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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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.          

early fall at Dolly Sods, WV
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State foresters recommend heading to the high country this weekend to see foliage at its peak. Perennial foliage hotspots, including Dolly Sods, Blackwater Falls and Canaan Valley are reportedly either at peak or expected to peak over the next few days. In Pocahontas County, favorite foliage spots like Cheat Mountain, Snowshoe and the headwaters of the Greenbrier River are getting close to peak. The Highland Scenic Highway has good but scattered color.

The Silver Lake area of Preston County is approximately 60 percent peak and another recommended destination this weekend.

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Senate President Jeff Kessler announced today that the West Virginia Blue Book, now in its 92nd printing, is available for the first time on the West Virginia Legislature’s website.

First published in 1916, the Blue Book is a comprehensive reference guide on current officials in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government; federal officers; and, political leaders.

Beth Vorhees

The 14th annual WV Filmmakers Festival kicks off this coming Friday at the Elk Theater in Sutton in Braxton County. Dozens of films from around the globe will be screened over 3 days including a dozen or so from West Virginia's filmmakers many of whom will be in attendance.

Fall foliage at Forest Lake, WV
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West Virginia Division of Forestry officials are paying close attention to the changing leaves so they can provide the public with the most colorful routes to see fall foliage at its peak. State Foresters will compile reports weekly throughout October, and the information, including route numbers and specific points of interest, will be released to the public each Thursday afternoon. The reports can be viewed on the DOF’s website, www.wvforestry.com, the agency’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wvforestry and the Department of Commerce’s website, www.wvcommerce.org.

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The official state seal is 150 years old today.

On September 26, 1863 lawmakers in the newly formed State of West Virginia adopted the State Seal designed by Joseph Hubert Diss Debar of Doddridge County.

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Tennis champion Pete Sampras returns to West Virginia this weekend for the Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic.  This is the second annual event.  Sampras won last year's inaugural tennis exposition.
    Sampras will be joined by other tennis greats Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe and Tommy Haas.  Lendl and McEnroe will play the opening singles match at noon Saturday.  The Americans Sampras and McEnroe will play Europeans Lendl and Haas in a doubles match on Sunday.

Bill Cullen hosts "Bank on the Stars" 1954
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A West Virginia native is finding success as a game show historian.  Adam Nedeff grew up in Vienna and graduated from Marshall University in 2005.  His first book has just been published.  It's called "Quizmaster: The Life and Times and Fun and Games of Bill Cullen." Cullen was a popular game show host, first on radio beginning in the 1940's and ending his career on television in the 1980's.

   Here's Bill Cullen hosting the comedy quiz show "Walk a Mile" in 1952. A contestant named Greta is trying to explain how to make couscous.

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