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

CAMC kicks off construction of new education facility

Hospital celebrates the start of construction and kickoff of fundraising for a new facility to help train more specialists in an expanded number of fields.

April 16, 2021 - 1:32 pm

Shooting death under investigation in downtown Charleston

Wounds appear self-inflicted, police say.

April 16, 2021 - 8:11 am

"KJ" Taylor funeral Friday in Charleston

Capital High senior was murdered last week.

April 15, 2021 - 3:31 pm

Scholarship fund established in honor of "KJ" Taylor

Donations can be made through Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation.

April 15, 2021 - 9:37 am

N-3 announces more jobs for its Kanawha Valley operation

Global tech sales and marketing firm to add 100 positions in South Charleston

April 14, 2021 - 1:54 pm

CAMC Covid 19 case numbers on the upswing

Case numbers jump back up at CAMC, but not dramatically to the levels of January.

April 13, 2021 - 1:54 pm

Arrest made in Friday night shooting in Charleston

A mother is dead and her young child wounded in a hail of gunfire Friday night near a Charleston housing complex

April 10, 2021 - 8:24 am