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Liz McCormick

Liz McCormick

Eastern Panhandle/Education Reporter/Producer

Elizabeth (Liz) 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 where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and New Media with a concentration in Digital Filmmaking and a minor in Theater. Liz is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication with a concentration in Advocacy and Social Impact from American University.

Liz began her work with West Virginia Public Broadcasting as an intern in the main office in Charleston in the summer of 2014. She was later hired as a freelance reporter in July of that year, and then hired full-time in December 2014 as the Eastern Panhandle reporter/producer. In August 2020, Liz added the education beat to her newsroom responsibilities. She is based in Shepherdstown on Shepherd University's campus. (Fun fact: The WVPB Eastern Panhandle office was established in 1992 and is the oldest WVPB news bureau!)

You can hear stories by Liz on West Virginia Morning and Inside Appalachia. You'll also hear her during morning and afternoon local newscasts. Liz covered the West Virginia House of Delegates for three seasons (2015-2017) of WVPB's television program The Legislature Today. Since 2018, Liz has been a production assistant and contributing reporter on the show.

Liz has won awards in various categories of the Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters Association, such as Best Station Promo (2018) and Best Feature or Human Interest Story (2016). In 2016, she won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Use of Sound for her story "A Civil War Christmas." In 2018, Liz was a recipient of Shepherd University's inaugural Finest Under 40 Alumni award.

In 2021, Liz was part of the team that won a National Edward R. Murrow for Excellence in Video. She contributed reporting on the story, "Despite Increasing Demand, Some W.Va. Apple Farmers Struggle." The story was a collaborative effort with reporter Roxy Todd and members of the WVPB Video Production team.

Liz is a lover of music and theater. She has performed in community theater productions since she was a young girl, and studied voice for 14 years. Liz attended Interlochen: Center for the Arts summer camp in Michigan to study musical theater in 2004 and film production in 2009. In 2007, Liz was the West Virginia State Champion of the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest and one of the 12 national finalists that year in Washington, D.C.

During her college years, Liz was involved in choir ensembles and theatrical productions in Shepherd University's Music Department. She studied abroad in Pau, France in the summer of 2012, and she completed an internship with the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. Liz is also a video game enthusiast who loves Nintendo and Pokémon.

You can connect with Liz via email at emccormick@wvpublic.org or on Twitter @LizMcCormickWV

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