Dave Mistich

Senior Reporter

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 Mountain 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 has also served as an Innovator in Residence for West Virginia University's Reed College of Media, where he helped an experimental journalism course investigate water quality using sensors and data reporting.

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Discussion and delay. That was the theme for some notable pieces of legislation Thursday. While the House and Senate moved on some measures in their respective committees and floors, some bills were set aside and left for another day.

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The West Virginia Senate has passed legislation that creates a sexual assault victims’ Bill of Rights. Other related legislation that would help victims is also being considered.

 

Senate Bill 39 seeks to codify best practices in the wake of a sexual assault. For example, the bill would allow victims to choose someone to accompany him or her to a hospital or other health care facility and to attend proceedings concerning the alleged assault, including police and prosecution interviews as well as court.

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Updated: January 24, 2018 at 11:05 a.m.

 

The Senate Education Committee  passed a bill that would make community and technical college free for some West Virginians.

Senate Bill 284 creates Advances Career Education, or ACE, programs that aim to fulfill workforce needs by connecting secondary schools with community and technical colleges.

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The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill that would create 100 single-member legislative districts following the 2020 U.S. Census. In an hour long debate on the House floor, Republican delegates argued that the bill creates equity and a closer relationship between lawmakers and their constituents. Democrats, however, gave a wide variety of opposing arguments.

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House and Senate lawmakers introduced 28 joint resolutions in just the first week of the legislative session each calling for amendments to the state constitution. Some around the Capitol say such a number feels like a lot, while others say it’s rather normal. What is agreed upon, though, is that it is rare to have so many proposed constitutional amendments gaining traction this early in the session.

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The West Virginia House Education Committee has advanced a resolution that could amend the state constitution. The amendment would reduce the number of state Board of Education members and call for the election of some members.

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A bill that would create 100 single-member districts after the 2020 U.S. Census is headed to the floor of the West Virginia House of Delegates.

 

The House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 4002 during a Monday afternoon meeting.

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With the Legislature paying more attention to the West Virginia Supreme Court’s spending, conversations continue about how lawmakers might have a hand in overseeing the budget of the judicial branch.

Chief Justice Allen Loughry gave a presentation to the House Finance Committee Friday morning where he tried to explain spending that has been criticized in recent months.  

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Updated: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 3:48 p.m.

 

A member of the House of Delegates has pledged to introduce a resolution to determine whether impeachment proceedings against state Supreme Court Chief Justice Allen Loughry are appropriate.

Democrat Delegate Mike Pushkin called for the resolution during a floor session Thursday. It follows a string of reports on what he called “irresponsible spending” by the West Virginia Supreme Court, as well as the discovery of the “Cass Gilbert” desk in Loughry’s home office.

The resolution would call for the House Judiciary Committee to investigate the matter.

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In his second State of the State address, Governor Jim Justice provided a message of optimism that repeatedly pointed back to the state’s dire economic outlook just one year ago.

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Updated on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 4:45 p.m.

 

West Virginia lawmakers kicked off their regular session at Wednesday and handled procedural business, including authorizing a State of the State address from Governor Jim Justice.

 

In the House’s opening floor session, Del. S. Marshall Wilson moved to vacate the chair and elect a new speaker.

Medical Marijuana
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A panel charged with helping shape the state’s new medical marijuana law met in Morgantown Thursday, Dec. 14. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Medical Cannabis Advisory Board heard from guest speakers and announced the results of a recent survey.

This post was last updated on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 3:35 p.m.

 

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has officially filed paperwork to run for U.S. Senate in West Virginia.

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Editor's Note: This is a developing story. Please be sure to revisit this post for the latest. This post was last updated Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7:22 p.m.

 

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is running for U.S. Senate as a Republican. Blankenship served one year in federal prison for conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards in the wake of an explosion that killed 29 miners in April 2010.

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A group of moderate Democrats in the U.S. Senate are asking Republicans to work with them to rework the current verison of a tax reform bill. The group was led in a news conference Tuesday by Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

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State environmental regulators say the owner of a Parkersburg warehouse that caught fire last month has handed over 551 pages worth of documents.

 

Warehouse owner Intercontinental Export Import provided the documents in response to an order the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection issued the week after the fire.

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Details remain scant about a deal announced with China Energy to invest nearly $84 billion in the West Virginia natural gas and petrochemical industries in West Virginia during the next 20 years. The deal, which makes up roughly a third of China Energy’s total proposed investments across the country, came during President Donald Trump’s visit last week to Beijing.

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It’s been more than two weeks since an industrial fire began in Parkersburg at a recycled plastics warehouse and burned for more than eight days. It’s still largely unknown what exactly burned that week, which continues to raise concerns for some over how the fire impacted the area's air quality.

Two air quality experts say, after reviewing air monitoring results from a variety of responding agencies, efforts by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection weren’t thorough enough to determine potential threats to public safety.

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Fire crews in Wood County responded Wednesday evening to smoke rising from the site of an industrial fire that was deemed extinguished this past weekend.

Around 7 p.m., three fire crews responded to the site in South Parkersburg and doused the spot with about 1,000 gallons of water from a pumper truck.

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Ten days since an industrial fire began in Parkersburg, public officials have yet to be provided an accurate inventory of what was on the property when the fire began. The fire at an old Ames plant -- now a recycled plastics warehouse owned by Intercontinental Export Import, Inc. -- was declared extinguished around noon Sunday.

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An industrial fire that burned for more than eight days in Parkersburg has been extinguished, but questions remain as state officials investigate the incident.

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Officials in Parkersburg say a fire at a warehouse storing recycled plastics has been extinguished after burning for eight-and-a-half days. 

The exact contents of the warehouse have yet to be released. Officials say materials data that was initially handed over by the property owner is outdated and other documentation was destroyed in the fire. 

Photo courtesy of Wood County 911

For the latest on the fire in Wood County, see here.

Wood County is under a state of emergency as an industrial fire continues to burn at a warehouse just outside Parkersburg city limits. Gov. Jim Justice joined state and county officials to discuss ongoing efforts to put the fire out and to address residents’ health concerns.

Still, a lot of questions remain about the incident and how it might affect residents of the surrounding area. Here’s what we know (and what we don’t know):

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For the latest on the fire in Wood County, see here.

 

Updated: October 24, 2017 at 12:38 a.m.

 

Governor Jim Justice declared a state of emergency in Wood County on Monday afternoon, following an industrial fire that has burned at the former Ames tool plant since early Saturday morning.

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For the latest on the fire in Wood County, see here.

 

Updated: Oct. 23, 2017, at 5 p.m.

 

Gov. Jim Justice declared a state of emergency in Wood County Monday afternoon in response to an industrial fire in Parkersburg that has burned since early Saturday morning.

 

The fire was reported at about 1 a.m. Saturday at the old Ames tool plant, just outside Parkersburg city limits.

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For the latest on the fire in Wood County, see here.

 

Updated: October 22, 2017 at 10:36 p.m.

 

With resources and funding in question, officials in Wood County are still trying to determine how to deal with a large industrial fire just outside of the city limits of Parkersburg. The fire, which started about 1 a.m. Saturday and destroyed a warehouse facility, is expected to burn for days as local officials still have no timeline as to when the fire will be out.

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West Virginia officials announced the interest rate for the largest transportation bond in state history.

Governor Jim Justice and Secretary of Transportation Tom Smith said in a news release that the interest rate is set at 2.145 percent for the first GARVEE bond sale of $260 million. The sale will close October 26th.

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The Morgantown City Council passed a law last night that provides employment, housing and other protections for members of the gay, bisexual and transgender communities, making the city the eleventh municipality in West Virginia to provide legally enforceable protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

 

After discussion that stretched well over two hours, council members voted 7 to 0 in favor of a measure that expands its Human Rights Commission. The ordinance provides a legal course of action in civil court related to cases involving discrimination based on the added statuses.

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President Donald Trump's continued cries of "fake news" come at a time when his approval rating hovers just below 40 percent nationwide. Still yet, his supporters remain vigilant and carry with them a strong distrust in the news media. But, it's not just Trump supporters losing faith in the news media -- Gallup polling shows trust in the media is down across party lines and other demographics. With that in mind, PolitiFact -- known best for its fact-checking ratings system The Truth-o-Meter -- is looking to dive right in to the places that supported Trump the most and foster a conversation. 

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Before a September 12th Parkersburg City Council meeting, LGBTQ rights advocates held a rally to let members of the council know that, despite the failure of a non discrimination ordinance, they’ll continue to fight for equal rights in their hometown.

In early August, the Parkersburg City Council shot down an ordinance that would have protected residents from employment and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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