Liz McCormick

Eastern Panhandle Reporter/Producer

Elizabeth (Liz) 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 B.A. in Communications: Digital Filmmaking and minor in Theater.

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 fulltime in December 2014 as the Eastern Panhandle Reporter/Producer (a.k.a. the Eastern Panhandle Bureau Chief). She is based in Shepherdstown on Shepherd University's campus.

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 nightly television program, The Legislature Today. Today, Liz is a production assistant for the show, and her main duty is to produce video roll-ins from the House and Senate floor sessions. She is also in charge of posting the show's podcast and web post.

Liz has won awards in various categories of the Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters Association. 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 Finest Under 40 Alumni award.

Liz is a lover of music and theater. She’s performed in community theater productions since she was eight-years-old, and she studied voice for 14 years. Liz attended Interlochen: Center for the Arts summer camp in Michigan to study musical theater (2004) and film production (2009). In 2007, Liz was the state champion of the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest and one of the 12 national finalists that year. During her college years, Liz was frequently involved in choir ensembles and theatrical productions in Shepherd University's Music Department. She studied abroad in Pau, France (2012), and she completed an internship with the Cannes Film Festival (2013). Liz is also a video game enthusiast who loves Nintendo and Pokémon.

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BridgeValley Community and Technical College is one of nine CTCs in West Virginia.
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A bill West Virginia Public Broadcasting followed closely during the 2018 regular state Legislative session could resurface in 2019 – legislation that would offer tuition assistance to in-state students attending a Community and Technical College. Last year, it was often referred to as the "free community and technical college bill," and it would’ve provided the “last dollar in” after all other forms of financial aid had been exhausted.

West Virginia House Majority Leader Daryl Cowles, R-Morgan, studies legislation in a House Finance Committee meeting in 2017.
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West Virginia lawmakers in the Eastern Panhandle have a long list of issues they hope to tackle in the upcoming state Legislative session, including reintroducing a controversial bill to allow eligible people to carry guns on college campuses.

Outgoing W.Va. Senator Ed Gaunch, R-Kanawha (right), shakes hands with Gov. Jim Justice on Dec. 4, 2018 as he accepts the position of Secretary of Commerce.
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A pair of West Virginia Republican lawmakers who lost reelection bids in November will fill two open cabinet positions.

Students at Computers
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Thousands of unused items like computers, monitors, keyboards and mice are being donated to the West Virginia Education Department for use in schools across the state.

The "Fallout Boy" stands in front of the West Virginia Capitol.
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Bethesda Game Studios' "Fallout 76" video game hit store shelves this week. West Virginia Tourism officials are hoping to promote the state to a wider audience with the game’s launch.

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The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation awarded West Virginia University Reed College of Media a grant of $125,000 to help recruit, develop and train a new generation of independent community newspaper owners.

Lodge in Cacapon Resort State Park, Morgan County, W.Va., May 2008
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Gov. Jim Justice’s office made two announcements Friday all related to infrastructure in the Eastern Panhandle.

Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County, W.Va. played a pivitol role during the American Civil War.
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Undergraduate students from any college or university in the United States can spend a semester immersing themselves in the study of the American Civil War here in West Virginia beginning next year.

Jessica Leake / Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

West Virginia Public Broadcasting held a community outreach event Tuesday night at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in Martinsburg to discuss the future of jobs in the Eastern Panhandle.

One of West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s organizational goals is to help facilitate an ongoing statewide conversation about job opportunities in West Virginia – what jobs are out there and what are the barriers to getting them?

Dozens of locals came out to rally before the W.Va. Public Service Commission's public hearing on the Mountaineer Gas Pipeline expansion into the Eastern Panhandle. October 24, 2018.
Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The West Virginia Public Service Commission traveled to Shepherdstown this week for a public hearing to address concerns about a pipeline expansion project in the Eastern Panhandle. About a hundred people showed up to rally before the event. Dozens went on to speak during the hearing – and many took the opportunity to mention the controversial Rockwool manufacturing company.

Broom Maker Wanda Hott (center) with her granddaughters Shelby (left) and Kierra (right).
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In 2017, West Virginia Public Broadcasting featured one of West Virginia’s last remaining broom makers; Kanawha County resident Jim Shaffer. The story ended with a question: would this dwindling art continue once Shaffer retired? Well, it turns out, a whole family in Hampshire County makes brooms together, and they were inspired by Shaffer himself.

Join West Virginia Public Broadcasting and Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in Martinsburg as we co-host a FREE panel discussion with regional experts exploring the future of job opportunities in the Eastern Panhandle – and how to get there.

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Updated on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 at 3:55 p.m.

Today is the last day to register to vote in West Virginia’s upcoming midterm election.

The West Virginia Secretary of State's office says voters have until midnight tonight to register online to vote. And mail-in registrations must be postmarked by today, October 16.

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The award-winning video game publisher Bethesda Softworks is launching a new online game set in post-nuclear West Virginia, and the West Virginia Tourism Office is partnering with the company to promote both the game and the state.

Karen Spears Zacharias.
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The 2018 Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence at Shepherd University is Karen Spears Zacharias. Zacharias grew up in a military family but spent most of her childhood in the hills of Appalachia.

During the Vietnam War, her father was killed in action, and his death left a major impact on Zacharias’ life and the lives of her mother and siblings.

The Paloma Crisis Stabilization & Detox Center is located on Wilson Street in Martinsburg, W.Va. It's the first of its kind in Berkeley County since the 1990s.
Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

It’s been more than 20 years since Martinsburg had an in-patient detox facility. That changed Friday.

The open house for the Paloma Crisis Stabilization & Detox Center attracted dozens from the community. The project took two years and was funded through a state grant of more than $1 million. The center will offer 16 beds to people with substance use disorders. It will be open 24/7.

Protesters in downtown Charles Town, W.Va. on Aug. 2, 2018.
Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday that he fully supports the Rockwool development project in Jefferson County, despite the level of pushback to the project from local residents.

Screenshot from the "Recovery Boys" trailer.
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West Virginia Public Broadcasting is partnering with Shepherd University next week to co-host a free screening of “Recovery Boys” – a feature documentary film directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon.

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Both the Northern and Eastern Panhandles are experiencing flooding this week as rain continues to fall on the two regions. Preparations are also being made across the state to respond to possible heavy rainfall from Hurricane Florence at the end of the week.

Hundreds of Jefferson County residents and locals from nearby counties rallied outside the Jefferson County Community Center on Saturday Aug. 25, 2018 to protest the Rockwool company.
Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The European-based insulation manufacturing company Rockwool held a handful of community open houses last week at the Jefferson County Community Center. The aim was to better-connect with residents, many of whom don’t want the company to locate in the Eastern Panhandle. Rockwool’s final open house drew a crowd of hundreds who rallied outside to protest the plant.

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

There’s been contention in recent weeks in Jefferson County between thousands of residents and a new manufacturing plant being built called Rockwool. In response to the pushback, the Denmark-based company has scheduled community open houses through Saturday to engage with community members.

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Last updated on Aug. 21, 2018 at 2:46 p.m.

Two West Virginia Supreme Court seats will appear on the midterm election ballot later this fall.

West Virginians have until midnight on Aug. 21 to file for either seat. Voters will decide on Nov. 6 who fills those seats.

Hundreds gathered in Charles Town Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 to protest a new manufacturing plant being built in nearby Ranson. The plant will manufacture stone wool insulation a few miles from public schools and neighborhoods.
Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Updated Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 at 8:10 a.m. with additional interviews, plus reactions from local residents and the Jefferson County Commission, and FAQs from the W.Va. DEP.

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The widow of the Shoney’s Restaurants founder has died. Betty Schoenbaum was 100.

Schoenbaum and her late husband, Shoney's founder Alex Schoenbaum, were longtime philanthropists in West Virginia, Sarasota, Florida and Columbus, Ohio, where she met him on her first day of classes at Ohio State University.

Shopping, Clothes, Girl Shopping
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The application deadline for school clothing vouchers in West Virginia has been extended to Aug. 10.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Family Assistance made the announcement in a news release Tuesday.

Students at Computers
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Higher education leaders in West Virginia announced Wednesday a goal to see more of the state’s workforce with a formal education credential beyond high school by 2030.

Angie Gray, Nurse Director for the Berkeley-Morgan County Health Department, shows a box of sealed, sterile syringes given to participants in her harm reduction program.
Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Across West Virginia, people are fighting back against the opioid epidemic and pushing the message of recovery. Some of these people run harm reduction clinics – which sometimes include needle exchanges. We meet a nurse in the Eastern Panhandle who runs one of these programs.

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The West Virginia National Guard’s Quality Assurance and Control team have inspected and approved eight more new homes this week built for families affected by major flooding in June 2016.

In a press release, the Guard said the homes meet building standards.

Thoroughbred horses participating in a race at the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, W.Va.
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The dog and horse racing industries have played a major role in West Virginia’s economy since the mid-1930s. But in recent years, lawmakers at the statehouse have debated whether these industries fit into the state’s economic future. Those who support the racing industry are fighting to see it survive, while others say it doesn’t bring in revenue like it once did.

(left to right) Jerry Gilbert, Pres. of Marshall; Gordon Gee, Pres. of WVU; Kendra Boggess, Pres. of Concord; Michael Farrell, Commissioner with the WV Higher Education Policy Commission; and Gov. Jim Justice. During a press conference on July 2, 2018.
WV Governor's Office

West Virginia ended its 2018 fiscal year with a budget surplus of almost $30 million, according to Governor Jim Justice. Next, the governor said he’ll look to improving the state’s higher education system.

The governor said Monday in a press conference, 2012 was the last time West Virginia ended a year with a surplus without mid-year cuts.

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