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!


9:54 am
Fri November 1, 2013

West Virginia Morning - November 1, 2013

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One in five West Virginians are seeing a reduction in food assistance, Downstream Strategies takes a critical look at the water-use data provided by natural gas drillers in the past couple years to the state Department of Environmental Protection, and Huntington Prep's basketball team enters their season with high expectations.

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4:13 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

A warm Halloween with increasing winds and gusty showers

The darker shade of brown on this map indicates a wind advisory from the National Weather Service for October 31, 2013.
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Our mild Halloween temperatures will linger into this evening. Leaf swirling winds will increase. Winds will be quite gusty at times.

The National Weather Service in Charleston is advising resident to secure any light weight object outside. A shower is possible anywhere this evening.

A cold front moves through tonight with more coverage to the showers and perhaps some rumbles of thunder. Some stronger wind gusts can be expected with the showers tonight. Especially across the mountains and the higher ridgetops in the lowlands.

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Books & Film
11:07 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Trailer: Two Dollar Radio's 'The Greenbrier Ghost'

The company that published Crapalachia by West Virginia writer Scott McClanahan is venturing into film and one of their first projects will be based on the legend of a Greenbrier County woman murdered in 1897.

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8:53 am
Thu October 31, 2013

West Virginia Morning - October 31, 2013

   A new study argues that America doesn't have 200 years worth of coal left like many believe, Berkley Springs writer John Douglas talks about his book A Fog of Ghosts: Haunted Tales and Odd Pieces, and the conclusion of the Halloween-themed mini series The Soul of a Company Store.

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9:15 am
Wed October 30, 2013

West Virginia Morning - October 30, 2013

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A look at the economic outlook for the Eastern Panhandle, juvenile detainees testify on the conditions of the centers where they're being held, and the second part of a series of ghostly stories on the Whipple Company Store.

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12:19 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Coal industry's go-to law firm withheld evidence of black lung, at expense of sick miners

Between the years 2000 to 2010, over 55,000 work-related diseases were reported. Of those, more than 26,000 were noted as cases of Pneumoconioses, diseases in which dust, such as coal, causes scarring of the lungs. The Center for Public Integrity's investigative team takes a look at one of the coal industry's top legal firms and the withholding of evidence related to the matter.
In part 1 of a series, the Center details how a major law firm withheld evidence of black lung, helping defeat miners' claims for benefits.
11:46 am
Tue October 29, 2013

West Virginia Public Broadcasting joins NPR Digital's Local Stories Project

As part of our transition into the digital age here at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, we're teaming up with NPR Digital Services to take part in their Local Stories Project. Here's a quick run-down of what that means.
In September, we invited stations to submit applications to join the Local Stories Project. We received applications from a record 23 stations and we're
9:34 am
Tue October 29, 2013

West Virginia Morning - October 29, 2013

CONSOL Energy sells five longwall mines to Murray Energy, the families of Upper Big Branch Mine victims speak out against a Halloween attraction at King's Dominion, and the first in a series of Halloween stories on the Whipple Company Store.

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12:00 am
Tue October 29, 2013

When W.Va. lost its voice: JFK's death still resonates

In 1960, then-Senator and Presidential Candidate John F. Kennedy visited McDowell County, West Virginia and forged a bond with those living in the state's southern coalfields. It was a victory in West Virginia's Democratic primary that helped confirm his broad appeal to the rest of America. After winning the presidential election, Kennedy exposed the rest of the country to the perils of poverty that faced the region. In this article, USA Today reports on the way Kennedy's assassination has resonated with those living in southern West Virginia, the way things were then, and how they are now.
Kennedy in West Virginia is a great story of American politics. A candidate found his issue, found his voice, kept his promise. Kennedy, in some sense, became Kennedy. WELCH, W.Va. - The coal fields of southern West Virginia have never gotten over the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
4:14 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Pipeline safety funding announced

A natural gas pipeline explosion occurred in Sissonville, W.Va. on December 11, 2012. The explosion caused damage to multiple homes and charred 800 feet of roadway along Interstate 77. No injuries were reported in the incident.
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Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, along with Senator Joe Manchin and Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced more than $697,000 in federal funding for pipeline safety efforts in West Virginia.  

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11:27 am
Mon October 28, 2013

State Film Office offers new functionality to locations database

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The West Virginia Film Office is always looking for the next great location for a film or television shoot. If you own a home, business, or property that you would like the film and television industry to consider featuring in a potential production, you can now post your information to the film office's online locations library.

"In addition to tax incentives, one of the most effective tools utilized by the film office to recruit the film industry to the state is its online locations database," said Pam Haynes, director of the West Virginia Film Office.

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9:40 am
Mon October 28, 2013

West Virginia Morning - October 28, 2013

The family of an EMT who died on the job honors him with a scholarship to promote his vocation, an online program called West Virginia Welcome helps statewide the hospitality and tourism industries, and Beth Vorhees speaks with horror writer Frank Larnerd discusses his book Hills of Fire: Bare-Knuckled Yarns of Appalachia.

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2:54 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

West Virginians, alienated by Washington, angrily reject their Democratic roots

The Washington Post breaks down West Virginia's transition from being a state that has traditionally favored Democrats to becoming more and more likely to vote Republican.
Video: Politics, economy and ATVs The American Civil Liberties Union has complained that this is an encroachment of church on state, and an affront to religious minorities. A headline on the front page of the Charleston Gazette on July 4 asked: "Constitutional showdown in the making?"
2:25 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Scott Finn: Life without words

West Virginia Public Broadcasting Executive Director Scott Finn brings us this moving op-ed commentary published by The Charleston Gazette on Saturday, October 26. Finn examines the power of words and the ways he has learned to communicate with his son Max, who is considered non-verbal because of autism.
Scott Finn: Life without words CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Max didn't want to hike up the steep trail to Cranny's Crow. He let me know this by sitting down on the trail and going limp, nonviolent-protester style, as I tried to lift him.
Health & Science
5:36 pm
Sat October 26, 2013

More C8-related lawsuits brought against DuPont

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Nine Ohio and West Virginia residents who have cancer and other diseases have filed federal lawsuits this month against chemical giant DuPont, alleging the company knowingly contaminated drinking-water supplies with a chemical used by one of its plants.

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11:10 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Haunted Princeton, W.Va. amusement park opens for tours for one week only

Looking for a place to go ghost hunting this week leading up to Halloween? Check out this abandoned amusement park believed to be cursed in southern West Virgina.
West Virginia's abandoned Lake Shawnee Amusement Park shut down back in 1966 and has laid in ruins ever since. Many believe Lake Shawnee to be horribly cursed. The park was built upon the site of a desecrated Native American burial ground, and was the location of a brutal massacre of settlers.
9:23 am
Fri October 25, 2013

West Virginia Morning - October 25, 2013

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Ashton Marra reports on Senator Joe Manchin's bill that proposes a delay in the individual mandate as part of the Affordable Care Act, Cecelia Mason on electric billing issues in the Easter Panhandle, Clark Davis previews Marshall Women's Basketball season and The Pines perform "Rise Up and Be Lonely" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

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8:23 am
Thu October 24, 2013

West Virginia Morning - October 24, 2013

Ashton Marra reports how legislators are still learning how they can help improve early childhood education in the state, Ben Adducchio takes a look at regulations created to protect student athletes, and Concord student Brian Allen reports on a lumberjack festival from earlier this month at Twin Falls State Park in Wyoming County.

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8:00 am
Wed October 23, 2013

West Virginia Morning - October 23, 2013

Children participating in a new program called Kids in Motion, which seeks to fight childhood obesity in Huntington.
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Ashton Marra reports on the potential implications of the Parkways Authority being absorbed by the  Division of Highways, Glynis Board has more on new horizontal drilling studies, and Clark Davis on a new program in Huntington to fight childhood obesity.

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11:48 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Marshall University Plane Crash Memorial listed in 10 most somber places in America

There's nothing quite as tragic as the loss of young lives, and that's exactly what the Memorial Student Center Fountain at Marshall University commemorates. On November 14, 1970, Southern Airlines took off from Kinston, North Carolina with nearly the entire Marshall University football team aboard. Just before landing, the plane crashed and burned, killing 75 people, including players, coaches, fans and the flight crew. The tragedy was profiled in the film We are Marshall.
While some destinations promise fun in the sun, others offer a chance to explore a sober slice of American history. Commemorate some of the nation's most tragic events at these landmarks across the USA.