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

Beagle owners from far and wide come to W.Va. for competition

Beagle owners from all over the country share their passion for breeding and running champion hunting dogs in a recent West Virginia field trial.

May 18, 2022 - 1:48 pm

PSC participates in blitz to draw more attention to over the road safety

The International Roadcheck 2022 includes inspection of commercial trucks travelling I-64 in Putnam County, I-77 in Wood County, and I-68 in Preston County.

May 17, 2022 - 12:47 pm

Traffic stop leads to biggest Greenbrier County drug bust in more than 25 years

Rupert Police say a suspect pulled over for traffic violations had marijuana and led them to a home where there was supposedly a lot more. A search warrant proved that was true.

May 16, 2022 - 1:59 pm

Go Mart founder John Heater has died

Heater, a trailblazer in for what we know today as a convenience store, died at age 89.

May 16, 2022 - 11:59 am

Ihlenfeld says much can be learned from recent fraud case

Elderly woman was told she had won $1 million.

May 15, 2022 - 4:44 pm

Bluefield State president says new status won't help with all needs

Bluefield State is expected to become a university in July, but Rob Capehart says the school is still handcuffed to provide certain programs to meet the needs of local employers in the region.

May 13, 2022 - 1:09 pm

Pennsylvania angler lands a state record fish on a miserable day

Fishing in torrential rain, Ayden Minick of Mt. Pleasant, Pa. hooked into a beast while taking part in a fishing get together with friends on Summersville Lake.

May 12, 2022 - 3:02 pm