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  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 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 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.

Ways to Connect

Recently, The Center for Investigative Reporting's 'Reveal' released an episode called 'Do Not Drink: The Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan.' The producers of the show then wondered about water crises elsewhere and how communities reacted. The January 2014 Elk River chemical spill came to mind and they asked me to contribute some insight into the event and what's happened since.

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A long-running and controversial music festival with deep ties to West Virginia won’t continue in its current form.

The All Good Music Festival and Campout, which was held for many years in various locations in West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio and Maryland announced Wednesday on its Facebook Page that it is "retiring.”

The festival, held by Walther Productions, began in 1997 in Maryland and used various locations across the Mid-Atlantic before settling on a site known as Marvin’s Mountaintop, in Preston County, in 2003.

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A study released last week by a national non-profit found that the utility rates of West Virginia American Water’s Charleston and Huntington Districts are tied as the 11th and 12th as the most expensive rates out of the 500 largest water systems in the country. West Virginia American Water contested the results of the study based on the methodology used. 

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A push to let West Virginia restaurants and other businesses serve alcohol on Sunday mornings has been approved by the West Virginia Senate.

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A former executive of a chemical storage facility in West Virginia has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and order to pay a $20,000 fine. The charges stemmed a January 2014 chemical spill that left some 300,000 area residents without water for days.

Former Freedom Industries owner Dennis Farrell will serve time for federal pollution violations.

Four other ex-Freedom officials have been sentenced to probation and ordered to pay fines.

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As part of our #DemDebate watch party Thursday night at the Red Carpet in Charleston, we wanted to offer a fun, interactive and digitally-driven component.  

Thanks to some great code from John Keefe and the Data News Team at WNYC, West Virginia Public Broadcasting is offering the chance for those at the event (and others at home) to engage with us during the debate.

Simply follow along with the debate and fill in your card as the event goes on. Touch (or click) the space to "cover" it and yell "BINGO!" via Twitter when you've got five spaces in a row.  

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In June of 2007, Victoria Snyder, then age-nine, attended a week-long church camp. During the week she began to feel sick – muscle aches, lethargy, headaches. A doctor at the camp thought it might be the flu, but she didn’t get better. So after camp, her mother, Christine, took her to see a pediatrician.

“The pediatrician found a bullseye ring on her stomach,” said Christine. “I felt a lot of relief when they put her on antibiotics because with Lyme disease, we knew what we were dealing with.”

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West Virginia democrats officially have a third candidate for governor after Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler officially filed paperwork Friday.

Map as of 6:10 a.m., January 24.
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A foot or more of snow has fallen across parts of West Virginia, but winter weather advisories issued by the National Weather Service have all expired as a large winter storm moves out of the state. 

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Emergency officials have confirmed a chemical leak into the Ohio River in the area of Chester, West Virginia and East Liverpool, Ohio.

City of Liverpool Assistant Fire Chief David Edgell said a regional HAZMAT team made up of his department and fire departments in West Virginia are responding to a "small release" of what they believe is Styrene into the river.

He said the leak was discovered at some point after 10 a.m. Friday and has since been contained.

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From the trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship to a visit from President Barack Obama highlighting issues surrounding substance abuse and addiction, headlines about events from West Virginia in 2015 often pushed into the national spotlight.

But despite the national appeal of Blankenship and Obama, the metrics tell a different story as to the most popular stories on our website this year.

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Updated on Friday, December 25, 2015 at 6:34 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued flood watches and advisories across West Virginia after heavy rainfall overnight and on Christmas morning. 

Counties pictured in dark green are under a flood watch until midnight Dec. 25. Counties in light green are under a flood warning.

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Editor's Note: This is a developing story. Be sure to keep refreshing this post for the latest. For more, follow @wvpublicnews on Twitter. For more on the verdict, see this post. For other reactions from government and mining industry officials, click here.

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Editor's Note: This is a developing story. Be sure to keep refreshing this post for the latest. For more, follow @wvpublicnews on Twitter. For more on the verdict, see this post. 

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As jurors begin to deliberate a verdict in the trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, all eyes in West Virginia turn to Charleston.

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Jurors in the trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship will soon be asked to deliver a verdict.

At 10:10 a.m. Monday, the prosecution rested its case. In a surprising move just moments after a bench conference, the defense also rested without calling any witnesses to the stand.

Billboard, Prostitution
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As prostitution arrests continue to rise in the Huntington area, city officials have come up with some unique ideas that they hope can begin to decrease the number of prostitution arrests. Among those ideas is the decision by the Huntington Police Department to begin posting  pictures of those arrested for soliciting a prostitute.

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Governor Earl Tomblin will hold a summit in Martinsburg Wednesday to address the state's ongoing efforts to combat substance abuse. Tomblin will be joined by medical professionals, education leaders, law enforcement officials, and individuals directly affected by substance abuse as they discuss reforms and new programs to help those struggling with addiction.

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Although the motivation for the President’s visit to Charleston was to focus on combating substance abuse around the country, others thought he should be more concerned with the decline in West Virginia’s economy--specifically in the coal industry.  

The West Virginia Coal Forum held a rally Wednesday morning, focusing on Obama and his administration’s stances on energy and emissions.

Richwood High School Student Reporting Lab

Ahead of President Obama's Wednesday visit to Charleston, students at Richwood High School have produced a video highlighting issues of substance abuse in Nicholas County.

Participating in PBS News Hour's Student Reporting Lab, the students at Richwood High spoke to recovering addicts, their family members and law enforcement officials to paint a gripping picture of the problems they face in the area.