CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Beth Vorhees was honored Saturday with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the West Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Association.
Vorhees joined WVPN in 1984 and served as news director twice, first in 1985-1991 and again since February 2012. Since the early 1990s, Vorhees has expanded the news department to a statewide network of bureaus that includes Athens, Huntington, Beckley, Charleston, Morgantown and Martinsburg.
She hosts the network's signature radio news show, "West Virginia Morning," and serves as producer and host of WVPN's "Inside Appalachia." The regional public affairs show tells Appalachia's story each week and is heard on public radio stations from West Virginia to eastern Kentucky and east Tennessee.
On the television side, Vorhees has been the producer and host of "The Legislature Today" on West Virginia Public Television since the early 1990s. Airing weeknights when the legislature is in session, the program features policy makers from all levels of government who explain what bills are being considered and the significance they have to ordinary West Virginians.
The Significant Impact Award went to Jessica Lilly, also of WVPN-FM. The award honors a broadcaster who has made contributions to news reporting, management, and education in West Virginia.
Lilly, who has worked at WVPN since 2008, also teaches at Concord University's Department of Mass Communications.
Television's Elizabeth Noreika of WCHS-TV and radio's Laura Hatfield of WMUL-FM were named as West Virginia Associated Press Broadcast Journalists of the Year.