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!


Chemical Spill
12:22 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Public Health Officals Outline Efforts Following Elk River Spill

Credit AP

With little known about the chemical compound MCHM, public health was—and remains—the focus of January’s spill of MCHM by Freedom Industries into the Elk River. Dr. Rahul Gupta of the Kanawha Charleston Health Department and other public health officials gathered Tuesday for an online presentation hosted by the National Association of County and City Health Officials to detail past and on-going efforts.

Gupta began his portion of the webinar to outline the timeline of the spill before moving on to data collected on the event. He said a recent survey shows that, while some residents were using the water to do laundry or for other purposes, many of those affected weren’t drinking the water at the beginning of March.

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10:03 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Rahall Convenes Meeting on W.Va. Drug Problems

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  U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall says he has arranged a roundtable discussion with federal and West Virginia officials on the state's prescription drug abuse and trafficking problems.

The event is being held Tuesday in Atlanta in conjunction with a national drug abuse summit.

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West Virginia Morning
9:40 am
Mon April 21, 2014

The Judiciary's Take on State Government Powers, Wheeling Native Authors a Pastoral Letter, & More

Supreme Court Justices Benjamin and Loughry speak about the balance of power in state government, the public campaign finance program, and partisan elections bringing them to their office. A Wheeling native who is a doctoral student of theology will be the lead author of a new Pastoral letter in the works.  Division of Natural Resources officials are trying to stop Columnaris Disease from spreading to more waters and aquatic wildlife in the state. 

9:46 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Are New Regulations Tough Enough to Prevent Another West Virginia Chemical Spill?

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Ashton Marra and The New Yorker's Evan Osnos spoke with Judy Woodruff of the PBS NewsHour about January's Elk River chemical spill. Both Marra and Osnos field questions about whether or not the spill has changed the paradigm in relation to the politics of industry in the state and whether or not recently passed legislation will prevent a similar event in the future.
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Myanmar, rocked by civil strife, has been kept isolated from the world for more than half a century. In recent years, however, the government has been proposing democratic reform and peace treaties with ethnic groups, prompting the U.S. to lift most sanctions.
12:48 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Morrisey Received 10,000 Pages of Abortion Comments

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As Lori Kersey of The Charleston Gazette reports, a spokesperson for Morrisey said it appears that far more comments came from outside of West Virginia than from within and the office has not yet explained how they plan to use the information collected.
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  • | Via: The Charleston Gazette
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office collected more than 10,000 pages of comments about abortion regulations during an approximately one-month period last summer, but officials aren't saying how many people wrote in favor of increasing regulations versus how many wrote against doing so.
10:36 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Two Killed in Kanawha Co. Plane Crash

A Piper PA-32 Aircraft, the same model of the plane involved in Friday's crash in Kanawha County.
Credit Arpingstone / en.wikipedia

  Two fatalities have been confirmed in a small plane crash that occurred around 4 p.m. Friday near Route 60 in Eastern Kanawha County. Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration will arrive in Charleston Saturday morning to examine the wreckage of the Piper PA-32 aircraft. 

The State Journal reports that the FAA has released the following statement:

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West Virginia Morning
10:43 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Mr. Energy Independent: John Prusa and Bettye LaVette on Mountain Stage

John Prusa hasn't been to a gas station in more than eight years but he's also been able to be energy independent. Betty LaVette performs "Everything is Broken" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

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West Virginia Morning
9:09 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Awards Recap: Investigating 'Oxyana', A Plan to End Poverty, & The Demon Beat

A special edition of West Virginia Morning in which we have another listen to stories that recently won awards at the Associated Press Broadcasters Association of The Virginias. Jessica Lilly investigates claims made in the film Oxyana. Glynis Board highlights her outstanding efforts as an individual reporter as she explains one West Virginian's plans to end poverty. And Dave Mistich eulogizes Eastern Panhandle rock band The Demon Beat.

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Higher Education
8:48 am
Thu April 10, 2014

WVU-Parkersburg Board Approves 8 Percent Tuition Hike

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West Virginia University-Parkersburg's Board of Governors has approved an 8 percent tuition increase.
In-state students in bachelor degree programs would pay $300 more a year. Out-of-state students would pay an additional $786 a year.

In-state tuition for associate degree and certificate programs would increase by $216 a year. Out-of-state tuition would rise by $768.

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West Virginia Morning
8:45 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Black Lung Clincs Brace for Federal Cuts & The Award-Winning 'West Virginia at 150'

A McDowell County clinic is worried that federal cuts could compromise care for coal miners with Black Lung Disease. Also, a segment from West Virginia at 150, which won the Best Documentary Award at the Associated Press Broadcasters Association of The Virginias.

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West Virginia Morning
9:32 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Zero-Waste Event Services, Improving Basements for Energy Efficiency, & A Food Bank Faces Hunger

Morgantown resident Garth Lindley is the founder of Green Earth Event Services—an organization that provides recycling and composting services at events--and his goal is to provide zero-waste events. Improving your basement or crawl space for energy efficiency and better health. The Huntington Area Food Bank becomes the Facing Hunger Bank to more accurately reflect the area they serve.

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5:24 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Freedom Makes Profit in February

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As Andrea Lannom of the The Charleston Daily Mail reports, Freedom Industries--the company embroiled in bankruptcy proceedings following January's Elk River chemical spill--made more money in February than they anticipated.
Freedom Industries, the company at the heart of the Elk River chemical leak, made more money in February than it expected. Freedom filed its monthly operating report for February earlier this week. The document shows the company expected to bring in about $432,000 from Jan. 17 to Feb. 28.
Public Health
5:04 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Surveys to Collect Data on Impact of Elk River Spill

Surveys soon to be conducted by local, state, and federal officials will gather data on public health and concerns following the January 9 spill by Freedom Industries into the Elk River.

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department will hold phone survey and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) will conduct a door-to-door questionnaire.

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West Virginia Morning
10:20 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Deaf & Blind Schools Job Changes, Tracking Deer Populations, & Wheeling Jesuit Celebrates Appalachia

The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind is controversially changing the job description and requiring more education for the house parents who watch children living on campus. New technology is being used to track the population of deer around the state. Wheeling Jesuit University celebrates Appalachia through a series of lectures.

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10:50 am
Wed April 2, 2014

W.Va. Agriculture Department Seeking to Honor Women

Credit West Virginia Department of Agriculture

The state Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations for a program honoring contributions by women to the agriculture, forestry and specialty crop industries.
The West Virginia Women in Agriculture program has recognized 26 women since it began in 2010. Previous honorees have been involved in a variety of fields including beef, dairy, education, specialty crop production and forestry.

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West Virginia Morning
9:19 am
Wed April 2, 2014

WV TAP Says The Water Is 'Safe', Reactions to Blankenship's UBB Film, Marshall Co. Mushrooms, & More

Taking into consideration dermal and inhalation exposures, as well as ingestion, WV TAP researchers offer a screening level for MCHM eight times as stringent as the CDC's--still yet, they say levels of the chemical in the water below the federal agency's screening level is "safe." Mine safety professors have joined Sen. Joe Manchin in saying they were misrepresented by Don Blankenship's film Upper Big Branch - Never Again. A Marshall County high school senior wins a scholarship by creating a business plan to sell mushrooms.

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Health Effects
8:55 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Panel Deems CDC Screening Level for MCHM 'Safe', Establishes Own 8 Times As Strict

Credit Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Independent researchers working together on the taxpayer-funded WV TAP project have already released an expert odor analysis for Crude MCHM, and have delivered the findings of their 10 home testing pilot project. However, the public has repeatedly called for an understanding of potential health effects from the January spill of Crude MCHM by Freedom Industries.

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West Virginia Morning
9:23 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Kanawha Co. Maps Chemical Sites, West Virginia's Population Decline to Continue, & Snowy Owl

Kanawha County Emergency Management officials begin to log and map chemicals in response to January's Elk River chemical spill. A new report from West Virginia University's Bureau of Business and Economic Research indicates the state's population will continue to decline until 2030. A boom in the population of the Snowy Owl leaves researchers wondering where this influx is coming from.

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12:59 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Is the Water Safe Yet?

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In this piece from The Atlantic, Marin Cogan details how little was (and still is) known about MCHM, the chemical spilled into the Elk River by Freedom Industries on January 9 and affected the drinking water of West Virginians across nine counties. The story also highlights failures in policy--from state and federal agencies--such as the Department of Environmental Protection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Robert Thaw was in the woods when he first heard the news. Every Thursday night, the Charleston-based surveyor and his friends take their mountain bikes to the Kanawha State Forest for a long, punishing ride to work off stress and energy from the week.
Covering the Spill
11:54 am
Mon March 31, 2014

WVU Panel on Elk River Chemical Spill Broadcast As Part of 'West Virginia Talks'

West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Ashton Marra provides insight into coverage of January's Elk River chemical spill as part of WVU School of Journalism's panel discussion on the event.
Credit David Smith / WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism

Last week, West Virginia University's P.I. Reed School of Journalism held a panel on how West Virginia media covered the January 9 chemical spill by Freedom Industries and the subsequent water crisis that affected some 300,000 West Virginians across nine counties.

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