Liz McCormick

Eastern Panhandle Reporter/Producer

Elizabeth McCormick grew up in Charleston, West Virginia and was raised by 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 Filmmaking, Minor in Theater. During her time at Shepherd, Liz studied abroad at le Université de Pau (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, which began in spring 2013.

In the summer of 2013, Liz interned with le Festival de Cannes (Cannes Film Festival) in Cannes, France, where she worked in the Producers Network as a guide for those attending. The following year, in summer 2014, Liz interned with West Virginia Public Broadcasting in Charleston. She was later hired as a freelance reporter for WVPB in July of that year, and then hired fulltime in December 2014 as the Eastern Panhandle Reporter/Producer. She is based out of Shepherdstown.

You can hear stories by Liz on West Virginia Morning and Inside Appalachia. You'll also hear her during morning and afternoon local newscasts. During the state Legislative session, Liz covers the House of Delegates for WVPB's television program The Legislature Today.

Liz has been involved in choir ensembles and vocal technique since she was 7-years-old and has performed on stage in theatrical works since 1999. She's written and produced short films and music videos since high school and is an aspiring singer/songwriter, actor, and novelist. Liz is also a video game enthusiast who loves classic Nintendo 64 games and Pokémon. She has an energetic, orange tabby cat named Calcifer who hardly leaves her lap...or her shoulder.

 

Ways to Connect

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

With only two days left until Christmas, how many of you are still out looking for that one final gift? Well, there’s lots of ways to find that last present – big superstores, malls, or online – but what about shopping locally?  The West Virginia Small Business Administration says, small, local businesses employ nearly half of all West Virginia workers.

 

Procter and Gamble, Procter & Gamble, P&G, Construction
Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia’s first Procter and Gamble manufacturing site located in Martinsburg has been accepting job applications since October 2015, and now the first employees for the plant have been hired. By 2019, about 700 total employees are expected to be working on the site, but there are plenty of hoops to jump through before production actually begins.

 

If you’re out-and-about West Virginia bookstores or gift shops this Christmas, you may come across a coffee-table book set titled, Panhandle Portraits: a Glimpse at the Diverse Residents of West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle.

Congressman Ken Hechler paid to bring hundreds of miners and the widows of the Farmington miners to protest at the nation’s capitol.
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

Longtime West Virginia Congressman, Secretary of State, and World War II veteran, Ken Hechler has died at the age of 102. He was known nationwide for his work in improving coal mine health and safety, among many other accomplishments.

Perry Bennett / WV Legislative Photography

Eastern Panhandle lawmakers met at an annual Legislative Breakfast Friday to discuss their top priorities for the 2017 Legislative session. Senators and delegates touched on a variety of issues, but what’s clear is the region’s growing influence at the statehouse.

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Procter and Gamble in Martinsburg has hired its first 26 employees and expects close to 300 by the end of 2017. Those employees will work at the manufacturing facility being built in the Eastern Panhandle that was announced last year.

Health, doctor, nurse, mask, breathing, health insurance
Dollar Photo Club

Almost 8,000 West Virginians signed up for healthcare during the first month of Open Enrollment under the federal Affordable Care Act this year.

Nikthestoned / wikimedia Commons

Since July 1, the state Bureau for Public Health has been holding public hearings across West Virginia to discuss proposed Source Water Protection Plans.

The plans are the result of legislation approved after a 2014 chemical spill in Charleston left hundreds of thousands of people without usable drinking water for days.

obesity
kwanchaichaiudom / Dollar Photo Club

Obesity rates among West Virginia children in low-income families have increased by 2 percent from 2010 to 2014.

West Virginia's obesity rate among young children from low-income families increased from 14.4 percent in 2010 to 16.4 percent in 2014, according to the national Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Shepherd University

Award-winning author Charles Frazier is 2016's Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence at Shepherd University. Frazier was born in Asheville, North Carolina and spent time as a teacher before he published his first novel, Cold Mountain, in 1997.

Hendrix, Mary Hendrix, Shepherd University, West Virginia University, Cancer Research
Shepherd University

The new president of Shepherd University is partnering with West Virginia University to continue her cancer cell research, and she’s allowing students to watch her work as it’s happening.

Dollar Photo Club

Shepherd University is partnering with Berkeley County Schools and the Martinsburg Police Department to help combat opioid addiction. A new initiative hopes to identify basic causes of drug abuse in at-risk families.

Editor's Note: The previous story reported an incorrect total of seats gained by the West Virginia Republican Party in the state Senate. This story has been updated with correct totals.

Heading into Tuesday night, state Republican Party leaders were confident they could maintain their majorities in both the state House of Delegates and Senate. Their predictions were correct with the GOP's number increasing in the Senate by four.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

As millions of Americans head to the polls Tuesday, just one week ago, children across the nation voted for the next presidential candidate in a mock election. The “Every Kid Votes!” event began with the 2004 presidential race, and every election year since, school children across the country have accurately voted for America’s next president. Will that trend continue this year? 

Phil Hudok is one of three third party candidates running for the gubernatorial seat. Hudok represents the Constitution Party. He touts his Christian values and his message of freedom as some of his qualifications for governor, and he says if elected, he would help get West Virginia on the right track.

Slick-o-bot / wikimedia Commons

West Virginia’s scores on a national science exam are improving.

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, both fourth and eighth grade students in West Virginia ranked 37th out of 47 jurisdictions who participated in the science exam last year.

Capitol
Kristi George / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

While the races for president and for governor seem to be getting all of the attention this election cycle, all five of West Virginia’s Constitutional Offices are also on the ballot. In the race for Treasurer, Democrat John Perdue is the long-time incumbent, holding the position for 20 years. He’s running a race against political newcomer Republican Ann Urling who brings 30 years of community banking to the table. West Virginia Public Broadcasting brings this look at the campaigns for the office.

Roane County Floods
Jeff Fetty

West Virginia is one of four states that will receive part of a $500 million dollar federal flood-relief package. However, it’s unclear how much of it will be awarded to the Mountain State.

Holding Hands, Hold Hands, Baby, Baby Hand, Hand Holding
Pixabay.com

The drug epidemic in West Virginia affects more than just the work force, or the number of people in a prison cell or treatment center. It’s also had a major impact on the state’s foster children. West Virginia Public Broadcasting introduces the Holben family who has seen the impacts of the drug epidemic first-hand.

Coal Layoffs, unemployed
Jessica Lilly / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin joined environmental officials Friday morning to award a $1 million grant that will benefit workers affected by layoffs in three coal counties.

Tomblin announced the award Friday at the Ralph R. Willis Career and Technical Center, in Logan. He says the grant will support stream clean-up efforts in Boone, Logan, and Mingo counties.

Pages