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!

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West Virginia Morning
8:24 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Senate Prepares to Vote on Protecting Water, Eastern Panhandle Turns Garbage Into Fuel, & More

The Senate prepares to vote on a bill to protect water resources and the House of Delegates passes a bill increase penalties for child pornography. The Department of Transportation outlines their procedures for snow removal during dangerous road conditions and bitter cold and the Eastern Panhandle learns how to convert garbage into fuel.

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Goverment Assiatance
7:03 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Makes Requests to FEMA, Small Business Administration Following Chemical Leak

Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Monday urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to modify the current federal Emergency Declaration to provide for Direct Funding Assistance to state and local government programs and eligible non-profit agencies in the nine counties affected by the Elk River chemical spill on January 9.
 
 "At the time of the Presidential Emergency Declaration, no one knew how long this assistance would be needed," Gov. Tomblin said in a letter to the agency.

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The Legislature Today
7:03 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Health Chairs Sen. Stollings & Del. Perdue on Chemical Leak Effects, Rx-Only Pseudoephedrine, & More

The Senate amends the most widely discussed bill of the session thus far, Senate Bill 373--that seeks to protect water resources, the House passes a bill that would increase penalties for the possession of child pornography, and Health & Human Resources Committee Chairs Senator Ron Stollings and Delegate Don Perdue talk a wide range of issues related to medicine and public health--from the health effects of the  chemical spill to moves to make pseudoepedrine available by prescription only.

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Chemical Leak
6:23 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Freedom Industries Revises Estimates of Materials Involved in Chemical Spill

Credit Aaron Payne / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Freedom Industries has once again revised their estimate of the amount of materials involved in the January 9 chemical spill into the Elk River.

In a news release issued Monday afternoon, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said Freedom now estimates the MCHM/PPH blend involved in the spill at 10,000 gallons. That number is up from earlier estimates of 7,500 gallons, which was also increased from the earliest estimates of 2,000-5,000 gallons when the spill was first discovered.

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West Virginia Morning
11:14 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Fracking Waste and Other Byproducts, Dunkard Creek Recovers, & Differences in Storage Tank Laws

West Virginia University experts recently reported to the legislature on fracking waste and byproducts after lawmakers called for the study in 2011, Dunkard Creek recovers from a massive fish kill in 2009, and The Allegheny Front breaks down the difference in storage tank laws between West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

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3:38 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

Start-Ups, Organizations Take on America’s Food Waste Challenge

Lead in text: 
According to the USDA, 30 to 40 percent of the food produced in America goes uneaten. Barbara Hartman is a registered dietician and works as the chief of nutrition and food service at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Her mission? To reduce food waste. Mona Iskander of PBS NewsHour reports on how new businesses have emerged to help kitchens reduce food waste while turning a profit.
  • Source: Pbs
  • | Via: PBS NewsHour
BARBARA HARTMAN: These are food scraps. Rather than putting them in the trash, I'd rather put them in my compost area. MONA ISKANDER: Barbara Hartman is a registered dietician who lives in rural West Virginia. She grew up appreciating the value of food. BARBARA HARTMAN: I don't like to waste food.
Chemical Leak
4:02 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

Governor Tomblin Orders Freedom Industries to Dismantle All Above-Ground Storage Tanks

Credit C. W. Sigman

  West Virginia's governor has ordered the company at the center of a chemical spill that tainted the water supply for the state capital to begin the process of removing all above-ground storage tanks from the Charleston operation.

A statement released Saturday by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office says Freedom Industries must start the dismantling process by March 15.

The Jan. 9 spill at Freedom Industries contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians.

The order to dismantle and properly dispose of the tanks also includes associated piping and machinery. The facility currently has 17 tanks.

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1:18 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

Bumbling, Blame and Bankruptcy in Wake of West Virginia Chemical Spill

Lead in text: 
The web of Freedom Industries' ownership is complicated and their recent bankruptcy filing is likely to be as well. This article from BillMoyers.com attempts to unravel what's playing out, who's involved, and the impact it might have.
Last Friday, as lawsuits piled up over the chemical spill that left hundreds of thousands of West Virginia residents without potable water for days, Freedom Industries, the company responsible for the leak, declared bankruptcy. The filing set off a battle between several private companies trying to avoid liability for the damages suffered by West Virginians.
The Legislature Today
7:01 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Capitol Reporters Dave Boucher & Jonathan Mattise on Chemical Leak Remediation, Freedom Bankruptcy

The Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on State Water Resources continues to hear testimony about the ongoing investigation into the January 9 chemical  spill. The House of Delegates wonders how proposed legislation would affect the Department of Environmental Protection financially and statehouse reporters Dave Boucher of The Charleston Daily Mail and Jonathan Mattise of The Associated Press discuss the latest on Freedom Industries' bankruptcy filing and the remediation of the Elk River spill site. 

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2:32 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

A Much Worse Water Crisis Is Happening In This Tiny West Virginia Mountain Town

Lead in text: 
After Jessica Lilly reported on parts of Wyoming County that have lacked safe water for months, Business Insider picked up on the story and provided this follow up. We've gotten numerous inquiries from around the region from those asking how they can help the citizens of Wyoming County and donations are starting to pour in.
While the area around Charleston, West Virginia recovers from a chemical leak that shut down water supplies for a week, with ongoing concerns about water safety, another part of the state hasn't had clean water for five months. It hasn't made a lot of headlines, but then again the town of Bud (population 487) rarely does.
Documentary
11:16 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Appalshop's 'Chemical Valley'

Credit appalshop.org

With the January 9 chemical leak from Freedom Industries leading to the water supply being compromised for 300,000 residents who rely on West Virginia American Water, the ripple effects are sure to impact our state, our region, and possibly even the entire nation on environmental, political, and cultural levels. Yet, concerns over the safety of the environment and health of the local population are nothing new around the Kanawha Valley.

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West Virginia Morning
10:46 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Tomblin Proposes Increased Funding for Corrections, Felicity's Law, Huntington's Emergency App

The Governor's proposed budget includes an increase in funds for the Division of Corrections, "Felicity's Law" passes the House and would provide a cause of legal action for those who are viciously attacked by a dog, Heads Up Huntington helps the public to be aware of emergencies in that city, and Asleep at the Wheel performs "Hesitation Blues" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

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The Legislature Today
7:21 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant on Candidate Filing, Freedom Industries, & Small Businesses

The House of Delegates passes a bill known as "Felicity's Law", which would allow for the euthanization of an animal that causes harm to a person. Senator Herb Snyder introduces a bill meant to repeal a section of code giving discounts to gasoline wholesalers and the Senate Finance Committee hears a budget presentation from the Division of Corrections. Also, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant talks about the looming deadline for the candidate filing period for the 2014 election, as well as the bill which would provide emergency funding to small businesses in the event of a disaster.

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2:22 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Former West Virginia Miner: We've Been Dumping Those Chemicals In The Water For Decades

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Former coal miner Joe Stanley says he lost his job after a conflict with management, when he, as union president, demanded to know more about the chemicals that were being used in the mine. "I watched the coal industry poison our water for years. Now they're telling us not to drink the water? We've been dumping this stuff into unlined ponds and into old mines for years," he says. One of those chemicals, Stanley says, was MCHM.
When up to 7,500 gallons of toxic 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) spilled into the Elk River in West Virginia, leaving 300,000 people without tap water for around a week, former miner Joe Stanley was well prepared. He hadn't been drinking the water for years. Stanley, 64, worked at West Virginia's Marrowbone Coal Mine from 1981 to 1996.
West Virginia Morning
11:46 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Senate Sees Gaps In The Small Business Emergency Bill, How to Improve Digital Learning, & More

The Senate raises questions about gaps in the small business emergency funding bill passed last week by the House, the House of Delegates addresses issues related to giving the governor powers during a state of preparedness similar to that of a state of an emergency, and a recently released report from the Alliance for Excellence in Education takes a look at what rural counties in West Virginia are missing in their digital learning initiatives.

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The Legislature Today
7:18 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Angela Rosser, West Virginia Rivers Coalition: Need to Look at 'Bigger, Systemic' Issues

The Senate proposes many questions to the House Bill that would allow for funding for small businesses following an emergency, the House of Delegates focuses on emergency preparedness in the event of future disasters,  and Angela Rosser of the West Virginia Rivers Coalition outlines her organization's policy recommendations following the chemical spill.

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West Virginia Morning
11:05 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Gov. Tomblin's Bills Continue to Advance, House Passes State Day of Prayer, Citizens Rally for Water

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's proposed legislation--including pay raises for teachers and state workers, issues related to transportation, and more--advances through the legislature, the House of Delegates passes a bill that would create a West Virginia Day of Prayer, Morgantown water utility leaders learn lessons from the chemical spill in Charleston, and hundreds gathered at the State Capitol to voice concerns following the chemical leak.

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The Legislature Today
7:06 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Judiciary Chairs Sen. Palumbo & Del. Manchin React to Picture of W.Va. as 'Anti-Regulation'

The House Judiciary Committee holds an informational meeting to hear more about the chemical spill and hears recommendations from Downstream Strategies President Evan Hansen, the Governor's legislative agenda pushes through the Senate, the House passes a bill to create a West Virginia Day of Prayer, and Judiciary Chairs Sen. Corey Palumbo and Del. Tim Manchin respond to arguments that West Virginia is "anti-regulation."

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6:03 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

It Wasn't Just Crude MCHM: Elk River Spill Included Another Chemical

Lead in text: 
As Ken Ward of The Charleston Gazette reports, officials with the U.S. Chemical Safety Board say a product known as "PPH" was included in the the January 9 spill.
  • Source: Wvgazette
  • | Via: The Charleston Gazette
Elk River spill included another chemical CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Federal and state investigators learned today that an additional chemical that wasn't previously identified was in the tank that leaked on Jan. 9 at the Freedom Industries tank farm just upstream from West Virginia American Water's regional drinking water intake.
Law & Order
3:01 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Child Abuse Alleged at Private Center in Romney

Credit www.potomaccenter.com

State police are investigating abuse allegations at a nonprofit Romney center that serves children with developmental disabilities.
 
     The state removed 24 children from the Potomac Center last week. The move came after upper management reported the allegations to the Department of Health and Human Resources.
 

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