Dave Mistich

Digital Editor/Coordinator

A native of Washington, W.Va., Dave Mistich joined West Virginia Public Broadcasting in October of 2012, as the Charleston Reporter. He covered stories that ranged from the 2012 general election, the effects of Superstorm Sandy on Nicholas County and a feature on the burgeoning craft beer industry in the state. Dave has contributed to all locally-produced news and public affairs programs at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, including West Virginia Morning and Inside Appalachia, as well as The Legislature Today.

Dave has also contributed to NPR newscasts  and newsmagazine programs, including All Thing Considered, upon multiple occasions--covering the major gas line explosion in Sissionville in December 2012, U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller's announcement in January 2013 that he won't run for reelection in 2014, the murder of Mingo Co. sheriff Eugene Crum in April of 2013,  a set of new lawsuits against DuPont for their production of C8, and the January 2014 water crisis that affected 300,000 West Virginians across nine counties. He also covered the February 2015 CSX oil train derailment in Fayette County. 

In June 2013, his coverage of the Sissionville gas line explosion won an award for Best Breaking News from the West Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

When West Virginia Public Broadcasting launched its new web presence in October 2013, Dave became Digital Editor / Coordinator. In this role, Dave oversees news coverage online and works with the rest of the news staff in developing new and unique ways of telling stories on the web.

On Thanksgiving night 2013, West Virginia Public Radio premiered Mountain Stage at 30: A Radio Retrospective, an hour-long radio special/documentary that Dave produced on the history of the live performance radio show. Dave also took part in Moutain Stage's 30th Anniversary Celebration show and interviewed guests and former staff and crew during a live broadcast.

Before coming to West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Dave worked as a freelancer for various newspapers and magazines locally and around the country, including The Charleston Daily Mail,  Relix, and PopMatters, where he focused exclusively on critiquing and writing about popular music. 

A graduate of Marshall University’s W. Page Pitt School of Journalism & Mass Communications, Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts in Radio-Television Production & Management.  He is also finishing a Master of Arts Journalism degree there and is hopelessly trying to complete a thesis which focuses on America’s first critically-oriented rock magazine, Crawdaddy!

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Federal investigators say a broken rail that was overlooked on two previous inspections led to a fiery oil train derailment in southern West Virginia in February.

The Federal Railroad Administration announced Friday the results of its investigation into the Feb. 16 derailment during a snowstorm in Mount Carbon.

  On this West Virginia Morning, we get an update on the trial of Don Blankenship, including testimony from former coal miner Bobbie Pauley. Beth Vorhees also speaks with West Virginia University journalism professor John Temple about his new book American Pain. Also, JD Souther recruits Nellie McKay for a cover of Cole Porter's "Everytime We Say Goodbye."

Exhibit 1, Coal Seam Diagram
U.S. Attorney's Office of the Southern District of West Virginia

Federal prosecutors in the case against former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship have begun to release exhibits introduced as evidence in the trial. Attorney Booth Goodwin and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia began uploading the exhibits Thursday to a page on the office's website. 

The exhibits entered as evidence include diagrams of coal mines, videos of mining equipment used in the process, animations of mine ventilation systems and federal Mine Safety and Health Administration standards, among others. 

Stream Lab
@hunterguire via Twitter

West Virginia is no stranger to issues surrounding water quality. In recent years, reports on the effects of acid mine drainage and the questioned safety of fracking waste have made headlines. 


The Culture Center on the West Virginia Capitol Complex has been evacuated after construction crews struck a high pressure gas line. 

Metro 911 dispatchers say the leak was reported at 11:51 a.m. and the gas company is on site. Dispatchers also report that the leak occurred on the Capitol Complex across from the Exxon gas station at the corner Washington and Greenbrier Streets. The leak has been stopped and it is currently being monitored by the gas company.  

Greenbrier Street is closed from Washington Street East down to Kanawha Boulevard, including Virginia and Quarrier Streets and Franklin Avenue. 

Our very own Ashton Marra spoke with WNYC's The Takeaway to preview the trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. Marra recaps the events of the April 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster, explains the charges against Blankenship and the response of locals here in West Virginia.

Tax Reform Committee Campaign Contributions
Data Source: Institute on Money in State Politics / / Data Visualization by Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

When Republican lawmakers took control of the state Legislature for the first time in some 80 years in 2015, party leaders maintained their legislative priorities wouldn’t change. 

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An advocacy group formed after the January 2014 Elk River Chemical spill will launch a campaign aimed to create a publicly-owned water system in the Kanawha Valley.

In a Thursday news release, Advocates for a Safe Water System says the organization will launch the “Our Water” campaign Tuesday at the University of Charleston.  The group seeks to have a public takeover of West Virginia American Water.

Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Craft beer lovers in West Virginia have had plenty to get excited about as of late. From new breweries to new legislation, a lot has been happening for the industry in the state.

West Virginia also just wrapped up its first ever craft beer week. Highlighted by festivals, tastings, tap takeovers and other special events, the 8-day celebration comes just months after a new law went into effect that helps propel the industry forward. 

Luke Smith / via Morgantown Area Society of Homebrewers

West Virginia’s first ever Craft Beer Week may not kick off until Saturday, but those interested in the state’s burgeoning industry already have a reason to celebrate. 

Robb Kendrick / National Geographic

West Virginia lawmakers and other state officials are responding to the filing of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power plan.

Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia Public Broadcasting radio host Jim Lange is known for a lot of things: host of Classical Music as well as being the host of the mind-expanding, genre-bending Eclectopia.

Cabell-Huntington Hospital

 Cabell-Huntington Hospital is one step closer to acquiring St. Mary’s Medical Center. An antitrust agreement filed by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office establishes a series of conditions for the acquisition.

At a news conference Friday, Morrisey said the agreement ensures the merger follows state and federal law while also providing access to affordable health care in the area through economic competition.

Coal Stock Pile

Federal inspectors issued 139 citations and three orders at U.S. mine operations in June.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says the inspections were conducted at 10 coal mines and five other mines in 11 states, including Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia.

The Clarksburg Post

Updated August 18th, 2015 10:00 a.m.

Following widespread public outcry, the convenience store chain called Sheetz has found a West Virginia bakery that can supply pepperoni rolls to all of its stores in West Virginia. Home Industry Bakery in Clarksburg has been selected as the bakery that will replace Abruzzinos and Rogers and Mazza for pepperoni rolls sales to Sheetz, beginning September 12th.

Updated July 30, 2015 at 5:10 p.m.

After intense public outcry, the convenience store Sheetz has apparently reversed its decision to end sales of a West Virginia bakery's pepperoni rolls at its locations in the state.

In an interview Thursday morning with The Clarksburg Post, the convenience store's director of brand strategy Ryan Sheetz confirmed that decision.

Andrew Brown via Twitter: @Andy_Ed_Brown

Updated: July 20, 2015 at 2:10 p.m.

According to leaked tape obtained by West Virginia Focus, The Charleston Gazette-Mail publisher and other executives said the staff size of the merged paper will drop following the reapplication process.

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West Virginia advocacy groups are reacting to a new federal ruling that further protects the LGBT community. A Thursday ruling by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has deemed discrimination against workers based on sexual orientation illegal.

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The West Virginia Joint Committee on Government and Finance says WorkForce West Virginia has failed to turn over more than 50 emails and other important documents, including ones that show efforts from outside interests to influence the development of the prevailing wage rate methodology.

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Despite taking many steps to prevent injuries, West Virginia ranks highest for the number of injury-related deaths in the United States. That’s according to a new report published this week that looks state-by-state at injury prevention policy.

Many of the injury-related deaths that put West Virginia in the lead nationally are attributed to drug overdoses, according to data compiled by Trust for America's Health (TFAH). The organization published the new report along with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Its title: The Facts Hurt: A State-By-State Injury Prevention Policy Report

Data by SNL Energy / Data Visualizations by Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The following data and article is the result of collaboration between West Virginia Public Broadcasting and SNL Energy. To see related stories from SNL Energy on this topic, please click here.