorney who is running for a seat on the West Virginia Supreme Court. 

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

On West Virginia Morning Ashton Marra profiles Darrell McGraw, a former state Attorney General and Supreme Court Justice who is running again for a seat on the high court and a personal story from reporter Roxy Todd.  She interviews her mother about The Farm, a birthing facility in Tennessee. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting - Telling West Virginia's story.

A West Virginia native and WVU journalism school graduate is part of the team that received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service based on an international investigation of the fishing industry in Southeast Asia.

Over the course of 18 months, Margie Mason was among the journalists from The Associated Press who located men held in cages, tracked ships and stalked refrigerated trucks to expose the abusive practices of the seafood industry in that part of the world.

On West Virginia Morning, we’ll explore how Earth Day got its name.  We’ll have a preview of this week’s edition of Inside Appalachia and We Banjo 3 is along with our Mountain Stage song of the week.  That’s all coming up on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

On West Virginia Morning, the state's Poet Laureate Marc Harshman reads poetry by Appalachian poet Robert Morgan.  And Clark Davis reports about a local storytelling website in Huntington. 

These stories coming up on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting - telling West Virginia's story.

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports from Wheeling where a city council candidate’s campaign sign was defaced with black spray paint and how the community has responded.  And Earth Day is celebrated this Friday.  We’ll have a report about how corporate America is using the occasion to advertise its environmental stewardship. 

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

Pallottine Foundation

The Pallottine Missionary Sisters have announced the creation of the Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon. This new foundation will serve healthcare related needs of the community in Barbour, Lewis, Randolph, Upshur, and Webster counties through its annual grant award process.

On West Virginia Morning, a special report from Appalachia Health News contributor Jessie Wright-Mendoza about HIV and AIDS care in southern West Virginia.

That's on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting - Telling West Virginia's story.


On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports on Saturday's Democratic Gubernatorial Forum and Appalachian Health News reporter Kara Lofton reports from the West Virginia Bike Summit.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting - Telling West Virginia's story.

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports from Wheeling where Central Catholic High School is celebrating 150 years.  And from Pennsylvania, a report about the fate of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan in that state. 

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

On West Virginia Morning, a special report – “Autism: A West Virginia Story.”  Health reporter Kara Lofton talks with families about the challenges of getting needed therapies for their children.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Alec Ross

On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with Charleston native Alec Ross about this new book “The Industries of the Future,” a guidebook for young West Virginians seeking job opportunities.  That’s coming up on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

On West Virginia Morning, in Huntington a training program to teach people how to use a drug that reserves a heroin overdose is proving popular.  And R & B great Mavis Staples is along with our Mountain Stage Song of the Week. 

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

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra continues her conversation with the sisters of one of the miners killed six years ago this week in the Upper Big Branch mine and what they will tell the judge this morning at the sentencing of Don Blankenship, who’s company owned the mine.

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra talks with the sisters of one of the miners killed six years ago today at the Upper Big Branch mine.  Also, Roxy Todd talks with Catherine Moore about her radio documentary that airs tonight. 

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

On West Virginia Morning a southern West Virginia businessman who moved to Pennsylvania to take advantage of the natural gas drilling boom is closing his clothing store because the boom is now a bust.  Also, Glynis Board reports from the Ohio Valley Hip Hop Awards.

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting - Telling West Virginia's story.

Mountain Music Trail
Wild Wonderful West Virginia

The Mountain Music Trail is open and ready for visitors.  The Mountain Music Trail consists of venues throughout five counties in eastern West Virginia that came together to promote the traditional music, dance and folkways of the Allegheny Mountain region.  The trail follows along scenic Route 219 through Tucker, Randolph, Pocahontas, Greenbrier and Monroe counties.  

Live video of the floor sessions will be available via the West Virginia Channel. Also be sure to follow along with our news team on Twitter @wvpublicnews

For a look back on what's happened this session, take a look at this season's episodes of The Legislature Today.

Office of the Governor

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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