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Chris Lawrence


The morning voice of the Morning News on MetroNews has been associated with West Virginia Radio Corporation for more than two decades.  The native of Big Stone Gap, Virginia joined the company as an anchor at WAJR in Morgantown in 1990.

The University of Tennessee graduate not only excels in anchoring and reporting on MetroNews, but also has flourished in his coverage of hunting and fishing.  Chris serves as host of the popular West Virginia Outdoors each Saturday morning.

Chris has also won numerous awards for coverage of the hunting and fishing from the Outdoors Writers Association of America.  He has twice been awarded the coveted “President’s Award” by the organization for his efforts.  Chris has also been honored by the West Virginia Broadcasters Association and Society of Professional Journalists for his work. He was named Outdoor Writer of the year by the West Virginia Bowhunters Association.  He was also part of the news team at 58-WCHS Radio which has twice been awarded the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in electronic journalism by RTDNA.

When not working, you’ll likely find Chris somewhere outside.  He’s probably hunting, fishing, or enjoying time with his family.

Chris and his wife Samantha reside in Hurricane and have three children, Travis, Hank, and Savannah.  They also have two grand children.



Recent Articles by Chris Lawrence

Trail cam pics didn't do justice to a Ritchie County buck

J.P. McClung considered not even hunting the four-year old buck he was getting on his camera, but that changed after he finally laid eyes on him in person.

November 5, 2022 - 1:59 pm

American Heart Association teams with DNR for heart health for hunters

Heart attacks are one of the top calls for Natural Resources Police during the West Virginia buck season.

November 5, 2022 - 11:54 am

Putnam voters considering first-ever public safety levy

Officials say longtime fire service fee no longer meeting needs.

November 4, 2022 - 3:29 pm

Cabell Midland team will play with heavy hearts

Victim struck and killed on I-64 was a senior member of the Knights' football team who was to be among the seniors honored at tonight's game

November 4, 2022 - 11:58 am

An outpouring of support for injured Clay County player

Panthers defensive lineman Salty Morton faces a long road of recovery after severe injuries in a car wreck this week

November 3, 2022 - 3:00 pm

TV host remembered by his boyhood hometown

Kanawha County Commission and the Town of Glasgow, W.Va. welcome home native son Mark Bowe of Barnwood Builders

November 3, 2022 - 1:42 pm

Heated rhetoric and accusations in final days of a key state Senate race

Incumbent Senator Ron Stollings said he's had to defend himself by setting the record straight against opponent Mike Stuart.

November 2, 2022 - 3:46 pm