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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West Virginia Morning
9:57 am
Thu December 5, 2013

A Prison Transitions, Marshall set for Championship Game, Robots in Fairmont, & More

The Salem Industrial Home For Youth has transitioned to a rehabilitation facility for adult males, the Marshall University Thundering Herd football team sets to battle the Rice Owls for the C-USA Championship despite controversy over who should've had home field advantage, a competition at Fairmont University focuses on robotics, and West Virginia native and country music star Homer Bailes passes away at the age of 91.

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West Virginia Morning
10:03 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Gov. Tomblin Visits a Macy's Fulfillment Center, Part Two on The Fairfax Stone, & Melvin Goins

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin visits a Macy's fulfillment center in Berkeley on Cyber Monday, the second part of a story on the battle over the Fairfax Stone on the West Virginia/Maryland border, and West Virginia Music Hall of Fame inductee Melvin Goins speaks about his upbringing in the state and his career that took him elsewhere.

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Documentary
9:27 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Mountain Stage at 30: A Radio Retrospective

Mountain Stage host Larry Groce performs in the early days of the show.

For 30 years and with over 800 episodes, Mountain Stage has been a mainstay in public radio and American music.

Like anything that evolves into a lasting endeavor, Mountain Stage’s success is part happenstance mixed with years of dedication and hard work. Truly, though, it all comes down to the people who made the show possible coming together with a shared vision.

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West Virginia Morning
9:46 am
Mon December 2, 2013

South Charleston Students Build a Satellite, Fracking and Air Quality, & The Fairfax Stone

Students at South Charleston High School build a satellite to be launched into space, a look at some specifics of the debate over the natural gas industry, and the history of the West Virginia/Maryland border battle over who owns the Fairfax Stone.

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Podcast
9:29 am
Tue November 26, 2013

New Grad Program Promotes Public Health, a West Virgina Native's Culinary Innovations, & More

    

A new graduate program at Concord University helps promote public health, Cross Lanes native Bridget Lancaster whips up some innovative recipes on PBS' America's Top Kitchen, and some highlights from the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame's 5th Induction Ceremony.

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West Virginia Morning
8:46 am
Mon November 25, 2013

A Beckley Ultramarathoner Gets a New Lease on Life, Biking for Lyme Disease, & Texting to Learn

We hear from an ultramarathoner in Beckley whose return to running has given him a new appreciation for life, a man who just passed through West Virginia on a bike to raise awareness about Lyme disease,  and an assistant professor at Marshall taking a look at ways to learn through text messaging.

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West Virginia Morning
11:54 am
Fri November 22, 2013

West Virginians Remember JFK's Assassination, Eastern Panhandle Discusses Child Poverty, & More

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West Virginians remember where they were and what they were doing 50 years ago today--the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, residents in the Eastern Panhandle discuss issues related to child poverty, and Buddy & Julie Mille Miller perform "All My Tears" on this Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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West Virginia Morning
8:31 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Medical Marijuana Continues to Be Discussed, The Communities Surrounding Petrochemical Plants & More

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A bill to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes is discussed in a legislative interim meeting, The Allegheny Front looks deeper into the relationship between petrochemical plants and the communities that surround them, and community colleges and universities continue to work together through their 2 + 2 programs.

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West Virginia Morning
10:27 am
Wed November 20, 2013

A Look At The Booming Petrochemical Industry, Lawmakers Discuss Recycled Fracking Fluid, and More

The Allegheny Front examines the Louisiana's boost in petrochemical industry jobs and the danger they entail, state lawmakers take a look at issues related to recycled fracking fluid and fresh water resources, the Eastern Panhandle prepares to discuss child poverty and homelessness.

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West Virginia Morning
8:56 am
Tue November 19, 2013

How a Cracker Plant Impacts Air Quality & the State's Inmate Population is Shrinking

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Our friends at Allegheny Front explore how a cracker plant has impacted the air quality in Houston and legislators receive an update on the effect of the Governor's prison reform bill from this past session.

West Virginia Morning
9:49 am
Mon November 18, 2013

The Impact of a Cracker Plant, Princeton revitalizes itself

Our friends at Allegheny Front bring us a look at the impact of a ethylene cracker plant and the city of Princeton sees a revitalization in their town through the arts, education, and non-profits.

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Arts & Culture
11:49 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Video: The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame 5th Induction Ceremony Vignettes

Update: You can watch the performances from the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame here.  

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When the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame inductedtheir 5th class on Saturday night, a wide swath of musical styles wasbe featured.

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West Virginia Morning
8:24 am
Fri November 15, 2013

MU Holds Its Annual Memorial, The State's Music Hall of Fame Inducts a New Class, and More Music

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The Marshall and Huntington communities remember the 75 that lost their lives in a place crash on November 14, 1970, the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame inducts a new class on Saturday, Classical Music host Jim Lange speaks with a guest maestro for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and Jesse Winchester performs "That's What Makes You Strong" on this Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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West Virginia Morning
8:52 am
Thu November 14, 2013

PROs help keep schools safe, more on the recent Center for Public Integrity black lung investigation

  Two stories that examine the critical role of Prevention Resource Officers in schools and what they do to keep students safe and a conversation with The Center for Public Integrity's Chris Hamby, who investigated the handling of cases involving black lung disease.

West Virginia Morning
9:32 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Sogefi auto parts expands in Wayne Co., an activist group wins the right to protest, & more

An Italian auto parts maker expands operations at their plant in Pritchard in Wayne Co., the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition wins the right to protest in a court hearing, WVU's Solar Decathlon team returns from a recent competition in California, and more.

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Sports
2:42 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Marshall football unveils helmet to honor victims of 1970 place crash

The Marshall University Thundering Herd will wear the number 75 on their helmets on Thursday, November 14 to honor victims of a plane crash that occurred the same day in 1970. The crash killed 75 players, coaches, and members of the Huntington community.

Marshall's football team will wear the number 75 on its helmets at its next game in memory of the victims of the 1970 team's plane crash. Marshall (6-3, 4-1 Conference USA) plays at Tulsa (2-7, 1-4) on Thursday night. Thursday is the anniversary of the Nov. 14, 1970 crash just short of Tri-State Airport near Huntington. The crash killed 75 people.

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West Virginia Morning
9:47 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Laid off miners look for work elsewhere, ARC meets to discuss entrepreneurship, & WVM's new theme

Part time board announcer Matt Jackfert composed the new theme music for West Virginia Morning.

Miners seek to find other work through a rapid response occupational skills training, the Appalachian Regional Commission meets at their annual conference to discuss ways to encourage small business startups and growth,  and West Virginia Public Broadcasting's very own Matt Jackfert discusses this show's new theme music.

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West Virginia Morning
9:50 am
Mon November 11, 2013

A fire in Marlinton, the state's political future is up to young voters, and meet Sputnik

  A fire engulfs a city block in downtown Marlinton, the state's political future lies in the hands of voters who have traditionally voted the way their families did or aren't getting out to the polls at all, and the inaugural Iron Pour heats up Morgantown for sculptors. 

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Podcast
8:20 am
Fri November 8, 2013

West Virginia Morning - November 8, 2013

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West Virginia's political center seems to be abandoning its roots in the southern part of the state, a new program helps homeschoolers collaborate with one another, a report from the Trans Tech Conference in Morgantown, and Dave Mason performs "We Just Disagree" on this Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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Podcast
10:33 am
Thu November 7, 2013

West Virginia Morning - November 7, 2013

A breakdown of a recent article from The Washington Post on whether West Virginia is transitioning from a blue state to a red state,  Charleston native Trey Kay continues to explore culture wars over textbooks in a new documentary, and a series of forums seeks to figure out how to stop budget cuts to higher education.

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