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

Fond memories will be shared ahead of the end of the Charleston Hooter's

Friends jokingly plan an event to say goodbye to the old Hooter's and it goes viral

February 23, 2024 - 10:24 am

Leonhardt excited about the agriculture future in West Virginia

FFA numbers at a record high and there are numerous jobs in the agriculture field for young people to consider for a career

February 22, 2024 - 2:10 pm

McDowell County authorities bust ring delivering drugs to prison via drone

Deputies arrest 11 suspects who were dropping everything from tobacco to fentanyl into the federal prison in McDowell County from the air

February 16, 2024 - 2:00 pm

DNR launches a four year wild turkey study

Data on wild turkeys in the state hasn't been updated in three decades since the birds were dispersed to all 55 counties

February 15, 2024 - 1:30 pm

Requested additional funding would offer help to Division of Forestry during peak forest fire season

State Forester Jeremy Jones hopes funding will be set aside to find a couple dozen part-timers who help when the ranks of full time foresters are stretched thin during fire season.

February 14, 2024 - 1:54 pm

Putnam landowners seek court action to reverse zoning change

Property owners in Frazier's Bottom believe county planners and the Putnam County Commission allows for a zoning change without all of the necessary information to make a decision and it could negatively impact their property and quality of life.

February 13, 2024 - 12:51 pm

Postal workers hope to pack public hearing this week

Postal workers believe the Postal Service deliberately set a public hearing on the matter of the South Charleston mail sorting facility for Valentine's Day to reduce participation.

February 12, 2024 - 1:27 pm