Beth Vorhees

News Director, West Virginia Morning/News Host

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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On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia and the Executive Director of the state Council of Churches about the Day of Hope to be held in September.  That’s  on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, Liz McCormick reports from Harpers Ferry where businesses are working to rebuild after a devastating fire last week.  Also, Ashton Marra has the latest about the Congressional debate over the No Child Left Behind Act.

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


On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from the National Governors Association meeting held late last week at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs.  And Jesse Wright has the story of a Dutch man who is tending the grave of a West Virginia soldier who was killed in action in the Netherlands during World War Two.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


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Dr. Donald Rasmussen, an internal medicine specialist who helped spark the 1969 Black Lung Strike, died on Thursday. He was 87.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that throughout the 1960s, Rasmussen became involved in groundbreaking research about black lung, a sometimes-fatal disease caused by inhaling coal dust.

On West Virginia Morning, Liz McCormick reports from Harpers Ferry.  The popular historic town was badly damaged by a large fire yesterday.  Also, we visit Davis and Elkins College for Irish Week at the Augusta Heritage Center.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with Governor Tomblin about hosting the National Governors Association summer meeting at the Greenbrier.  The conference opens today.  And Roxy Todd tells us the story of Rabbit Jones, and the nightclub scene in segregated Charleston.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


  On West Virginia Morning, signing up for Americorps is very popular among citizens here.  Today, we meet a member who helps veterans find housing, education and employment.  The story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story. 

On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with a media business analyst about Charleston losing its status as a two newspaper town.  Also, Jesse Wright takes to Chestnut Ridge Park in Morgantown to listen to its annual summer concert series. 

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


On West Virginia Morning, a report from Jefferson County in the Eastern Panhandle about a nature preserve that’s also an art studio.  The story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, a lot of music.  We’ll meet a brother and sister team playing the blues at the Augusta Heritage Center, preview Matt Jackfert’s debut on Performance Today this morning and country superstar Martina McBride has today’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


All of us here at West Virginia Public Broadcasting are very proud of our in house composer and afternoon news host Matt Jackfert.  On Performance Today Friday morning, Matt's worked titled "Vandalia" will make its broadcast premiere.

The performance by the West Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra was recorded at the State Opera House in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, which is the sister city of Charleston, West Virginia.  Matt talked with West Virginia Morning host Beth Vorhees about his work.

On West Virginia Morning, Jesse Wright reports on reaction to a new study about the potential of developing the Utica Shale formation.  And Ashton Marra talks with a journalist and author who focuses on women working in STEM fields.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


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On Thursday, officials with the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will begin conducting joint preliminary damage assessments with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in ten counties after this week's severe thunderstorms. 

These first assessments will record damages to personal property and infrastructure in Braxton, Clay, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, Nicholas, Putnam, Roane, Webster, and Wood counties.  Governor Tomblin declared a State of Emergency in those counties this week.

On West Virginia Morning, a settlement between a gas company and the Public Service Commission might lead to lower gas bills for customers.  Also, the United Mine Workers union has filed an objection to Patriot Coal’s bankruptcy plan with includes large bonuses for executives.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.

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Over 36 thousand customers are without power this morning after another line of severe thunderstorms moved through the state yesterday.  On its website, Mon Power says it expects to turn the lights back on for its 7,291 residents and businesses by ten o’clock tonight.

On West Virginia Morning, Us & Them host Trey Kay talks with Beth Vorhees about his latest podcast concerning evolution and climate change.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board has a story about Food Link, an effort to connect people to food resources.  The story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, we feature a lot of music.  From the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins we learn about Louisiana Cajun music and Umphrey’s McGee is featured on our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


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Coal production from mines using mountaintop removal has decreased 62% from 2008 to 2014.  That figure was released this week by the U.S. Energy Information Agency.  Taylor Kuykendall, coal reporter for SNL Energy, an on line news service, says the coal industry is facing a perfect storm.  Low demand, federal regulations, competition from natural gas and pressure from campaigns against the mining practice from environmental groups have all taken their toll.  We spoke with Taylor Kuykendall about the news.


On West Virginia Morning, everyone will have a chance to review and comment on the state’s education standards on a new website.  Ashton Marra has that story.  And Liz McCormick reports on the All Good Music Festival which is returning to West Virginia today.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


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