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
9:40 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Harvard and Syracuse Map Air Benefits, WVU and Downstream Strategies Evaluate EPA Rules, & More

Together, Harvard and Syracuse Universities have released a study that maps potential air quality benefits based on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon dioxide emissions reductions revealed this month. WVU’s Center for Energy and Sustainable Development is working with Downstream Strategies on a new report to advise policy makers as they draft strategies to submit to the EPA. Also, A Brooklyn-based theater company will bring a play to Charleston in response to the Elk River Chemical Spill. 

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West Virginia Morning
9:44 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Worry Over EPA Rules, Danny Boyd's 'Carbon', Girl Scouts Talk Future & Keb' Mo' on Mountain Stage

Coal miners in the state's southern coalfields worry about their jobs in light of the EPA's Clean Power Plan. Filmmaker, writer, and graphic novelist Danny Boyd enters the political arena with Carbon. The Girl Scouts' Black Diamond Council talk leadership and the future. Also, Keb' Mo' from Mountain Stage on this song of the week. 

Arts & Culture
12:51 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Graphic Novel Mythologizes Southern West Virginia, Criticizes Impact of Coal Industry

Credit Caliber Comics

West Virginia writer and filmmaker Danny Boyd’s latest graphic novel Carbon tells the story of an ancient race of people and their effect on the coal industry thousands of years later as an evil coal baron tries to mine a super form of coal. 

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Chemical Spill
10:32 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Researchers Recommend Testing of 720 Homes Affected by Elk River Spill

An independent research group suggests sampling water in 720 West Virginia homes for a chemical that spilled into the water supply in January.

Researchers from the West Virginia Testing Assessment Project, or WV TAP, say that number of homes would be "statistically defensible" in determining whether affected households are chemical-free.

The group sampled 10 homes in February for crude MCHM using state taxpayer dollars. Each contained chemical traces, but the concentrations were about 675 times weaker than what federal officials call safe to drink. The report says levels of the chemical have continued to decline since the spill.

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West Virginia Morning
9:37 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Diversifying with Solar, Monongahela National Forest Gets Help to Combat Threats, & More

A Shepherdstown-based company looks to diversify West Virginia's economy by focusing on solar energy. The Monongahela National Forest gets a new federal designation to help combat insects and disease. Also, a Brooklyn, New York-based theatre company will soon brings a production to Charleston with hopes to open the public's eyes after the Elk River Chemical Spill.

West Virginia Morning
9:50 am
Wed June 4, 2014

More Perpspective on the EPA's Proposed Rules & Kate Long Wants West Virginia to 'Try This'


The Union of Concerned Scientists supports the EPA's proposed rules on carbon emissions, while officials with The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity oppose the rules. What began as a series of articles for The Charleston Gazette by Kate Long has turned into a full blown conference on how to raise awareness about healthy lifestyles. 

West Virginia Morning
9:31 am
Tue June 3, 2014

EPA's Clean Power Plan: Reactions from Lawmakers, The Coal Industry, Unions, and Environmentalists

After the EPA announced its Clean Power Plan Monday--aiming to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030 based on figures from 2005--we bring reaction from lawmakers, the coal industry, unions, and environmentalists. 

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Energy & Environment
5:03 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Five Facts About West Virginia's Coal, Energy, and Carbon Emissions

Credit Robb Kendrick / National Geographic

With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiling proposed rules aimed to reduce carbon emissions by 2030, many questions remain about the impact on West Virginia's economy. State officials, union and industry leaders, and environmentalists are all weighing in on the potential impacts of the proposed rules. 

Reducing carbon emissions in West Virginia to meet the EPA's proposed rules will no doubt hinge on the future use of coal, as well as increasing energy use from other sources. 

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Energy & Environment
9:59 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Infographic: The White House's Plan to Fight Climate Change

On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency released a plan to cut carbon pollution by 30 percent from coal-fired power plants by the year 2030. The plan comes as a result of executive actions from President Barack Obama to fight climate change. 

West Virginia Morning
9:28 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Safety Concerns Over Retreat Mining, A Honeybee Heaven, & Handbells Ring in Spring


The method of mining that recently killed two men in a Boone County mine isn't the only safety concern.  While Honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder is relatively uncommon in West Virginia, bees and pollinators are still threatened here in this region and all across the country. Also, Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Ringers community handbell group is ringing in spring.  

West Virginia Morning
9:13 am
Wed May 28, 2014

The Realities of Heroin Addiction and Recovery, Concord Athlete Finishes Decorated Career & More

 Addiction to heroin is a difficult cross to bear for many seeking treatment, but they also have hope. Although Concord University senior Shawnee Carnett’s last steps in outdoor 800 meter came up a bit short of another national championship, her college track and field career make her the most decorated athlete ever to hit the halls there. Over the Memorial Day weekend in north-central West Virginia a lot of skin was on display in one restaurant but, it might not be the skin you’re thinking about. 


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West Virginia Morning
9:16 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Heroin Continues Its Grip on West Virginia & CTC System Helps Students in Developmental Courses

A recent Associated Press news story revealed heroin deaths in West Virginia have nearly doubled since 2010.  Also, West Virginia's Community and Technical College system looks to give students more help with developmental courses to increase graduation rates.

West Virginia Morning
9:30 am
Fri May 23, 2014

A Look At The Magistrate Court System, The Wild Ramp Grows Into a New Home, & Robert Cray

Lawmakers heard a report this week on the state’s magistrate’s system from a national group.  In Huntington the Wild Ramp food market is moving to a new larger location. Also, Robert Cray performs "You Move Me" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

12:10 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Photo: Meet The Bison Calf from the West Virginia Wildlife Center

Credit West Virginia Wildlife Center

The West Virginia Wildlife Center in French Creek has announced its newest resident: a female bison calf. The calf, born Friday, May 2, joins the many animals native to West Virginia that are on display at the Wildlife Center. 

“A bison calf can walk almost immediately after birth, albeit a bit wobbly,” said Rob Silvester, wildlife biologist for the Wildlife Center in a news release. “It will begin to nurse within minutes as well. The calf will nurse for four to six months before beginning to nibble on grass and grain.”

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West Virginia Morning
10:29 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Senator Raises Questions Over Funding Amendment, Wheeling School Builds Learning Lab & Matewan

The legislature passed seven bills in their special session that ended yesterday but, one senator questions whether one of those bills they passed is legal. Wheeling Catholic Central High School is making bold moves to deal with their aging library by instituting a learning lab based on a concept from MIT. Also, we take a visit to Matewan, whose rich history might play a part in how they 'Turn This Town Around.'

12:24 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Legislature Restores More Than $1 Million in Funding to Child & Family Programs

Del. Brent Boggs proposed the amendment to SB 2003.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Updated on Wednesday: May 21, 2014 at 1:05 p.m.:

The State Senate has concurred with the amendment and from the House and has passed the bill. The bill now goes to Governor Tomblin and awaits his signature.

The Senate passed the bill 30-1. Sen. Herb Snyder was the lone vote against.

Original Post on Wednesday: May 21, 2014 at 12:24 p.m.:

An amendment unanimously approved by the West Virginia House of Delegates would fully restore more than $1 million in cuts to family and child service programs.

Those cuts came in March as part of a line item veto by Gov. Tomblin. Later, the governor restored about $260,000 of those cuts by taking money from a trust fund to provide future children's programs.

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West Virginia Morning
9:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Vigil for Funding of Child-Family Programs, 'What's Next, WV?', & Enriching Schools Through the Arts



Child and family advocates are continuing their push at the statehouse for the restoration of 800 thousand dollars in state funds. West Virginia Center for Civic Life director Betty Knighton and Catherine Moore, an Appalachian Transition Fellow assigned to 'What's Next, WV? speak with Beth Vorhees about the new initiative. An Elkins couple is working to keep storytelling, history and music alive in Appalachia through their work in Randolph County Schools.

West Virginia Morning
10:11 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Lawmakers Review Bills from Previous Session, Impact of EPA's New Regulations, Documenting Fracking

  Lawmakers decide to take more time to review bills, as they get called in for a special session. The Environmental Protection Agency's new regulations on carbon emissions from coal fired power plants will be released next week, leaving concerns for many in the industry. Also, a couple from Elkins who specialize in oral histories are taking a look at all sides of fracking. 

12:55 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

MCHM Detected at Three Coal Preparation Plants

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As Dave Boucher of The Charleston Daily Mail reports, MCHM--the same chemical involved in a January spill that tainted the water supply of some 300,000 West Virginians--has been found in discharges from three coal prep plants in the state: Delbarton Mining in Mingo County, Wolfrun Mining in Barbour County, and Marfork Coal near the border of Boone and Raleigh counties.
The same chemical that contaminated drinking water for 300,000 West Virginians has shown up again, this time in the discharged materials from three coal preparation plants in the state. In each case, the stream that receives the discharge eventually supply a water utility.
West Virginia Morning
8:01 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Logan Schools in Jeopardy of Being Taken Over, Oil and Gas Waste in Raleigh Co. & Why I Stay

  After two audits just this year and despite showing some signs of improvement, Logan County Schools are in jeopardy of being taken over by the state. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection says materials from a pit holding waste of the oil and gas industry, is being taken to the Raleigh County landfill--even after an nearby underground injection well's permit was revoked. Also, we hear more about our Why I Stay project, where we're seeking photos on Instragram that explain what keeps West Virginians in place.