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!


5:53 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

DEP Approves Stormwater Management Plan for Freedom Tank Demolition

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has approved a stormwater management plan for the demolition of the Charleston Freedom Industries site. The tanks there were involved in the contamination of the drinking water for some 300,000 West Virginians in January.

According to the plan approved Monday, Freedom Industries contractors will place liners over the footprint of the tanks to prevent stormwater from unintentionally entering the ground.

Contractors will also halt the demolition process if more than two inches of rain falls within a six-hour period.

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West Virginia Morning
9:49 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Retailers Ban Pseudoephedrine, New Cancer Research, Shepherdstown Theater Festival & Bottle Rockets

Ashton Marra speaks with Senator Greg Tucker--who backed a bill to restrict sales of pseudoephedrine--about major retail pharmacies announcing plans to stop selling the drugs. Marshall University professor Vincent Sollars recently received a nearly $500,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute for his unique cancer research involving canalization. The 24th season of the Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University  features plays exploring the topics of our day. Also, The Bottle Rockets perform "Big Lots of Love" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

Chemical Spill
1:27 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Study: MCHM Could Be More Toxic Than Previously Thought

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  A new study shows a chemical that spilled into West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply in January could be more toxic than a previous test indicated. But the researcher behind the study cautions there are differences between his tests and earlier studies.

University of South Alabama researcher Dr. Andrew Whelton released the findings Thursday from crude MCHM toxicity tests on freshwater fleas.

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West Virginia Morning
9:56 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Preston County Schools Regain Control, Revitalizing a Princeton Theatre & A Museum for John Henry

The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to return control to Preston County Schools but, the return of control comes with some conditions. A non-profit organization in Princeton is working to improve the community by renovating a theatre.  The legend of the steel-driving man John Henry will soon have a home at a museum in the folklore hero's hometown of Talcott.

West Virginia Morning
11:30 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Meeting Dr. Martirano, Fasting for Climate Change, Mountaintop Mining's Effect on Fish & More

 West Virginia got a glimpse of its newly appointed superintendent of schools yesterday when Dr. Michael Martirano was introduced to a crowd of state employees and members of the media. 85-year-old veteran, Roland Micklem, says he’s organized the fast as a way to express his sadness over the deteriorating natural environment that he has witnessed in Appalachia. A newly released study shows that mountaintop removal mining affects fish populations downstream from the mining site. Also, Marshall University will open a new visual arts center in the fall in downtown Huntington. 

West Virginia Morning
9:01 am
Tue July 8, 2014

WVOASIS Integrates State Business Procedures & The Appalachian Project Seeks Stories

Tuesday marks a major change in the way state government does business but, unless you're a state employee that handles business procedures, it’s a change you likely won’t even notice. Two friends--one  in Johnson City, Tennessee and the other in Dickinson County, Virginia--are hoping to make a documentary showing a truer side of the Appalachian Region.

Mine Safety
5:57 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Federal Regulator Issues Citations to Wyoming Co. Mine for Black Lung, Explosion Hazards

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued 38 citations as a result of an inspection of Rhino Eastern LLC's Eagle Mine 3 in Wyoming County.  MSHA says inspectors found conditions that put miners at risk of developing black lung disease and increased the potential for deadly explosions.

According to a news release issued Monday, inspectors arrived at the mine mid-morning on June 24, securing the mine’s phone systems on the surface that provide communications to the underground mining section. They traveled to the underground working section, where they arrived undetected. There, they determined that the mine operator failed to follow approved ventilation, methane and dust control plans in several locations of the underground mine. 

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6:38 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Five Things From West Virginia American Water's Testimony to the PSC Regarding the Elk River Spill

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In May, the Public Service Commission of West Virginia opened a general investigation into West Virginia American Water’s response to January chemical spill at Freedom Industries. The investigation followed heavy scrutiny from the public over the water company not shutting down their intake along the Elk River downstream of the spill.

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4:47 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Water Company Provides Testimony to PSC Regarding Elk River Spill Response

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West Virginia American Water has met Wednesday's deadline to provide testimony to the Public Service Commission regarding an investigation into the water company’s response to the January chemical spill into the Elk River.  

In May, the PSC opened a general investigation into the incident.

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10:47 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Could a Once Polluted Section of the Kanawha River Be Used for Drinking Water?

Credit West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection

There’s a 72-mile stretch of the Kanawha River that runs from the small town of Diamond, near Belle in southern Kanawha County, all the way to Point Pleasant where it flows into the Ohio River. Since 1980, this section—known as Zone 1 by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection—has been exempt from being classified as Category A. That exemption prevents that section of the Kanawha River from being used as a source for drinking water. 

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West Virginia Morning
9:26 am
Fri June 27, 2014

More on the History of Wheeling's Name, High School Students Learn Conservation & Jason Isbell

We  hear what author Alan Fitzpatrick was able to uncover in his search in the mystery of how Wheeling got its name. The Student Climate and Conservation Conference asks the question: How are we as global citizens going to bring back and contribute to our schools and communities? Also, Jason Isbell performs "Traveling Alone" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

Chemical Spill
5:30 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

WV TAP Recommends More Research, Precautions After Research

Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Karen Bowling, Gov. Tomblin and Corona Environmental Consulting President Jeff Rossen spoke to reporters about the WVTAP final reporter Thursday.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

An independent research team hired by Gov. Tomblin to further study the chemical that contaminated the water supply of 300,00 West Virginians in January released their final report Thursday.

The West Virginia Testing Assessment Project, or WVTAP, began studying MCHM in February and has released results along the way. Thursday’s report includes their previously released findings and recommendations for moving forward.

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Higher Education
11:58 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Exiting WVU Parkersburg President Honored with Emeritus Designation

Credit Marie Foster Gnage / West Virginia University Parkersburg

  The West Virginia University at Parkersburg Board of Governors has named Dr. Marie Foster Gnage president emeritus. Gnage is the sixth president of WVU Parkersburg and the college’s second president, after Dr. Eldon Miller, to receive this designation.

A news release issued Thursday says a resolution was presented to Gnage at the June 2014 board meeting.

The board recognized Gnage’s leadership in many non-profit organizations and local, state and national higher education initiatives.

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West Virginia Morning
8:44 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Wheeling's Dark History (and Name), Arts and Bots, & A Scavenger Hunt for Charleston Culture

In Wheeling writer Alan Fitzpatrick's new book, A Place of Skulls, he says the city has a dark history. Kids from the surrounding areas were in Huntington this week taking part in Arts and Bots: Exploring Robotics and the Arts. Also, the sharpest eighth graders in social studies and arts from various counties participate in a scavenger hunt in downtown Charleston.

West Virginia Morning
8:40 am
Wed June 25, 2014

State BOE Picks Interim Superintendent, Infusing Technology, Morgantown's Industrial Traffic & More

West Virginia Board of Education members unanimously approved a new schools chief who will take the post starting next week. A three-day conference hosted by the West Virginia Center for Professional Development aims to encourage educators to learn how to effectively teach in a digital age. There’s a growing number of people in Morgantown that want the city to do something about the industrial truck traffic moving through downtown.

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West Virginia Morning
8:49 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Studying Morgantown's Air Pollution, The Future of Higher Ed & An Experiment with W.Va. Hops

For the first time, an inventory of how much greenhouse gas is entering the air in Morgantown has been compiled. Recently, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission approved tuition increases for several colleges and universities but they come at a time when enrollment is down.  As the craft beer industry has taken off, West Virginia State University- through a grant with the state agriculture department- is studying whether local farmers can benefit from the burgeoning beer industry by growing hops for the brewers to use.

West Virginia Morning
9:33 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Education Association Meets, Boys State Ponders What's Next, West Virginia? & Tandanus Tropicanus

West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee will be one of the educators at a national meeting discussing education issues such as Common Core State Standards, and standardized testing. This year, Boys State focused on the nonpartisan, statewide initiative, What’s Next,West Virginia?  The young men at Boys State had a great deal to add to a conversation on positive change in West Virginia during a 45 minute discussion in Charleston. A West Virginia University researcher has made an important new discovery on the other side of the world. 

West Virginia Day
11:39 am
Fri June 20, 2014

How to Celebrate West Virginia's 151st Birthday

I got this tattoo of the state shortly after my twin brother (who lives in Athens, Georgia) got the same one on his leg. I'm not saying it's original, it just gets a lot of compliments.

I crawled out of bed this morning at 4:30. 

I'm not bragging, I had to come in to host the morning newscasts and West Virginia Morning.

But I woke up feeling good. 'It's West Virginia Day, after all' I thought to myself as I was getting ready, doing my best not to crawl back into bed and wind up late for work. 

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West Virginia Morning
8:14 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Marshall's Health Care Pipeline, Celebrating West Virginia Day & Lucius on Mountain Stage

High School students focused on the fields of science, technology, engineering and math this week as part of  Marshall University's Health Care Pipeline Initiative. We celebrate West Virginia's 151st birthday with a segment from our award-winning documentary, West Virginia 150: Commemorating Statehood. Also, Lucius performs "Turn it Around" on this Mountain Stage song of the week. 

12:21 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

West Virginia Whistleblower Lawsuit Dismissed

A lawsuit filed by two former Department of Health and Human Resources employees for raising concerns about an advertising contract has been dismissed.

Kanawha Circuit Judge Jim Stucky granted the DHHR's motion for summary judgment last week.

Former DHHR deputy secretary Susan Perry and former general counsel Jennifer Taylor filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the DHHR in 2012.

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