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.



Arts & Culture
7:12 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Homer Hickam Comes to Appalachian Heritage Festival

Homer Hickam on the set of October Sky in 1998.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

This week, the 19th annual Appalachian Heritage Festival comes to Shepherd University. West Virginia native and author, Homer Hickam, is this year’s writer-in-residence.

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Health & Science
8:22 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Help The USDA Count Stink Bugs in West Virginia

Credit Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville is hosting a second year of its Great Stink Bug Count in the hopes more data will help answer previous questions about the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.

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12:10 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Martinsburg VA Holds Town Hall to Hear Veterans Healthcare Concerns

Veterans gathered together for Martinsburg VA Medical Center's first town hall meeting.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A group of impassioned veterans showed up to a town hall meeting at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center last week to voice a litany of complaints. But for the most part, they did NOT echo the national outrage about wait times for doctors' appointments. Instead, the veterans raised issues ranging from homelessness to hospital food.

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3:14 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Historian Explains Why It's Important to Preserve Your Nearby Graveyards

Credit Charles Gordon Clark /

There are many ways to research and learn about our past, but for one historian, studying gravestones and its cemeteries is one of the best ways to find out more about a town’s history.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

BE-Hive, A Family Inspiration Place

Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

There’s a place in historic downtown Martinsburg that’s known to the community as… the BE-Hive. It’s spelled B-E, meaning “to be,” and “hive” meaning “home.” It’s an activity center for children, but it’s not a drop-off point. The parents have to be involved too.

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National Park Service
4:31 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

National Park Service Awards $1.7 Million in Grants to Protect Four Civil War Battlefields

Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Four of America’s Civil War battlefields will receive grants to help preserve their land.

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Farmland Protection
4:39 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Jefferson County Celebrates Addition of 40th Protected Farm

(from left to right) Deloris Nicewarner, William Nicewarner, and Elizabeth Wheeler, Program Administrator, Jefferson County Farmland Protection Board
Credit Jefferson County Farmland Protection Board

Earlier this week, the Jefferson County Farmland Protection Board celebrated the addition of 76.5 acres of protected farmland. Jefferson County's Protected Farmland now expands to 4,038 acres with the addition of their 40th farm.

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4:42 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Unmanned Aircrafts Prohibited on Appalachian Trail Grounds

Appalachian National Scenic Trail
Credit / National Park Service

The National Park Service is prohibiting the use of unmanned aircrafts on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail grounds.

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4:33 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Berkeley County Sheriff's Dept. Says Residents Are Properly Disposing of their Pharmeceutical Waste

Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Courthouses and police departments across the state have been collecting prescription drugs for a few years now. The idea is to cut down on waste in the streams and keep unused prescriptions out of the hands of drug abusers. The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department says collections have almost doubled in the past 5 months.

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6:57 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Libraries in the Eastern Panhandle Say They Need More Funding

(From left to right) Hali Taylor, director of the Shepherdstown Public Library, Dana Jenkins, director of the South Jefferson Public Library, Marcella Genz, director of the Charles Town Library, Gretchen Fry, director of the Bolivar Harpers Ferry Public Library, and Pam Coyle, director of the Martinsburg-Berkeley Public Library.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

As the demand for Internet resources increases, libraries are the starting place for free information. However, budget cuts have forced libraries across the state to scale back drastically on operating hours and access to services, just when it seems those resources are most needed. The Jefferson County branch of the League of Women Voters hosted a public forum on ways the community in the Eastern Panhandle can support the public libraries in their area. These libraries say they have much to offer the public but need more funding.

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12:24 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Blackwater Falls State Park Will Host a Free Viewing Event of the Perseid Meteor Shower

Blackwater Falls State Park
Credit West Virginia Department of Commerce

Blackwater Falls State Park is hosting a free viewing of an annual meteor shower Monday, August 11th and Tuesday, August 12th.

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11:24 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Capitol Market Celebrates National Farmers Market Week

Granny's Greenhouse, one of the many small businesses at the Capitol Market in Charleston.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

It’s National Farmers Market Week, and USDA Acting Under Secretary for Rural Development, Doug O’Brien, visited the Capitol Market in Charleston to help celebrate.

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6:51 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Q&A With Clawhammer Banjo Player, Chelsea McBee

Clawhammer Banjo Player, Chelsea McBee
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

For many West Virginians, the banjo represents a sense of home. That’s certainly the case for Shepherdstown-based musician, Chelsea McBee. The 29-year-old banjo player is a regular on the West Virginia music scene now, but that wasn’t always her plan.

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Public Service
4:51 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Appoints New Managers in Parks and DNR

Credit Office of the Governor

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin named new heads for two sections of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Sam England will be the new chief of the Parks and Recreation section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, and Jerry Jenkins is the chief of the Law Enforcement section.

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Panel Discussion
4:58 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Some Say West Virginia Can Survive the New EPA Regulations

The Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church hosted the EPA Carbon Rules: How Can West Virginia Lead? panel discussion.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia can actually thrive under new U.S. Environmental Protection Regulations that aim to reduce greenhouse gasses, according to three panelists participating in a public forum last week in Shepherdstown.

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5:57 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

NASA Teacher's Workshop Brings Robotics and the Universe into W.Va. Classrooms

Two teachers show off their robot during the "WeDo Robotics!" lesson.
Credit Chris Fleming / STARBASE Martinsburg

Local elementary and middle school teachers in and around the Martinsburg area attended a NASA Teachers Workshop, Wednesday, hosted by STARBASE Martinsburg. Going on its twelfth school year, STARBASE has hosted these workshops each summer to better prepare educators in the ever-evolving field of science and math. But the question is, with all the demands teachers face during the school year, can they effectively take the time for these new resources in their own classrooms?

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Power Outages
5:00 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Mon Power, Potomac Edison Work to Restore Electricity

Mon Power, a FirstEnergy Corporation utility, continues to try to restore power to customers in West Virginia following the summer storm that downed trees and wires in the region beginning last night.

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WV Ambassadors Camp
1:47 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Eighth Graders Participate in a Scavenger Hunt of Charleston

The winning team from the 2014 WV Ambassadors Camp annual scavenger hunt.
Credit Liz McCormick

The best eighth graders in social studies and arts from various counties spent a week learning about West Virginia’s history. One of the events was a scavenger hunt.

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7:33 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

The Infusing Technology Conference Leads Teachers On a Road Toward the Future

Educators utilize iPads and an app called Augmented Reality to learn what sessions to attend during the three-day conference.
Credit Liz McCormick

Encouraging educators from across the state to take hold of new teaching and new learning opportunities is the focus of a three-day conference hosted by the West Virginia Center for Professional Development. It’s called Infusing Technology, and its overall theme is for educators to learn how to effectively teach in a digital age.

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Arts & Culture
5:53 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

What's Next, West Virginia? Mountaineer Boys State Says It's Time for Change

Credit Kristi George / West Virginia Public Broadcasting


Almost every year since 1936, a select group of high schools boys have attended Mountaineer Boys State, and since 1941 girls have attended Rhododendron Girls State. The week long camps, sponsored by the American Legion, focus on citizenship, leadership and patriotism. This year, Boys State focused on the nonpartisan, statewide initiative, What’s Next, West Virginia?  The young men at Boys State had a great deal to add to a conversation on positive change in West Virginia during a 45 minute discussion in Charleston.

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