John Cantees

Announcer/Newscaster

John spent time in Marshall University's broadcast journalism program where he worked with WMUL. He is currently a student at West Virginia State University, where he studies communications and broadcasting. John also holds the position of Vice President for the WVSU chapter of The National Broadcasting Society.

Dave Mistich and John Cantees provide an update as a state of emergency remains in place for 44 of West Virginia's 55 counties after heavy rainfall has devastated pockets of the state.

Flooding, downed trees and other emergency situations have stalled response in some counties.  

On this West Virginia Morning, Roxy Todd brings us a report on a long-time sheep shearer and why he
 feels the time is right for retirement, and we listen to some poety from Jeff Mann.

On this West Virginia Morning, Kara Lofton brings us a report on the possible solutions for West Virginia's rural hospitals that are vulnerable to closure and we listen to a response from Gayle Manchin to an opinion piece by Garrret Mathews on the topic of McDowell County.

  

 On this West Virginia Morning, we hear a collaborative, investigative story on issues related to hydraulic fracturing from Glynis Board, the Center for Public Integrity and the new regional journalism collaborative, Ohio Valley ReSource. We'll also hear from Ohio Valley ReSource's managing editor Jeff Young about the project, what they hope to accomplish and how they'll get there.

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On this West Virginia Morning, we hear from Appalachia Health News Reporter Kara Lofton and Iraq War veteran Mark Combs as they discuss suicide rates among vets, Dave Mistich gives us an update on the WV Legislature's special 2016 session, and we hear our Mountain Stage song of the week.

On this West Virginia Morning, we hear how a meeting of the West Virginia Supreme Court candidates went and we hear from Dinosaur Burps -- a home-grown West Virginia hip-hop group with a fresh take on their genre.

On this West Virginia Morning we get an update on the state of PEIA funding and Beth Vorhees brings us a story on the Mountain Music Trail.

On this West Virginia Morning, we revisit the story of the Handle With Care program and a plan for McDowell County to improve literacy and education to their residents.

On this West Virginia Morning, we hear some suggestions from The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy about what the West Virginia Legislature can do to close the state's budget gap for the next fiscal year. We also get the story from Kara Lofton about a group of health care professionals trying to bridge the gap between health care and Appalachians who need it.

On this West Virginia Morning, we learn about an anti-islamophobia movement in Appalachia and we hear the story of a local economy taking a hit as a result of a decline in natural gas business.

On this West Virginia Morning, we take a look at the Republican presidential candidates and their stances on fracking and the environment. We also get a report from Clark Davis about a soon-to-be-abandoned CSX building in Huntington and some of the plans for the space.

On this West Virginia Morning ,we take a look at a Supreme Court ruling on campaign financing and Reid Frazier brings us a report on the current stances of the democratic presidential candidates.

On this West Virginia Morning, new efforts from the federal government are aiming to greatly reduce the prescription opioid and heroin overdose rate in places like West Virginia. We also hear from Frank X. Walker, keynote speaker at the 2016 Appalachia Studies Association conference.

On this West Virginia Morning, We get a first-hand look at the life of an 11-year-old boy who came to West Virginia six years ago to flee conflict in Syria.

On this West Virginia Morning, Kara Lofton brings us an update on the merger between Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary's Medical Center. We'll also hear from a farmer from Ohio who is speaking out about GMO labeling for food in America.


On this West Virginia morning Marshall University Associate Professor of Counseling Carole Smith speaks with Inside Appalachia host Jessica Lilly about how to help children cope with a job loss in the family.  We also hear a bit of "Black River Killer" by Blitzen Trapper, who you can hear more from on Mountain Stage Saturday night at 8.

On this West Virginia Morning, a physics professor thinks he has found a better way to tell when food is fresh and he’s taking it to the market.

On this West Virginia Morning, we get the latest on why the 2017 budget has not been completed, even though the 2016 legislative session has ended. We also hear from Liz McCormick about health-outcome rankings for West Virginia counties.

On this West Virginia morning we hear about two big mergers with a presence in the state and how they might affect the area. First, Glynis Board takes a look at the Dow-Dupont merger and it's potential impact on the community of Washington, West Vrginia. Also, Appalachia Health News’ Kara Lofton talks with Marketplace’s Dan Gorenstein and Leemore Dafny, director of Health Enterprise Management at Northwestern University about Cabell-Huntington Hospital's acquisition of St. Mary's. 

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On this West Virginia Morning, we hear stories on the 2017 Budget, a voter ID bill which is on its way to the Governor's desk, repealing common core, and a protest of hundreds that formed at the Capitol over the weekend.

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