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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

State Parks rebound after difficult start to the season

Parks have been able to navigate the difficult circumstances created by the 2020 pandemic

July 12, 2020 - 6:32 pm

DNR admits mistake in hunting regulations

The Natural Resources Commission rejected a controversial proposal which would have allowed youth to hunt with crossbows in the four archery only counties, but it was still accidentally printed in the new regulations.

July 11, 2020 - 11:38 am

CAMC has big plans to build out telemed program

FCC grant will enable hospital to build out existing platform to better serve rural patients in southern and central West Virginia.

July 9, 2020 - 2:28 pm

Hard to know where next storms could hit

Intense heat could spawn thunderstorms, some of them powerful, just about anywhere in West Virginia without much warning this week.

July 8, 2020 - 1:47 pm

Charleston Mayor defends her decision to remove marker from city park

Mayor Amy Goodwin said her decision was not aimed at erasing history, but instead finding a more appropriate place for a plaque honoring a militia group which fought for the south during the Civil War.

July 6, 2020 - 10:22 am

Three Kentucky men admit to deer poaching in Mingo County

All three admitted to riding across the Tug Fork River on four-wheelers to kill deer in Mingo County illegally with rifles.

July 1, 2020 - 3:53 pm

Charleston Rod Run and Doo-Wop cancelled due to pandemic

Organizers say there was no way they could adequately meet health department guidelines to make it a safe event, so it's been scrapped for 2020

July 1, 2020 - 11:28 am