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 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.

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!


8:24 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Five Things West Virginia Craft Brewers Want From The Legislature (And The Opposition They Face)

Credit File photo from Uri Tours (wikimedia Commmons) / Photo Illustration by Dave Mistich

As West Virginia’s craft beer industry continues to grow, brewers are turning to the state legislature for help in expanding further. Members of the West Virginia Craft Brewers Guild presented some ideas at the state Capitol Tuesday.

Blackwater Brewing Co. owner and brewer Lincoln Wilkins told the Joint Committee on Economic Development that his industry is growing, but current state law is keeping it from becoming a bigger economic force.

Craft brewers have made their wish list and hope to help draft a bill that would bring about some of these changes. Lawmakers could consider the issue when they return full time in January.

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4:06 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Map: Where Working Women Are Most Equal

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The status of working women in West Virginia is worst in all of America, according to this report from The Washington Post, which was based on analysis conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. West Virginia recieved an F overall, taking a look at four factors: median annual earnings (for full-time, year-round women workers); the earnings ratio between men and women (again, for full-time, year-round women workers); the share of women in the workforce and the share of women in managerial or professional jobs.
The status of working women is strongest in the Northeast, the region home to many of the most-equal states by employment and earnings, according to a national analysis. Massachusetts had the highest score among states, according to the analysis of four factors conducted by the Institute for Women's Policy Research.
7:50 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

On ‘Ghostbusters’, Labor & Turning 30

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This Labor Day weekend Ghostbusters was re-released in theaters to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary. This occurrence seems monumental for me, personally, for a few reasons.

Let me explain.

Ghostbusters was originally released to American audiences on June 8, 1984. My twin brother Dan and I were born on October 24, 1984.

I’m not good at math or reading a calendar on some days, but this fact means Dan and I were still occupying our mother’s womb when the film was released. That also means Dan and I turn 30 in less than two months.

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10:57 am
Fri August 29, 2014

West Virginia Poll: Coal Is Not Top Issue for Most Voters

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As Dave Boucher of The Charleston Daily Mail reports, a poll by R. L. Repass--comissioned by the newspaper--shows that unemployment and jobs, health care and the federal budget all registered as higher priorities compared to coal.
The future of the coal industry isn't the top priority for the vast majority of West Virginians likely to vote to send someone to Congress this year, according to a new West Virginia Poll.
10:55 am
Thu August 28, 2014

America’s Coal Heartland Is In Economic Freefall — But Only The Most Desperate Are Fleeing

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As the coal industry continues to decline--what many say isn't a "typical bust"--The Washington Post reports on the struggles of those in southern West Virginia looking to find new job opportunities and other ways to gather an income.
LOGAN, W.Va. - For 51 years he'd lived in the same hollow and for two decades he'd performed the same job, mining coal from the underground seams of southern West Virginia. Then, on June 30, Michael Estep was jobless. His mine shut down, and its operator said "market conditions" made coal production unviable.
10:06 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Improvised Explosive Devices, Chickens, Marijuana Found in I-79 Crash

Credit Katelyn Sykes / WCHS-TV

West Virginia State Police say altered fireworks, weapons, chickens and marijuana were found inside an SUV that wrecked on Interstate 79, and the driver from Pennsylvania has been arrested.

Police say a Ford Explorer carrying dozens of chickens flipped in Roane County about 3:30 a.m. Friday.

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Public Safety
11:38 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Here's the Department of Defense Equipment that West Virginia's Police Have Received Since 2006

A photo of a Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected vehicle, similar to the one McDowell Co. law enforcement acquired through the 1033 program from the Department of Defense's Law Enforcement Support Office.
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Over 500 weapons and hundreds more pieces of military-grade tactical equipment have been transferred to the state of West Virginia since 2006 through a Department of Defense program known as the 1033 program. The transfers came through the Defense Logistics Agency's Law Enforcement Support Office, or LESO.

An investigation released Tuesday by The New York Times outlines transfers from the program to states, who coordinate with local law enforcement to acquire and distribute the weapons and equipment. 

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Energy & Environment
8:26 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Watch: The DEP Surface Mine Board's Hearing on Kanawha Mine Permit Appeal

Credit Department of Environmental Protection


The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection will live stream the second day of the Surface Mine Board’s hearing regarding the appeal of Keystone Industries’ KD No. 2 mine permit, which is for a surface mine near Kanawha State Forest. The hearing started on Aug. 11 and resumes this Wednesday, Aug. 20, beginning at 8:30 a.m.  

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2:30 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Follow the Action at Antiques Roadshow Charleston

Your ticket to Antiques Roadshow Charleston can be found here. Share your experience or follow the day using #wvantiques
Credit Kristi George / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Everyone here at West Virginia Public Broadcasting is excited for Saturday's Antiques Roadshow taping at the Charleston Civic Center. We wanted to share a bit of the behind the scenes action as it happens right here.

Whether you were lucky enough to get a ticket (be sure to share your experience using #wvantiques!) or following along at home or on the go, have a look at all of the interesting antiques and quirky heirlooms from our various social media feeds:

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About Us
11:30 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Coming to Antiques Roadshow? Here's What You Need to Know

Credit Antiques Roadshow / WGBH

Roughly 6,000 people will pack the Charleston Civic Center as the expert appraisers from Antiques Roadshow roll into town to take a look at all sorts of family heirlooms, yard sale finds, and quirky treasures. 

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6:57 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Local Craft Brewers Hope to Use Festivals to Lobby for More Industry-Friendly Laws

Mike Vance pours a beer from Morgantown Brewing Company's stand at the Brew Skies Festival in Canaan Valley on July 25, 2014.
Credit Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

IPAs, Stouts, Hefewiezens, and Ales.

If you’re in Huntington or Wheeling this weekend, you’re bound to get a taste of some locally-brewed varieties at the Rails and Ales Festival or the Mountaineer Brewfest.

But, brewers from around the state aren’t just hoping to raise awareness about their products with these events, they’re also looking to influence the way they do business by getting the attention of state lawmakers.

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West Virginia Morning
11:32 am
Wed August 13, 2014

The Bluefield Coal Symposium, W.Va. and Ky. Politics Heat Up Over Coal & McDowell Co. Improves Water

The Bluefield Coal Symposium brings together government and industry leaders to discuss challenges, West Virginia parallels Kentucky in coal jobs and politics in regards to the widely talked about "war on coal", and McDowell residents get closer to having safe water.

4:02 am
Wed August 13, 2014

In The Supposed 'War on Coal', West Virginia and Kentucky Parallel on Mining Jobs, Politics

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The "war on coal" is a phrase that's increasingly popular in Central Appalachia politics. With declines in coal jobs and new rules from the EPA to target carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants, the words become hugely political--especially during an election year.

But the phrase's validity certainly begs question, at least according to a recent article by Erica Peterson of WFPL in Louisville.

Just last week, Peterson--who began her career as a reporter at West Virginia Public Broadcasting--detailed the ups and downs of Kentucky's coal jobs back to the Reagan administration beginning in 1981, examining the loss or gain of coal mining employment within that state across presidencies. What she found was, that if a war on coal exists in Kentucky, the blame goes farther back than President Barack Obama. 

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11:55 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Delegate Raines to Withdraw from House 35th District Race

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A member of the House of Delegates will withdraw from the race for the 35th district amidst recent legal troubles and allegations related to her living situation.

Republican Kanawha County Delegate Suzette Raines was accused by the state Democratic Executive Committee for lying about where she lives. The committee also accused her of not filing campaign finance reports with the Secretary of State’s office or campaign disclosures with the state Ethics Commission.

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12:47 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

W.Va. GOP Nixes Speaker Facing Federal Sentencing

Dinesh D'Souza
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Updated: August 6, 2014 at 5:58 p.m. The West Virginia GOP has canceled an event where a conservative scholar would have spoken four days before his sentencing for federal campaign finance violations. State Republican Party Chairman Conrad Lucas says the September 19 Victory Dinner featuring Dinesh D'Souza in Charleston is canceled. He says the event will be rebooked.

Original Post Published: August 6, 2014 at 12:47 p.m.

A conservative scholar and author will headline a West Virginia GOP event four days before his sentencing for federal campaign finance violations.

A state Republican Party news release says Dinesh D'Souza will speak at the party's annual Victory Dinner on September 19 in Charleston.

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9:40 am
Mon August 4, 2014

A Statistical Analysis of the Work of Bob Ross

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The stats gurus at FiveThirtyEight have broken down Bob Ross' artistic output. Want to know what percentage of his paintings have at least one tree? What about what percentage has a mountain?
Bob Ross was a consummate teacher. He guided fans along as he painted "happy trees," "almighty mountains" and "fluffy clouds" over the course of his 11-year television career on his PBS show, "The Joy of Painting." In total, Ross painted 381 works on the show, relying on a distinct set of elements, scenes and themes, and thereby providing thousands of data points.
Summer Reads
10:45 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

Marie Manilla's 'The Patron Saint of Ugly'

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For many people, summer is a time to get lost in literature. And this year, Huntington author Marie Manilla’s new book, The Patron Saint of Ugly is ending up on many summer reading lists. The story is set in a fictional West Virginia town, and most of it is told in the form of transcripts of archived tapes.

Manilla's lead character, Garnet Ferrari, is believed to possess magical healing powers. Her bright red hair and port-wine stains all over her body lead pilgrims from all over the world to seek help through her supposed powers. Yet, Garnet is dead set on dispelling rumors of her abilities, blurring the lines between fact and fiction--furthering the mystery of who she might be.

12:48 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

EPA Hearing Puts Pittsburgh in Crosshairs of Climate Wars

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in is Pittsburgh for two days, holding a public hearing on climate change and proposed rules to reduce carbon emissions. As The Allegheny Front's Reid Frazier reports, the hearing proves the climate change debate is a divisive one in this region.
July 31, 2014 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held hearings Thursday and Friday in Pittsburgh on a proposed rule to slash greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The plan is up against serious opposition from the coal industry, but environmental groups say it doesn't go far enough.
11:16 am
Thu July 31, 2014

In West Virginia, Whitewater Rafting and the Long Tail of a Chemical Spill

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The economic impact of January's chemical spill from Freedom Industries into the Elk River is still not fully known. But, as The Washington Post reports, rafting companies on the New and Gauley Rivers say they are hurting even though the Elk doesn't flow into the rafting region.
FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. - Dave Arnold stares at the giant whiteboard, searching for clues that his slow summer may finally be picking up, lifting like the New River Gorge's morning fog. The whiteboard hangs inside the storefront of a local photo studio. It lists every commercial whitewater rafting trip for the coming week on the New and Gauley rivers.
8:23 am
Thu July 31, 2014

New NPR Chief Visits West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Talks Future of Public Radio

West Virginia Public Broadcasting executive director Scott Finn (left) looks on as NPR President and CEO Jarl Mohn speaks to employees, board members, and others.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

NPR has a new president and CEO.  Jarl Mohn was once a music DJ, but he says he has a passion for  public radio. That's why he chaired Southern California Public Radio after making his career in cable TV as President and CEO of E-Entertainment Television.

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