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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Wood County 911

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.

Wood County 911

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.

Wood County 911

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

Wood County 911

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):

Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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.

Courtesy of Wood County 911

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.

Wood County 911

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.

West Virginia Department of Transportation

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.

Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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.

Trump
Alex Brandon / AP Photo

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.

Donald Trump
Evan Vucci / AP Photo

Following the mass shooting in Las Vegas, President Donald Trump is canceling a previously scheduled trip to Morgantown.

Trump had scheduled an interview and town hall taping with Sean Hannity of Fox News for Wednesday evening. 

In a Facebook post Monday morning, Monongalia County Commissioner Tom Bloom wrote that the county commission had been informed that Trump will not be coming. Bloom had initially shared news of Trump's planned visit on Saturday. 

Dollar Photo Club

Another West Virginia county has been designated as an area with high drug trafficking.

Wood County, West Virginia and fifteen other counties nationwide are being added to the list of High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas.

West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

The West Virginia judicial system is joining a regional effort to combat opioid abuse, and a Kanawha County Circuit Judge will lead a multidisciplinary team that will work with seven other states.

Caliber Comics

A few years back, West Virginia writer and filmmaker Danny Boyd stepped into the world of graphic novels, releasing books under his cult-classic Chillers franchise, as well as other stories. One of which was Carbon, a mythological world set in an alternative West Virginia and dealing with an ancient race of people and their effect on the coal industry thousands of years later. The follow-up, Salt, was released in late-2016 and picks up where Carbon left off. We spoke with Boyd about his latest graphic novel, some of the social and environmental issues addressed in the story and why he’s just now getting around to promoting it the way he would have liked.

Courtesy of Netflix / by Rebecca Kiger

Updated 1/23/2018: Elaine McMillion Sheldon's film Heroin(e) has been nominated for an Oscar in the short documentary category. 

Original Story: As most know, the heroin and opioid crisis has reached stunning and heartbreaking heights across the nation. Huntington, West Virginia’s drug overdose death rate sits at ten times the national average.

John Raby / AP File Photo

Charges have been dropped against a journalist who was arrested in May during a visit from members of the Trump Administration at the West Virginia state capitol. 

A criminal complaint by West Virginia’s Capitol police said Dan Heyman of Public News Service caused a disturbance on May 9 with his persistent questions to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. Heyman was asking whether domestic violence would be considered a preexisting condition under a then-GOP proposal to slash the Affordable Care Act.

Jacquelyn Martin / AP Photo

On the heels of President Donald Trump’s announced change to Obama-era immigration policy, West Virginia’s Attorney General and those in nine other states say they will drop a lawsuit against the federal government.

In a news release, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says he applauds Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, and called the Obama Administration’s immigration action “unconstitutional” and “unlawful.”

Joe Manchin
Susan Walsh / AP Photo

A new poll puts Democratic incumbent Joe Manchin ahead of likely Republican challengers in the 2018 race for U.S. Senate.

The poll, sponsored by West Virginia MetroNews and conducted by Research America, Inc., puts Manchin 10 points ahead of Congressman Evan Jenkins (50 percent to 40 percent) and 14 points ahead of Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (52 percent to 38 percent). Both Jenkins and Morrisey have announced their candidacy for the Republican Primary slated for May 2018.

Jeff Gentner / AP Photo

With National Voter Registration Month in September coming just ahead of a statewide special election, the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office is encouraging voters to make sure their registration makes them eligible to head to the polls in early October. 

David J. Phillip / AP Photo

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.

Michael Virtanen / AP Photo

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.    

Waste Management


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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AP Photo

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.

Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

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.

F. Brian Ferguson / The Charleston Gazette-Mail

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.

voting
Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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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