Clark Davis

Huntington Reporter/Producer

West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Clark Davis can be heard throughout the week on West Virginia Morning at 7:30am during NPR's Morning Edition.

Clark works in the Huntington Bureau of West Virginia Public Broadcasting covering news and public affairs for radio and sometimes television.

Clark joined West Virginia Public Radio in 2007 as the Huntington reporter.

Clark graduated from Marshall University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Radio/TV and later in 2007 with a Masters in Public Relations.

Born in Huntington, Clark grew up an enthusiastic sports fan and has always been interested in radio.

He has been married since 2010.

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Marshall Food Pantry
1:42 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Marshall Opens Food Pantry for Students

MU Alumni Association holds drive for pantry.

College students are not part of the group that most would think about needing help from a food pantry. Marshall University officials say the need is definitely there for that little extra support for students to get by and are doing something about it.

Marshall University and the Huntington Area Food Bank have teamed up to develop a food pantry on campus for students. The idea for the pantry began two years ago.

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Jobs for the Homeless
4:27 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Jobs First Program Helps Huntington’s Homeless

People who have found jobs through the Jobs First Program.

Officials at the Cabell-Huntington Coalition for the Homeless are taking a new approach to the problem of homelessness and unemployment.

  Jobs First is a new idea developed by coalitions around the country. Instead of working with job candidates by training, developing and molding them before they apply for jobs, Jobs First helps them find jobs right away and continues to train them while they’re employed.

Helping the unemployed and homeless find work first puts them one step closer to a stable living environment where they can provide for themselves.

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Economic Impact
1:58 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Businesses Lose $61 Million Because of Elk River Spill

Signs like this one at Charleston Bread on Capitol Street illustrate how local businesses were forced to temporarily close in the wake of the Jan. 9 spill. They and other businesses soon reopened but they took a significant hit because of the water crisis.
Credit Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A local research group has calculated that roughly $61 million was lost by local businesses as a result of the chemical spill into the Elk River.

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Marshall's Connection to Sochi
4:51 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Herd Tennis Player Grew Up in Sochi

Credit Braxton Crisp

One Marshall University athlete has a unique perspective on the home of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

When Anna Pomyatinskaya talks about Sochi, Russia she reflecting on a place she calls home. The freshman Marshall University tennis player just arrived on campus in January after spending the last few years at IMG Academy in Florida. She says she’s not been back to Sochi since winter break of the 2012-2013 school year. She said her home looks completely different.

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Campus Concerns
2:45 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Huntington Mayor Speaks with Students

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams took some time out of his schedule last week to pay a visit to Marshall University students and professors.

Since his election in 2012, Huntington Mayor Steve Williams has made a conscious effort to be out in the community. Last week marked the beginning of a second year of “Coffee with the Mayor.”  This is a once a month visit Williams makes to the Marshall University Memorial Student Center - his effort to hear the concerns of students and faculty.  

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Guest Lecture
3:15 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

NPR Host to Speak at Marshall

Host of National Public Radio’s “Snap Judgment” Glynn Washington will speak at Marshall University Tuesday evening.

Glynn Washington isn’t your prototypical NPR talk-show host. "Snap Judgment" isn’t your prototypical NPR show and yet the popularity of the program that can be heard at 9 p.m. each Sunday evening on West Virginia Public Radio is growing quickly. Washington wanted the show to be different.

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Local Foods
1:30 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Wild Ramp Continues to Succeed in Huntington

Since opening in July 2012 the farmers market in downtown Huntington has injected nearly $350,000 back into the Huntington community.

Charles Barton sells organic lamb meat at the Wild Ramp local foods market in downtown Huntington. The farmer from Bakerton, West Virginia in the Eastern Panhandle is the perfect example of why the small market has succeeded.

“They were looking for people to join in and I was looking for a market I could be comfortable with and besides it gets me home more, Huntington is my home,” Barton said.

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Science
2:47 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Marshall University Anthropologist Uses 3-D Printer to Teach Human Evolution

Credit Rick Haye, Marshall University Communications

    

Biological Anthropologist Paul Constantino has decided that a 3-Dimensional printer is the next step in teaching his students about human evolution.

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Marshall Sports
2:00 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Can Marshall be a Top 25 Team in 2014?

Credit Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

A 31-20 victory over the University of Maryland in the Military Bowl has many around the Marshall Football program excited about next season.

With much of the team returning for the 2014 season after finishing 10-3, expectations are high for Thundering Herd Football. Many have predicted top 25 rankings for the squad. Others have predicted they’ll win the conference. Marshall Head Coach Doc Holliday said high expectations are good for his team.

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Water Ban
4:08 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Small Businesses Struggle With Water Ban

As the water ban was lifted throughout the Charleston area yesterday restaurants and bars started to open their doors for the first time since Thursday.

Deno Stanley is the owner of Adelphia Sports Bar and Grille in downtown Charleston. He said when he received word last Thursday that he would have to close because of the water ban he was not happy.

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Water Ban
5:24 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

West Virginia American Water Lifts Ban Zone-by-Zone

Credit Scott Finn / Twitter: @radiofinn

West Virginia American Water began the long-awaited flushing process yesterday afternoon for residents who have been without water since Thursday.

Residents in the nine counties began the flushing process using an interactive online map. The chemical leak has left residents without the use of water since Thursday. Residents have been instructed to follow a detailed process once their area is in the blue zone on a map at amwater.com. Jeff McIntyre is President of West Virginia American Water. He said it’s a three-step process.

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Smartphone Application
3:56 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Huntington Creates App to Alert Area in an Emergency

The recent chemical leak into the Elk River affecting a 9-county water supply has underlined the importance of the ability for officials to get an emergency message out to the public. Huntington is dealing with the issue through a smartphone app.

Heads Up Huntington is a free phone app that

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Non-profit
4:21 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

How do Food Banks Survive Slow Donation Periods?

The first few months of the new year always prove to be tough when it comes to gathering donations for non-profits like the Huntington Area Food Bank. So the food bank is thinking outside the box.

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Marshall Sports
12:04 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Herd Prepares for Maryland Terrapins in the Military Bowl

Marshall Football will finish the 2013 season with a trip to the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Maryland against the University of Maryland on December 27th.

The trip to the Military Bowl marks Marshall’s 11th bowl trip in the school’s history and the first under Head Coach Doc Holliday. Following a 9-3 regular season the Thundering Herd was knocked off in the Conference USA Championship game at Rice 41-24.  Holliday said bowl trips are much more fun when you win.

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Charity
4:03 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Homeless Coalition Welcomes Donation of Heating-Air Units

Some residents in apartments at the Cabell-Huntington Coalition for the Homeless got an early Christmas present this week.

Nine of the 54 efficiency style apartments at the Vanity Fair space at the Coalition received heating and air units this week. The units that were picked were ones with heating and air units that currently have to be held together with a mix of different parts.

The units came from Honeywell, a corporation specializing in technologies that include heating and air conditioning units. Bob Hansen is Executive Director of the homeless coalition.

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Middle school education
2:57 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Cabell Board Members Tour Multi-Million Dollar Facility

Cabell County Board of Education Members gathered yesterday morning at the site of the brand new Huntington East Middle School for a tour.

Huntington East Middle will house students from the current Beverly Hills and Enslow Middle Schools. The $24 million facility sits on top of a hill just off route 60 outside of Huntington. As time nears for students to enter the facility in January, board members gathered to get their first look.

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College Football
2:11 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

West Virginian Cites Video Game Experience in Application for Coaching Job

Marshall University graduate and systems integration analyst Chris McComas sent the University of North Dakota a Powerpoint presentation to outline his coaching philosophy.
Credit @chrismmmccomas / Twitter

  Marshall University graduate and systems integration analyst Chris McComas wants to become the next head coach of the North Dakota Fighting Sioux football team. The way he went about applying for the job is genius.

He began his pursuit for the position by emailing Brian Faison, the athletic director of the university. In that email McComas attached a hilarious Powerpoint presentation detailing his coaching philosophy that wasn't short of brazen confidence.

Sports websites like Deadspin began picking up the story.

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Elderly Health
4:08 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Researcher Shows Elderly Struggle During Power Outages

Dr. Shirley Neitch examines patient.
Credit Rick Haye, Marshall University Communications

A professor of geriatrics at the Marshall University School of Medicine recently published an article that shows the elderly struggle when the power is out.

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Veterans
11:55 am
Fri December 6, 2013

American Legion Post 16 in Huntington to Host Forum

The country’s largest organization of wartime veterans, the American Legion will host a town hall meeting in Huntington tonight.

Members of the American Legion’s System Worth Savings Task Force plan to listen to concerns of veteran’s about the care they receive at the VA Medical Center in Huntington. Periodically the team visits VA Medical Centers is different regions of the country to evaluate the care being given, part of each trip includes a sit down with veterans from the area and specifically ones who have received care at the VA.

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High School Football
4:34 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Wayne Makes Return Trip to Wheeling, While Huntington Makes First

Credit facebook.com/supersixwv

For the second straight year two Huntington area teams are headed to Wheeling this weekend to battle for football State Championships in this year’s Super Six. Both Huntington High and Wayne High have taken different routes. 

For Huntington High the game marks the first trip to the state title game since 1966, and a possible first state championship in football. For Wayne High, it’s the third straight appearance and a chance at three straight titles in Class AA and a state record 37 wins in a row.

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