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, she is the producer of The Legislature Today West Virginia Public Broadcasting's nightly news program.

Beth is currently the Executive Producer of The WV Channel. She was previously the Director of News and Public Affairs at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, having led an 8 person news team with bureaus across the state. 

She 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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Bob Thompson
W.Va. Public Broadcasting / W.Va. Public Broadcasting

Bob Thompson and his band present their annual concert Joy to the World in three West Virginia cities this week. 

“You have to be very careful when you’re dealing with Christmas music because this is music that belongs to everybody and people know this music.  It’s special to them. So you can’t take it too far away from what it is. You still want to evoke those memories of the holidays with people so you can’t get too far outside.  But at the same time we try to put our own stamp on it.”

Actor, Gen. Lee portrayer
W.Va. Humanities Council

The West Virginia Humanities Council is seeking applications from individuals interested in portraying historical figures with statewide name recognition for the Council's popular History Alive! program. Portrayals of historically significant people no longer living, from any period of history, are eligible for consideration. For people with an interest in history, theater, or both, History Alive! offers a meaningful opportunity to expand those pursuits while helping to enlighten and educate West Virginians.

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Dec 3, 2013

More than 150 consumers from the Kanawha Valley  are expected to attend "Consumer University," a free educational seminar hosted  by AARP Foundation on Thursday, December 5, at the Charleston Embassy Suites, 300 Court Street, Charleston. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m.
Thursday’s Consumer University event features presenters including representatives of the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office, West Virginia Senior Medicare Patrol, AARP Foundation, West Virginia State Health Insurance Assistance Program, and the West Virginia Bankers Association.

Beth Vorhees / W.Va. Public Broadcasting

Students at South Charleston High School are working on their own satellite.  It will be launched into space by NASA on a Soyez rocket sometime next year.  The satellite will gather all kinds of data and beam it back to the school for five years.  This is what it means to talk about STEM – science, technology, engineering and math and the students are pretty excited about it.

Bridget Lancaster
America's Test Kitchen / America's Test Kitchen

As you prepare for your family's big Thanksgiving Day meal, don't be nervous.  The cooks at America's Test Kitchen have got you covered and one of them is a West Virginia native.  Bridget Lancaster was born and raised in Cross Lanes,  just outside of Charleston.  She's been testing recipes in the company's kitchen in Boston since 1998.  Now she is one of the stars of America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country Television Show seen on PBS.  Wednesday night at 9:00 on West Virginia Public Radio, Bridget and her kitchen colleagues will be serving up Thanksgiving Day tips. 

The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame will induct its latest class of notable musicians Saturday, November 16.  West Virginia PBS and West Virginia Public Radio will air the ceremony live from the Culture Center Theater in Charleston at 8 p.m. Executive Director Michael Lipton considers the induction ceremony and the short video bios about the artists being inducted as historical documents that highlight the diverse array of musical styles for which West Virginia is known.

Odebrecht logo
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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced this afternoon that a Brazilian petrochemical company, Odebrecht, has chosen a site in Wood County to explore the possible location of an ethane cracker plant and three polyethlene plants. 

The governor was disappointed when Shell announced a few years ago it was choosing Pennsylvania over West Virginia for a cracker plant.  And he’s wanted one ever since.

Matt Jackfert
David McClanahan / West Virginia Public Radio

Listen for new open and closing theme music on West Virginia Morning this week.

Local composer Matthew Jackfert, a part time board announcer at West Virginia Public Radio, was commissioned to write a new theme for the weekday news program.

Click to listen to the old theme music  here.

Listen to the new theme here.

Many thanks to the talented musicians who performed this stunning new work.

Joseph Cevallos -- Violin, Pennywhistle

Alasha Al-Qudwah -- Viola

alcoholic beverages
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Any substance a woman takes, whether it’s tobacco, alcohol or methamphetamine, can effect the development and structure of a fetal brain.  That’s the message today from a leading researcher of child development.

Dr. Ira Chasnoff, one of the nation’s leading researchers in the effects of maternal alcohol and drug use on newborn infants says early intervention is the key for healthy babies.

Governor Tomblin’s education reform bill passed by the legislature earlier this year requires all children to read proficiently by the third grade.  A strategy to make sure that happens will be discussed at an education summit Tuesday, November 5. 

From grades kindergarten to third grade, children learn to read.  By fourth grade, they must read to learn.

West Virginia ambulance
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The American Heart Association in West Virginia is working with nearly 100 healthcare and emergency medical service providers to provide better care for heart problems.  The group says that hundreds of thousands of Americans have a type of heart attack called a STEMI in which blood flow is completely blocked to a portion of the heart. Unless the blockage is eliminated quickly, the patient’s life is at serious risk.

Rocks in Cheat River
The Nature Conservancy / Kent Mason

Fifty individuals or organizations who contributed to the protection and restoration of West Virginia’s natural heritage over the past 50 years are being honored by The Nature Conservancy, which has announced the Mountain State’s “Conservation Heroes.”

golfer Sir Nick Faldo
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The Greenbrier is holding another big golf event this weekend.  It's the 17th Grand Final of The
Faldo Series. A total of 101 golfers from 19 countries will join golf professional Sir Nick Faldo for the World Amateur Golf Ranking event. The resort is the very first American golf club to host it. The tournament is for golfers aged 12 to 22  who will compete over three rounds on the Old White TPC course. Off the course, they will spend time with Faldo and his personal coach Keith Wood.

Battle of Gettysburg
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The 2013 Civil War Scholars Lecture Series program, “On a Great Battlefield: The Making and Memory of Gettysburg,” will be presented by Dr.

Nellie Rose Davis
Peter Aasledstad / Create W.Va.

A statewide conference will be taking over the small town of Richwood in Nicholas County this weekend.  Create West Virginia is holding its sixth annual conference there.  Rather than meeting at a large state resort park, attendees at the conference will hold their discussions about creative economic development in buildings throughout the town.  Entrepreneurs will set up pop up shops in some of the empty storefronts on Main Street in Richwood.  Young entrepreneurs like textile maker Nellie Rose Davis will debut her latest fashion line.  Cutting edge technology will be featured in a makers

fall foliage
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Regional Forester Tom Cover says foliage close to the New River Gorge Bridge should be near peak for this Saturday’s Bridge Day.

The West Virginia International Film Festival opens tomorrow night in Charleston for a week’s worth of movies from around the world.

  The vice president of the festival can’t wait to show local audiences a French film called “Holy Motors.”  It’s a fantasy drama about a man and his limousine. Emmett Pepper is also a fan of another movie to be featured at the festival.


Students in eight West Virginia public schools will be playing new musical instruments in their bands and music classes this year.  The new instruments come thanks to a partnership between the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.

Which schools?

Beckley-Stratton Middle School in Raleigh County

George Washington Middle School in Putnam County

Horace Mann Middle School in Kanawha County

Milton Middle School in Cabell County

Summers Middle School in Summers County

Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia’s congressional delegation is weighing in on the shutdown’s
effect on mine safety. Approximately 1,400 of MSHA’s 2,355 employees are
furloughed during the government shutdown. Three miners were killed
on three consecutive days this past weekend, including one from West

In his remarks Thursday from the House floor, Congressman Nick Rahall
urged his colleagues to “abandon this ridiculous political showdown that
is undercutting the safety in our mines, our industrial facilities, our
food chain, and so much more.”

Wil Haygood
The Washington Post

In most cases, a novel or biography inspires a film. But for journalist and author Wil Haygood, the sequence has been dramatically different.  A November 7th, 2008 article by Haygood in The Washington Post inspired the Lee Daniels film The Butler and then Haygood went back to write the book, The Butler: A Witness to History.