Liz McCormick

Eastern Panhandle Reporter/Producer

Elizabeth McCormick grew up in Charleston, West Virginia with her grandmother. She graduated from Capital High School in 2010 and graduated from Shepherd University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications - Digital Film and a minor in Theatre. During her time at Shepherd, Liz studied abroad at the University of Pau, in Pau, France for a month in summer 2012, and she was on the first executive board of Shepherd's French Club that began in spring 2013.

In the summer of 2013, Liz did an internship at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France working in the Producers Network as a guide to those attending, and in summer 2014, Liz interned with West Virginia Public Broadcasting in Charleston. She is now the Eastern Panhandle Reporter/Producer for West Virginia Public Broadcasting based out of Shepherdstown, WV.

Liz has been involved in choir ensembles and vocal technique since she was seven-years-old, and she has performed on stage in theatrical works since 1999. An aspiring filmmaker, singer/songwriter, novelist, screenwriter, and voice actor, Liz identifies herself as an artist of many trades and wishes to bring her love of art to the world.

 

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Legislature
6:00 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Confusion in the House Government Organization Committee

Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

What started out as a simple committee meeting to examine the progression of a bill turned into an hour of confusion in the House Government Organization Committee Wednesday.

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Legislature
6:00 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Tort Reform is Discussed on the House Floor

Minority Leader, Tim Miley
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

When a vehicle accident occurs, who is at fault? And how much should those at fault pay in damages? These are questions the House of Delegates grappled with Tuesday as they discussed abolishing joint liability and implementing comparative fault.

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Legislature
6:00 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Future of Small Business to Be Further Discussed in 2015 Legislative Session

Kristina Oliver, the State Director for the West Virginia Small Business Development Center, discusses the future of small business with delegates.
Credit Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Owning a business is a dream many people have, but it’s not always easy to start it up and keep it going. Delegates met last week to discuss the future of small businesses in the state.

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Legislature
7:00 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

More Upset Over Energy in the House Chamber

Credit West Virginia Legislature

A controversial bill that gives employers some immunity from lawsuits over work place accidents is off the agenda for the House Judiciary committee for now. Committee chairman, John Shott, announced today that stakeholders are meeting to find some agreement to the bill. House Bill 2011 deals with the issue of deliberate intent.  It was the subject of a public hearing earlier this week.

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Legislature
6:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Repealing the Alternative & Renewable Energy Portfolio Act Passes in the House

Emotions were high in the House Chamber Thursday as House Bill 2001 was on its third reading and up for a vote.

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Legislature
7:00 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Road Maintenance from Marcellus Shale Drilling Concerns Delegates

The House Finance Committee hears budget requests from the Department of Transportation.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The House Finance Committee met Wednesday to hear the budget requests from various agencies within the Department of Transportation. But one of the many concerns the Delegates had was the state of roads due to Marcellus Shale drilling.

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Legislature
6:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Hog Farming on Inactive Mountaintop Removal Sites Could Bring More Jobs to Southern W.Va.

Mountaintop removal site at Kayford Mountain, West Virginia.
Credit Kate Wellington / creativecommons.org

The term “pork barrel” often refers to a government appropriation for local projects secured primarily to bring money to a representative's district. But in the House Tuesday, Delegates heard of a different kind of pork project. The discussion during the House Committee on Agriculture was centered on using old mountaintop removal sites for hog farming.

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Legislature
3:47 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

A Tense First Day in the House of Delegates

Credit West Virginia Legislature

January 14th marked the first day of the 82nd Legislative Session. For the first time in 80 years, Republicans took majority in the House, but on that first day, the Democrats, now in the minority, came out swinging.

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Legislature
5:58 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Delegate Miley Says Jobs Are Available in Harrison County

Credit West Virginia Legislature

As the legislature begins its session, the Republicans now holding the majority tout job creation as their main focus for the next eight weeks. On the House floor today, Delegate Miley of Harrison County noted that there are plenty of jobs in the north region of the state.

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Legislature
4:14 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Delegate Tim Armstead is Elected as House Speaker

Delegate Tim Armstead being sworn in as House Speaker.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

In a historic first day to the 82nd Legislative Session, Republicans are now the majority in the House, and Republican Delegate, Tim Armstead was elected as House Speaker.

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Legislature
6:00 am
Wed January 14, 2015

GOP Leaders Share Hopes for State of the State

Incoming Senate President, Bill Cole.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

With the anticipation of Governor Tomblin’s State of the State address tonight, Senate President, Bill Cole and incoming House Speaker, Tim Armstead  shared what they hope to hear in the Governor’s speech.

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Arts & Culture
5:21 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Specialty Coffee Shops are on the Rise in W.Va.

Liz McCormick West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Coffee has always been a popular drink. It’s been a big trade item for hundreds of years and continues to be one of the leading beverages in the world. Coffee is so popular that many people don’t even care if it’s cheap or low quality; as long as they have that caffeine fix. But more and more people are searching for that higher quality coffee only found in the specialty shops.

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Legislature
5:00 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Bullying in Schools to Be a Topic of Discussion in 2015 Legislative Session

Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Bullying and harassment in schools was the topic of discussion during the Joint Standing Committee on Education yesterday.

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Arts & Culture
11:49 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Puppet Protest Commemorates January 9th Chemical Leak

Mother Earth and the elements; earth, water, fire, and air.
Liz McCormick West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A protest featuring giant puppets was held in front of the Kanawha County Public Library yesterday, commemorating the January 9th chemical spill one year ago.

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Water Crisis
6:00 am
Fri January 9, 2015

One Year After the Chemical Leak, Mother and Daughter Still Don't Drink Tap Water

Lida Shepherd and her daughter, Lucia.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

It was some ten days before all of the families affected by the tap water ban following Charleston’s chemical spill were able to return to life as usual within their homes. And many did just that, once again drinking, cooking and bathing with water straight from the tap. The same, however, can’t be said for every family in the valley including Lida Shepherd, who says she still won’t drink the water.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Documentary Inspired by Water Crisis to Premiere at Culture Center

Near Frametown, several miles below the Sutton Dam. Drone shot.
Mike Youngren Presidio Studios in Lewisburg

Mike Youngren has lived in Charleston for the last 20 years. A West Virginia Public Broadcasting alum, Youngren pursued filmmaking after retiring. When the January 9th chemical leak happened, Youngren decided the problem was widespread enough for people to stop to pay attention to what he had to say. With this in mind, he decided to develop his documentary, Elk River Blues.

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Health
4:12 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Officials Discuss Flu Prevention in West Virginia Schools

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared a flu epidemic last week, with West Virginia among the states with widespread activity. Officials met at a Charleston elementary school today to discuss flu prevention now that schools are back in session.

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Merry Christmas
11:36 am
Tue December 23, 2014

West Virginian Responsible for Classic Christmas Song, Frosty the Snowman

Walter E. "Jack" Rollins
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The man behind the lyrics of Frosty the Snowman, Peter Cottontail, and Smokey the Bear is none other than West Virginian, Jack Rollins. His song about a magical snowman coming to life and bringing holiday cheer can be heard almost everywhere this time of year. In 2011, Rollins was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.

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Education
1:06 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Yes or No to Common Core? W.Va. Isn't Sure.

A box of the yellow t-shirts worn by many anti-Common Core citizens.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Common Core is an educational initiative that has been in news headlines lately due to some controversy surrounding it. At the State Capitol yesterday, Delegates, Senators, and public met on the House floor to hear from eight representatives either for or against Common Core.

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Child Poverty
9:52 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Our Children, Our Future Campaign Reveals 2015 Legislative Agenda

Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

According the 2013 American Community Survey, one in three children in West Virginia under the age of 5 lives in poverty. It’s something the Our Children, Our Future Campaign to End Child Poverty in West Virginia is focused on. The group met at the state capitol yesterday to reveal the top ten priorities it will tackle during the 2015 Legislative Session.

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