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Morning News



The Morning News from the MetroNews radio network gets you updated every weekday morning with news and sports from accross the state of West Virginia with Chris Lawerence and Jennifer Smith.  Hans Fogle will get you updated with all of the news and information from the Eastern Panhandle.

The morning voice of the Morning News on MetroNews has been associated with West Virginia Radio Corporation for more than a decade. 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, and is an accomplished bass tournament fisherman.Chris has also won numerous awards for coverage of the hunting and fishing from the Outdoors Writers Association of America. In 2003, West Virginia Outdoors was judged the Best Outdoors Radio Show in America by the organization. Chris has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists and named Outdoor Writer of the year by the West Virginia Bowhunters Association.Chris and his wife Samantha reside in Hurricane with their three children, Travis, Hank, and Savannah.


Jennifer Smith is a true gold and blue Mountaineer. She grew up in Fairmont and graduated from Fairmont Sr. High. She went on to earn her bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from West Virginia University in 1993.  Jennifer started her career at WBOY-TV in Clarksburg as the anchor of the station's 5:30 newscast "First Edition." she also served as the station's Fairmont Bureau Chief.In 1998 she moved to Charleston to take a job with the CBS affiliate. She spent four years covering everything from the floods to state government to high school football.Jennifer joined Metro News in January of 2003 as the co-anchor of "The Morning News" with Chris Lawrence. She also covers breaking news and loves to find and tell a good feature story.Even though she grew up in Fairmont, Jennifer now considers Charleston her "True Home." in her spare time she's a "Trading Spaces" fanatic and loves to fix up and decorate her home. The love of her life? Lucy Lieu -- also known as Lulu -- her toy miniature poodle. Jennifer never misses a Mountaineer football game.