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!


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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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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8:20 am
Fri November 8, 2013

West Virginia Morning - November 8, 2013

Credit Brian Blauser

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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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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11:51 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Here’s why Central Appalachia’s coal industry is dying

West Virginia and Kentucky have lost 38,000 coal jobs since 1983, as mining has become increasingly automated in recent decades, particularly as companies have shifted to techniques such as mountaintop-removal mining, which are less labor intensive. While many blame President Obama and his Administration's tightening of EPA regulations, this article from The Washington Post attempts to explain the coal industry's decline in Central Appalachia from broader economic and scientific perspectives.
The Central Appalachian region has been the heart of coal country for as long as anyone can remember. But in recent years, Kentucky and West Virginia's coal industries have been facing a painful decline - and that decline is starting to get widespread attention.
10:27 am
Wed November 6, 2013

West Virginia Morning - November 6, 2013

An education summit looks to leaders in Florida as a model for improving reading achievement by the 3rd grade, the newly formed Mountain East Conference is set to tip off, and an update on that conference's football season.

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10:07 am
Tue November 5, 2013

West Virginia Morning - November 5, 2013

A new poll from a campaign think tank and a justice advocacy group calls for public campaign finance programs around the country similar to a  pilot program already in place in West Virginia, an education summit kicks off in Charleston Tuesday, WVU history professor Ronald Lewis takes part in the school's Festival of Ideas, and more.

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9:40 am
Mon November 4, 2013

West Virginia Morning - November 4, 2013

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Retiring Senator Jay Rockefeller was honored by Vice President Joe Biden and others at the state Democratic Party's annual fundraiser, W.H.O.L.E. Veterans aims to help with mental health issues, WVU's Law School features "Mexico Week", and a Marshall University graduate comes back to speak about her business.

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12:54 pm
Sat November 2, 2013

Nation's $17T debt is boon for Parkersburg

In downtown Parkersburg sits the federal Treasury Department's headquarters of the Bureau of the Public Debt. Employing more than 1,800 at that location, the agency is responsible for managing, selling and accounting for the more than $17 trillion that U.S. taxpayers owe to themselves, to Social Security, and to foreign investors. The federal government is also Parkersburg's largest employer.
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. - Rarely do politicians invoke the national debt without prefacing it by an ominous adjective like "crushing" or "unconscionable." Even President Obama once called it "unpatriotic." But in Parkersburg, W.Va., the debt has no adjectives. Only decimal places.
5:27 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Kiplinger names West Virginia one of the 10 most tax-friendly states

West Virginia tends to get put on a lot of lists that ultimately reflect poorly on the state. Here's one that we can all be proud of.
Click on any state in the map below for a detailed summary of state taxes on income, property, and everything you buy. View additional maps below, including our picks for the 10 most tax-friendly and the 10 least tax-friendly states in the U.S.
12:22 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Change your clocks, change your batteries

From the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety:

Last year, West Virginia’s fire departments responded to over 8,500 fires. Over 4,000 of these fires occurred in residences, where most fire deaths take place.

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9:54 am
Fri November 1, 2013

West Virginia Morning - November 1, 2013

Credit Huntington Prep Website

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.
Credit The National Weather Service

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.