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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The Legislature Today
7:20 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Comparative Fault Bill Passed in the House

At the legislature today, the first of many tort reforms bills was up for debate in the House of Delegates.  Republicans have said for years such legal reforms are necessary to make the state more business friendly. 

Also, lawmakers hear about a new idea to improve roads and highways. 

These stories, plus we’ll talk with the new minority leaders on The Legislature Today.

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West Virginia Morning
8:57 am
Tue January 27, 2015

House Committee Vows to Help Small Business

Judiciary chairs Sen. Charles Trump (R) Morgan County and Del. John Shott (R) Mercer County discuss tort reform, non-partisan election of judges and other issues on West Virginia Morning. 

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The Legislature Today
6:57 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Judiciary Chairs Discuss Tort Reform

  At the legislature today, a senator from Greenbrier County gave his colleagues an update on the water situation in his district.  A diesel fuel spill has fouled the drinking water for thousands of residents there.  And we’ll sit in on a meeting of the House Committee on Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development to hear how the state assists small business owners.  Also we’ll meet the new chairs of the judiciary committees.

West Virginia Morning
8:21 am
Tue January 13, 2015

State Revenues Still in Shortfall

On West Virginia Morning, Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss gives reporters an overview of the state’s budget challenges and Jessica Lilly continues her series of reports about water quality in southern West Virginia. 

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West Virginia Morning
8:17 am
Mon January 12, 2015

1939 Law Affects the Price for Gas

On West Virginia Morning, lawmakers are discussing the price of gasoline in the state.  And Jessica Lilly begins a series of reports about water quality in southern West Virginia.

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West Virginia Morning
8:11 am
Wed December 24, 2014

A West Virginia Christmas Morning

On West Virginia Morning, the song “Frosty the Snowman” has a West Virginia connection.  The man who wrote it lived in Mineral County.  And reporter Roxy Todd takes us for a ride on the Polar Express in Randolph County.

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West Virginia Morning
7:52 am
Tue December 23, 2014

GOP Lawmakers Get Tips for Running the Legislature

On West Virginia Morning, Republicans will be chairing committee meetings at the state legislature in January and they need a lesson in the parliamentary procedures to run them.  And we’ll travel to Pocahontas County for a re-telling of the story about a Christmas panther.

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Sports
5:58 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Thundering Herd Plays Boca Raton Bowl Tonight

Credit Marshall University

Marshall University's Thundering Herd faces the Northern Illinois University Huskies in a Bowl game tonight.  Kick off is at 6:00 at the Florida Atlantic University Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. The game will be shown on ESPN.

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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