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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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.

West Virginia Morning
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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 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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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.

  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.

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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.

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.

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.

  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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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.

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.

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.

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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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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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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