Liz McCormick

Freelance News Reporter

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. She is now a Freelance News Reporter with West Virginia Public Radio and is based in 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.



Food & Drink
10:23 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Distillery Helps Sustain Jefferson County's Rural Economy

(from left to right) Eric Bell, CFO & Operations Manager, Linda Losey, co-founder, and Tom Keifer, co-founder
Liz McCormick West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Bloomery Sweetshine Distillery located in Jefferson County has attracted around 50,000 tourists since it opened in 2011. While Jefferson County has been called the leader in tourism and economic impact in the state, some say the rural economy is struggling, and this distillery could be helping to revive it.

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10:33 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Italian Company Could Change the Way W.Va. Looks at Waste

Hogbin shows what the confetti-like material will look like. After the cleaning process, he says it is safe to touch.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Landfilling has been the main source of getting rid of waste for centuries. But a new technology coming to West Virginia may change how we think of waste disposal, and in the long run, help our environment.

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3:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Review of Athletic Commission Seeks Financial Stability

Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A Government Organization subcommittee reviewed an evaluation of the state Athletic Commission today and recommendations to improve the agency’s bottom line.

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Public Education
7:15 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

BOE Recommends Lawmakers Revisit State Aid Formula

Tom Campbell, a member of the WV Board of Education, addresses the committee.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A committee appointed by the West Virginia Board of Education has spent the past 18 months studying how they can better provide services regionally to the county school systems. They presented the final report to lawmakers yesterday which included a recommendation for the upcoming session.

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Restricted Pets
9:18 am
Tue November 18, 2014

List of Restricted Pets Revisited and Adjusted

Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The state Department of Agriculture’s proposed list of restricted pets in West Virginia was revisited by members of the Legislative Rule Making Committee yesterday.

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2014 Elections
7:31 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Meet Delegate-Elect for the 65th District, Jill Upson

Credit Jill Upson / Twitter

On Election Day last week, Republican Jill Upson defeated Democrat Tiffany Lawrence for the House of Delegates in the 65th District.

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3:47 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

W.Va. 2014 Rate of Late Preterm Births at 9.1% in March of Dimes Report Card

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West Virginia once again earns a “C” on the 2014 March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card.

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9:43 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

W.Va. Native Curtis Fleming Teaches School Kids About Fly Fishing

Liz McCormick West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The Outdoor Channel features a show titled, Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming. It makes stops across the country to feature different places to fly fish. Last week, the show stopped at Cabins, West Virginia in Grant County to hold an event to push for kids to go outside and fly fish. Among the participants, were two students from the Chestnut Mountain Ranch School in Morgantown. It’s a Christian school that serves troubled boys. One of the students talked about the qualities of fly fishing that might help him and others like him in his therapy.

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Election 2014
2:29 am
Wed November 5, 2014

West Virginia's 2nd Congressional House Seat Remains Red

Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The seat in the second Congressional Delegation came up for grabs after Shelley Moore Capito decided to run for the United States Senate.

The enthusiasm at the Mooney campaign’s post-election party in Charles Town was anything but quiet. As soon as the polls closed at 7:30 p.m., supporters showed up in droves.

Throughout the evening, the vote tally between Mooney and Casey remained close, but the Republican’s supporters never faltered in confidence.

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Veterans Affairs
10:28 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Wounded Warrior Program Provides Therapy Through Kayaking

Liz McCormick West Virginia Public Broadcasting

There are many organizations and programs across the country that seek to help wounded veterans. Some of those programs, like the Wounded Warrior Project, have received criticism recently from media outlets like the Daily Beast and Veterans Today, questioning the program’s agenda. But a program at Shepherd University that’s in partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project seems to be thriving.

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1:49 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Ebola Seminar Helps Ease West Virginians' Worries

Dr. Matthew Simmons, infectious disease specialist at Berkeley Medical Center
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

In an open seminar at the Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, Ebola preparedness was the focus of discussion. It’s been in the headlines across the country for a while now, but should West Virginians really feel at risk of contracting the disease? Doctors in the state say West Virginians have little to fear.

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2014 Elections
5:40 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Libertarian Candidate Davy Jones Says He Will Represent Middle-Class In W.Va.'s 2nd District

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Libertarian candidate, Davy Jones, is running for the 2nd  Congressional District seat against Rebublican Alex Mooney, Democrat Nick Casey, and Independent Ed Rabel. Jones lives in Martinsburg and is a political newcomer. He found his way into politics after doing IT work for the West Virginia Libertarian Party.

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2:30 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Shepherdstown Kicks-Off Second Annual Boo!Fest

Credit Shepherdstown Visitors Center

Just in time for Halloween, the second annual Boo!Fest in Shepherdstown kicks off tomorrow night starting with a Vampire Ball.

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5:04 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

SafeWise Report Says W.Va. is the 15th Safest State in the U.S.

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West Virginia was named the 15th safest state in the US for settling down and raising a family. According to a blog from the website, West Virginia is one of the safest places to live in America coming in at number 15.

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Inside Appalachia
3:59 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Author Homer Hickam Visits His Home State

Homer Hickam at the 2014 Appalachian Heritage Festival at Shepherd University.
Credit Cecelia Mason / Shepherd University

Every October, author and West Virginia native, Homer Hickam, makes a trip home to West Virginia for the annual Rocket Boys festival in Beckley…but he also makes a point to stop in on his hometown of Coalwood in McDowell County during his visit. 

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STEM Education
12:07 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Second Smallest School in West Virginia Works on NASA Project

This week, students at a very small West Virginia school are wrapping up a very big science project…with help from NASA. They’re building a full scale model of a satellite. It’s something you might not expect to see at the second smallest school in the state...but one teacher had the ambition and enthusiasm to make it happen.

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School Threats
7:07 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

Updated: Former Mussleman High Student Arrested for Making Terroristic Threats

Editor's Note: We have redacted the photo and username of the person in question due to the potential of they being a minor. The tweets included in this post are graphic in nature and have not be edited.

Updated: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 9:40 a.m.

A former student faces charges of using a hacked Twitter account to threaten a Berkeley County school.

Police arrested 21-year-old Justin Matthew Light of Kearneysville around 1:30 a.m. Monday. Light is charged with making threats of terrorist acts.

Berkeley County Sheriff Kenneth Lemaster Jr. announced the arrest Monday afternoon during a joint news conference with school officials.

Schools Superintendent Manny Arvon says an individual in Massachusetts alerted authorities after seeing the online threats against Musselman High School. The threats were posted on Twitter on Sunday.

The Twitter account belongs to another former student who now attends Fairmont State University.

Light is being held at the Eastern Regional Jail.

Updated: Monday, October 13, 2014 at 1:05 p.m.

Berkeley County Schools says a former student at Musselman High School was arrested Monday for making terroristic threats against the school principal, students and staff. The school system says those responsible will face criminal prosecution. 

Updated: Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 11:29 p.m.

Berkley County Sheriff Kenny Lemaster says an investigation is ongoing and a person of interest has been developed after threats were made Sunday to open fire at Musselman High School on Monday morning.

Lemaster says the threats were made after a Twitter account had been hacked. He says the person whose identity was compromised is not a suspect.

Lemaster says law enforcement officials are working towards making an arrest as evidence continues to be collected.

Classes at Musselman High School are planned for Monday.

Lemaster said additional officers will be on call, and law enforcement officials will have an increased presence at Musselman High School and throughout the county to try to ease student and parents concerns.

“We are urging people not to give into their fears on this. We are working hard with so students and staff can safely go to school,” Lemaster said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, West Virginia State Police, Martinsburg Police and Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department were involved in the investigation.

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8:46 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Eastern Panhandle Farmers Express Concern Over Proposed Storage Tank Regulations

Terry Polen, West Virginia DEP Ombudsman, explains the proposed aboveground storage tank regulations to farmers and businessmen in the Eastern Panhandle.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

After a chemical spill contaminated the drinking water for 300,000 West Virginians, state lawmakers passed a bill to regulate above ground storage tanks in the hopes of preventing it from happening again. Just a few weeks ago, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection released some guidelines for tank owners on how to interpret that law until their inspection program is finalized later this year. The DEP held an informational meeting in Martinsburg yesterday to hear the concerns of tank owners and collect comments on their new program.

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Arts & Culture
5:34 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

CATF to Be in New York City in October

The Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown will, for the first time, take one of its world premieres to Off-Broadway in New York City.

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4:20 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

STEM Camp for Middle School - Age Girls

On Saturday, a STEM camp for middle school girls will be held at Shepherd University.

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