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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

Power outages remain high and limbs keep breaking

Crews are working on the difficult task of restoring power in a massive tangle of broken trees and wire all while another winter storm threatens heavy snow which could further complicate the problem

February 17, 2021 - 1:45 pm

West Virginia braces for another winter storm

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Even as crews attempt to restore power to thousands left in the dark by a pair of  ice storms, West Virginia is in the path of another major winter weather system. “Snow will initially overspread the area this evening and much of tonight. When we start moving into tomorrow, Thursday, there’s the

February 17, 2021 - 12:57 pm

State of Emergency declared as counties struggle with mounting power outages

Cabell, Lincoln, Putnam and Wayne counties under declaration from Gov. Jim Justice.

February 16, 2021 - 2:22 pm

Power restoration won't be fast process

Crews work to assess and make repairs, but its a slow go as thousands wait in the cold and the dark in West Virginia

February 16, 2021 - 1:31 pm

Power outages top 100,000 after a second ice storm in W.Va.

Many of the same areas struck by last week's ice storm are hit a second time and now temperatures are going to plunge.

February 16, 2021 - 6:57 am

Parts of W.Va. in line for a second ice storm in less than a week

Some of the same areas will be hit again and this time counties of the eastern panhandle may see ice accumulation as well.

February 15, 2021 - 11:46 am

DOH shifts recruiting strategy for engineer positions

The Department of Highways is on the hunt for the next generation to maintain and plans West Virginia's highway system.

February 14, 2021 - 1:25 pm