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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West Virginia officials say they are prepared to send resources, including the state’s National Guard assets and personnel, to areas affected by Tropical Storm Harvey. 

According to a news release from the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, The West Virginia National Guard has a broad array of disaster response and recovery resources that could be used to assist rescue and recovery efforts in Texas and other affected states.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will support three environmental education and revitalization projects in Monongalia, Preston, Tucker and Upshur Counties.

$30,000 will go to the Friends of Decker’s Creek to coordinate water quality improvement projects, including workshops, field trips, stream restoration, acid mine drainage remediation and water treatment facility improvements.    

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A new study from West Virginia University’s Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines, and Emissions provides a roadmap to lower methane emissions for future heavy-duty natural gas vehicle fleets.

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Following the 2016 election, messages of hate sprung up around the United States, evoking fear in the minds and hearts of many minority groups across the country.

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Nearly an hour after midnight on Sunday morning, the West Virginia Legislature completed action on a budget bill for the 2018 fiscal year.

The budget bill was passed, as amended in the Senate just before midnight, on a 22 to 12 party line vote. The House of Delegates concurred with those amendments on a 63-37 around 1:00 a.m. The bill now heads to Gov. Jim Justice.

Editor's Note: This is a developing story. For more, visit our live blog on the latest from the final night of the Legislature's Regular Session. 

Just two hours before the end of the 60th and final day of the 83rd West Virginia Legislature's First Regular Session, Governor Jim Justice said he and Senate President Mitch Carmichael have struck a deal to run a revenue bill that would help push through a budget before midnight.

“To just tell it like it is, I’ve been really pessimistic for the last 36 hours. Until about 2 o’clock today. About 2 o’clock today, the momentum changed and all of the sudden there became a real hope and real optimism,” said Justice during a 10 p.m. Saturday news conference in the Governor’s Reception Room.

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Despite hailing from Vermont, former Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders attempted to shine a light on poverty in middle America this weekend with a stop in West Virginia. Sanders held a town hall in McDowell County for an MSNBC taping of “All In with Chris Hayes.”  

The U.S. Senate confirmed Wilbur Ross to serve as President Trump’s Secretary of Commerce on a 72-27 vote Monday night -- with U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, of West Virginia, voting against the billionaire businessman, citing Ross’ business dealings in the state.

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Early voting in West Virginia has broken records in the 2016 election cycle with numbers surpassing historical data for both the primary and general elections in years past.

According to data provided by the Secretary of State’s office, 220,275 voters cast early ballots in the 2016 general election. The early voting period ended Saturday, Nov. 5.

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Love democracy as much as we do?

If so, you can help us tell West Virginia’s election story by telling us about your voting experience on November 8 (or before, if you are voting early).

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Updated: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 4:35 p.m.

State environmental officials say a failed gasket could have been the cause of a chemical release at the ICL Chemical Plant in Mason County Wednesday afternoon. 

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A spokeswoman for Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has lost her job after being identified in a white supremacist YouTube video titled “The Stop White Genocide Video.”

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Thursday that Morrisey's assistant communications director Carrie Bowe appeared in the video first uploaded in December 2012.

The video shows Bowe and other women dressed in all white clothing reciting lines such as “anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.” 

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In an effort to combat students' low access rates to high-speed broadband, Monongalia County Schools will issue Chromebooks to all of its students in the third grade and above in November.

A Chromebook, a laptop and operating system by Google, will allow each student to download web pages using the school's WiFi  to use for homework at home, where he or she may not have internet access. Clay-Battelle High School already achieved one-to-one last year, after a project to distribute broadband to its students for free using abandoned television and radio channels stalled.

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In the wake of June’s devastating floods, West Virginians from all over mobilized to help those in need. High-profile natives like Brad Paisley and Jennifer Garner returned home to raise awareness as well as money, shining a light on a tragedy that claimed 23 lives and destroyed or damaged thousands of homes and businesses. But there are other big name West Virginians playing a part, too - even if they can't make it back home to do so. 

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The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a flash flood watch for much of West Virginia. The watch is in effect until Friday morning for southwestern parts of the state stretching northeast towards Clarksburg, Fairmont and Elkins.

Areas surrounding the cities of Morgantown and Moundsville are under a flash flood warning until 12:45 p.m. Thursday. 

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 West Virginians are no stranger to flooding, but when it comes to flood insurance, it's a different story. Even though floods are the fastest-growing and costliest natural disaster, in all counties in West Virginia, roughly less than five percent of households have flood insurance. 

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Over the past two weeks, 12 counties have been given federal disaster declarations. Severe flooding in those counties destroyed thousands of homes and businesses and many are looking to the federal government--specifically the Federal Emergency Management Agency--for help in rebuilding. 

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Residents of towns like Rainelle and White Sulphur Springs continue to gut their homes and clean up debris. Many residents are now moving on to the next step: applying for assistance and then deciding on their next move.

 

The question is: will they stay and rebuild or go elsewhere?

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The National  Weather Service in Charleston has issued various severe weather advisories across West Virginia as the July 4th holiday weekend comes to a close. The warnings follow severe flooding that hit the area nearly two weeks ago, killing 23 people and destroying thousands of homes and businesses.

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Following flooding in West Virginia that killed 23 people  and ravaged thousands of homes and businesses, Kanawha County is waiving building permit fees in the Elkview and Clendenin areas.

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As many West Virginians continue to clean up from last week’s flooding, concerns about theft and looting linger in communities hit hard by the storm. 

The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a flash flood watch for most of southern West Virginia. The watch has been upgraded to a flash flood warning in several areas, including some of those most affected by last week's flood. The alerts are in effect from Monday morning through Monday evening. 

The watch comes just days after flooding in the area killed 25, destroyed homes, washed out roadways and knocked out power to tens of thousands of residents. 

Dave Mistich and John Cantees provide an update as a state of emergency remains in place for 44 of West Virginia's 55 counties after heavy rainfall has devastated pockets of the state.

Flooding, downed trees and other emergency situations have stalled response in some counties.  

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued hazardous weather advisories, including a tornado warning, for parts of the Southwest region of West Virginia.

A tornado warning is in effect until 2:15 p.m. Tuesday for:

  • Putnam County
  • Southwestern Mason County
  • Northeastern Lincoln County
  • Northeastern Cabell County 
  • Northwestern Kanawha County

A severe thunderstorm warning has also been issued until 2:45 p.m. Tuesday for Central Pocahontas County and Southwestern Randolph County.

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After more than three months of a budget impasse and 16 days until a potential shutdown of state government, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. That light comes in the form of Monday's completion of a tobacco tax increase and the passage of the budget in the House of Delegates.

Nineteen days before a potential government shutdown, the West Virginia Senate passed a budget Saturday on a 24-7 vote. With coal revenues in decline in recent years, state lawmakers have been scrambling to fill a $270 million hole.

The Senate’s version of the budget bill, SB 1013, uses $64.5 million in monies from the Rainy Day Fund.

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U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelly Moore Capito are applauding the passage of a bill that’s been called the first major environmental reform in two decades. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which aims to prevent another incident like the January 2014 Elk River Chemical Spill, passed the U.S. Senate Tuesday on a voice vote.

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With a deadline of July 1 to avoid a government shutdown, the West Virginia House of Delegates passed its version of a budget Friday on a 61 to 37 vote.

The bill passed despite anticipation that -- even if it clears the Senate intact -- it’s likely to be met with a veto when it lands on the Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's desk.

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After the House of Delegates passed its first measures of the special session Thursday, the slightest sense of progress on the budget has finally arrived. Nine days in and with no revenue measures passed to help cover a $270 million shortfall, the House took its budget bill up on second reading. 

 

All but one of the amendments to the bill were shot down. One set that called for catastrophic cuts to some higher education institutions, eliciting emotional responses.

As the budget deadline looms at the statehouse, lawmakers are scrambling to find a way to fill a $270 million budget gap for the upcoming fiscal year. After not much movement Wednesday, the House of Delegates started making some progress Thursday by passing their first measures of the special session.

The House passed two bills during their morning floor session.

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