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, continuing our occasional series "Effective From Passage," Beth Vorhees talks with attorney Dan Ringer about some of the laws passed by the 2015 Legislature.  And, it's Friday, so we feature the Mountain Stage Song of the Week.  That's on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting - telling West Virginia's story.


On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports geological researchers are split on whether fracking causes radon in homes near drilling sites. The story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, on this Earth Day, Jessica Lilly reports from a public hearing in Fayette County about permits to put natural gas drilling waste there.  Also, a look back at Earth Day which began in 1970 and the relationship between corporate America and the environmental movement.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

On West Virginia Morning, host Beth Vorhees talks with Southern West Virginia news bureau chief Jessica Lilly for a preview of the issues at stake at a public hearing in Fayette County.  The hearing is about permits for underground injection wells to take natural gas drilling waste.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from Fayette County where citizens are being asked to pass a 65 million dollar bond issue to repair aging school buildings.  And we travel to the state of Wyoming, now the nation’s coal capitol.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, citizens in Monroe County are concerned that a proposed natural gas pipeline comes too close to an historic hotel.  And Randy Newman performs the Mountain Stage Song of the Week. 

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


On West Virginia Morning, the story of the many links West Virginians have to the death of President Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago.  And a report from the eastern panhandle where lawmakers talked about the accomplishments and failures of the past legislative session.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from the state capitol where lawmakers held the first meeting of a special committee on tax reform.  And Clark Davis talks with the first American survivor of the Ebola virus.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports on how the state is dealing with the waste resulting from natural gas drilling.  And Clark Davis visits a learning lab at Marshall University that’s facing state budget cuts.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, we continue our series “Effective From Passage” with a look at some of the tort reform bills passed by the 2015 legislature.  And Ashton Marra reports from the State Board of Education about science standards and climate change.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from a meeting of the state board of education where members considered requests from county school systems to waive the requirement for 180 days of instruction.  And we’ll re-visit a ramp feed in Richwood, known as the ramp capitol of the world.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra visits a free health clinic in Charleston – one of many across the state that are facing budget cuts.  And, you will no  longer be allowed to have outdoor upholstered furniture in Morgantown.  These stories  on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees sits down with the NPR Diversity Team to talk about NPR’s initiative to bring a variety of voices to its coverage.  And Glynis Board reports on a new study from WVU about power plant emissions and it’s effect on vultures. 

On West Virginia Morning, we’re reminded of the Upper Big Branch mine disaster.  The tragedy unfolded five years ago.  And Liz McCormick reports from Jefferson County where a popular distillery has re-opened for business after action by the West Virginia Legislature. 

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


On West Virginia Morning, we begin a series of reports about coal’s decline in central Appalachia from our news partners at The Allegheny Front in Pennsylvania.  And our Mountain Stage song of the week features a performance by a long time friend of host Larry Groce.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra talks with the state’s new chief health officer, Dr. Rahul Gupta about his plans to improve the overall health of the state’s citizens.  And we’ll visit a car-building competition at WVU that has students already being recruited for jobs in the auto industry. 

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


On West Virginia Morning, a young man who found himself in the state’s juvenile justice system talks about what can be done to transition juvenile offenders to a productive life.  And we’ll take a tour inside of a Morgantown landmark that has rarely been seen. 

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


On West Virginia Morning, a special report about natural gas drilling in northern and central West Virginia.  Glynis Board takes us through the little known effect of drilling called “well communication.” 


On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with Dr. Suzanne Cole, the staff oncologist at the Charleston Area Medical Center.  Dr. Cole’s work is featured in a new television documentary premiering tonight on PBS called “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.”  We’ll also hear a clip from the documentary  on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, Jessica Lilly talks with the Federal Co-Chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission about the region’s progress over the last 50 years.  And Jim Lange profiles jazz guitarist Ryan Kennedy who is releasing his first solo CD tonight.  Kennedy is a member of the Mountain Stage band. 

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


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