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
10:28 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Burwell Faces Second Hearing, Schools Getting Their Own Grades & National Geography Bee

Sylvia Mathew Burwell faces her second confirmation hearing with the Senate Finance Committee and receives an endorsement from a key republican.  The State Board of Education adopts a new A through F grading system to give parents a better understanding of how well their child's school is performing. Also, a Morgantown student heads to the National Geography Bee for the third time. 

West Virginia Morning
12:18 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Brody No. 1 Mine's Poor Safety Record, Primary Highlights & Dr. Robert Rupp With Election Analysis

Monday night's fatal Boone Co. mine incident occurred at a mine with a poor safety record. Highlights from Tuesday's primary election. Also, West Virginia Wesleyan College professor Dr. Robert Rupp provides analysis of last night's election.  

West Virginia Morning
9:51 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Kanawha Health Dept. Releases Chemical Spill Survey Results, Walking at Concord, & Saving Hemlocks

Kanawha County residents last night got a better understanding of how the January 9th chemical spill affected the community  as results from a scientific survey were released. A competition on Concord University’s campus sprang folks into walking more than 42,000,000 steps, the equivalent of going across the United States almost 6 ½ times. Efforts continue to help save Hemlock trees in Preston County's Cranesville Swamp from an invasive insect.

12:36 am
Tue May 13, 2014

2014 Primary Election Live Blog

Credit Photo Illustration by Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Polls are now closed around the state. Keep refreshing this page to see the latest.

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West Virginia Morning
9:21 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Health Dept. Plans Survey Results Release, Burwell Faces Confirmation Hearing, Anna Sale, & More

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department plans the release of the results of their survey that attempts to gauge the impact of the Elk River chemical spill. Sylvia Mathew Burwell faces her first Senate confirmation hearing on her way to become the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Former West Virginia Public Broadcasting reporter Anna Sale launches a new podcast that attempts to tackle the issues we all deal with but rarely discuss. Also, Solas performs "Am I Born to Die" on thjis Mountain Stage song of the week.

10:47 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Former WVPB Reporter Anna Sale's 'Death, Sex & Money'

Credit Amy Pearl

“Talking about death, sex, and money is not news. It’s not news to say: ‘sometimes long term relationships are hard’ or ‘sometimes it’s embarrassing when you realize you’re not earning enough money.’ That’s not a news story. As a result, when we hear those stories, it’s often in the first paragraph in a story about health insurance coverage and then the rest of it is about policy. Or, the first paragraph in a story about tax revenues in a state, you start with someone saying ‘I’m not making as much as I used to make.’ My argument is those stories are worth their own time. It’s worth pausing and listening to what that experience is.”

--Anna Sale

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Digital Project
12:23 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Why Do You Stay in West Virginia?

Updated: Friday, May 23, 2014 at 8:35 a.m. 

Our interactive story map and project recap is now available. Access the map to see some of our favorites from the project.

Original Post: Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 12:23 p.m.:

Why do you stay in West Virginia? Is it friends, family, work, recreation? Use Instagram and let us know.

Recently, we aired a series on West Virginia's predicted population decline and how some young people feel about their opportunities in the state (or lack thereof). Most of those we spoke to said they love West Virginia and want to stay--be it for family or other reasons--but feel there's few good professional opportunities worth staying for.

In addition, a recent poll from Gallup indicates that only 28% of West Virginians want to move to another state.

With this in mind, we're teaming up with public radio stations from across the country to find out what makes people stay where they are. But, we wanted to do it in a creative way. So, we're taking it to Instagram. 

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9:45 am
Thu May 8, 2014

The Daily Show Features Kanawha-Charleston Health Department Chief, West Virginia Delegate

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West Virginia Morning
9:24 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Matewan Turns Itself Around, Finding a New Life in Morgantown, & MU Professor's Award Winning Videos

As one of two winners of the Turn This Town Around project, Matewan hopes revitalize itself. Teewendee Sandwidi and his family have found a new life in Morgantown after fleeing their home country of Burkina Faso. Also, Marshall University School of Journalism professor Dan Hollis continues his streak of winning awards for his video storytelling.

3:27 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Restores Some Social Services Funding Cuts

Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has announced he's restoring funding to some West Virginia social services programs that he previously cut.

Tomblin wrote to state Senate President Jeff Kessler and House Speaker Tim Miley on Wednesday that the restored funding includes $150,000 for an in-home family education program, $80,000 for child abuse prevention and $30,000 for a domestic violence legal services fund.

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West Virginia Morning
9:55 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Pennsylvanians Rally for Shale, Morel Mushrooms, Wildflowers Spring Up

Thousands of supporters of natural gas development marched to the steps of the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania yesterday to show support for that state's booming Marcellus Shale industry. It's peak season for morel mushrooms throughout Appalachia and the West Virginia Wild Pickers Facebook page is getting a lot of traffic of people sharing stories and photos from their adventures foraging.  Also, wildflowers begin to spring up in the area and guides at Raccoon Creek State Park in Pennsylvania help show those interested the landscape.

West Virginia Morning
9:38 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Grafton Continues to 'Turn', Clarksburg's Rose Garden Theater, & Carbon Capture Technology

A recent town meeting in Grafton allowed residents to discuss ideas on what projects they would like to work on as part of the Turn This Town Around project. The historic Rose Garden Theater adored by so many may once again have a reason to shine. Also, our friends at The Allegheny Front take a look at carbon capture technology and the hurdles it faces in solving the problems of carbon dioxide emissions from burning coal.

Chemical Spill
3:14 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Announces Review of Elk River Spill Response

Credit Aaron Payne / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has announced an “After Action Review” of the state’s  response to the January 9 Elk River chemical spill. 

The Review hopes to highlight the many ways in which state agencies, county and local emergency management offices, volunteer and charity organizations, the West Virginia National Guard, and other entities responded to the nine-county State of Emergency.

Tomblin’s office says the review will also address ways the state can improve its emergency response systems. 

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West Virginia Morning
9:02 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Adderall Use By College Students, MU Physical Therapy Students Get White Coats, & More

A recent study by West Virginia University Journalism students looked into the use of the amphetamine Adderall to cram for finals or other recreational uses. Marshall University physical therapy students received their white coat last week, after completing their first year of coursework. Pennsylvania is pushed by international regulators to ban some fertilizers that contain phosphorus and nitrogen.

3:36 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

State Record Blue Catfish Caught in West Virginia

Lead in text: 
Austin Hoffman recently caught a 47.75-inch, 52.95-pound blue catfish—beating the previous state record of 43.9 inches and 44.5 pounds.
Last Saturday, a West Virginia angler on the Ohio River was simply trying out some new gear in his boat at the right place and right time when he hooked and landed a 47.75-inch, 52.95-pound blue catfish-beating the previous state record of 43.9 inches and 44.5 pounds.
West Virginia Morning
10:07 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Synthetic Marijuana, The Scottish Rite Gives to Marshall Speech-Hearing Center, & Lake Street Dive

After two Morgantown businesses were busted for selling illegal synthetic marijuana, we examine what the product is and it's potential effects and dangers. The Huntington Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Foundation raises an invaluable donation for the Speech and Hearing Center at Marshall University. Also, Lake Street Dive performs "Clear a Space" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

State Government
4:05 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Appoints Communications Director to Commerce, Tourism Posts

Amy Shuler Goodwin
Credit Governor's Office

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Thursday he will appoint Amy Shuler Goodwin as Deputy Secretary of Commerce and the Commissioner of Tourism for the State of West Virginia. For the past two years, Goodwin has served as the Director of Communications for Tomblin.


"Like many, I have been continually impressed by Amy's energy, talent and passion for improving opportunities for our state," Gov. Tomblin said in a news release issued Thursday.

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Arts & Culture
3:24 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

How Can West Virginia Keep Young People From Moving Away?

Credit Kristi George / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia’s population is expected to drop by 20,000 through the year 2030, however, a recent Gallup poll shows a majority of West Virginians actually don’t want to move elsewhere. While many West Virginians value family and other aspects of life here, opportunities seem few and those who stay say they often feel stereotyped by those who’ve left.

But how can this problem be solved? In a radio series that aired this week, we've been examining this very question.

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10:07 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Freedom Execs Tied to New Chemical Company

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David Gutman of The Charleston Gazette reports that executives of soon-to-be-bankrupt Freedom Industries haven't abandoned the chemical industry. In fact, they've created a new company in Lexycon, LLC, which was founded in Florida in March and registered with the West Virginia Secretary of State's office about a month ago.
  • Source: Wvgazette
  • | Via: The Charleston Gazette
Freedom Industries, the company whose chemical leak contaminated the tap water of 300,000 West Virginians, will cease to exist once it goes through bankruptcy, but that doesn't mean its executives are out of the chemical business. Lexycon LLC, a chemical company whose characteristics are strikingly similar to Freedom Industries, registered as a business with the West Virginia secretary of state about a month ago.
West Virginia Morning
8:21 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Solutions for Ending Population Decline, DEP's Public Comment Process, & Richwood's Ramp Revival

With an expected population decline and negative stereotypes surrounding young people who choose to stay in the state, we hear a few proposed solutions for the issue. Evan Hansen of Downstream Strategies talks about the Department of Environmental Protection's public comment period for above-ground storage tank regulation. Also, Richwood sees a revival with their annual Feast of the Ramson.