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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The National Weather Service

Our mild Halloween temperatures will linger into this evening. Leaf swirling winds will increase. Winds will be quite gusty at times.

The National Weather Service in Charleston is advising resident to secure any light weight object outside. A shower is possible anywhere this evening.

A cold front moves through tonight with more coverage to the showers and perhaps some rumbles of thunder. Some stronger wind gusts can be expected with the showers tonight. Especially across the mountains and the higher ridgetops in the lowlands.

The company that published Crapalachia by West Virginia writer Scott McClanahan is venturing into film and one of their first projects will be based on the legend of a Greenbrier County woman murdered in 1897.

   A new study argues that America doesn't have 200 years worth of coal left like many believe, Berkley Springs writer John Douglas talks about his book A Fog of Ghosts: Haunted Tales and Odd Pieces, and the conclusion of the Halloween-themed mini series The Soul of a Company Store.

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A look at the economic outlook for the Eastern Panhandle, juvenile detainees testify on the conditions of the centers where they're being held, and the second part of a series of ghostly stories on the Whipple Company Store.

Between the years 2000 to 2010, over 55,000 work-related diseases were reported. Of those, more than 26,000 were noted as cases of Pneumoconioses, diseases in which dust, such as coal, causes scarring of the lungs. The Center for Public Integrity's investigative team takes a look at one of the coal industry's top legal firms and the withholding of evidence related to the matter.

As part of our transition into the digital age here at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, we're teaming up with NPR Digital Services to take part in their Local Stories Project. Here's a quick run-down of what that means.

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CONSOL Energy sells five longwall mines to Murray Energy, the families of Upper Big Branch Mine victims speak out against a Halloween attraction at King's Dominion, and the first in a series of Halloween stories on the Whipple Company Store.

In 1960, then-Senator and Presidential Candidate John F. Kennedy visited McDowell County, West Virginia and forged a bond with those living in the state's southern coalfields. It was a victory in West Virginia's Democratic primary that helped confirm his broad appeal to the rest of America. After winning the presidential election, Kennedy exposed the rest of the country to the perils of poverty that faced the region. In this article, USA Today reports on the way Kennedy's assassination has resonated with those living in southern West Virginia, the way things were then, and how they are now.

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Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, along with Senator Joe Manchin and Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced more than $697,000 in federal funding for pipeline safety efforts in West Virginia.  
 

WV Film Office

The West Virginia Film Office is always looking for the next great location for a film or television shoot. If you own a home, business, or property that you would like the film and television industry to consider featuring in a potential production, you can now post your information to the film office's online locations library.

"In addition to tax incentives, one of the most effective tools utilized by the film office to recruit the film industry to the state is its online locations database," said Pam Haynes, director of the West Virginia Film Office.

The family of an EMT who died on the job honors him with a scholarship to promote his vocation, an online program called West Virginia Welcome helps statewide the hospitality and tourism industries, and Beth Vorhees speaks with horror writer Frank Larnerd discusses his book Hills of Fire: Bare-Knuckled Yarns of Appalachia.

The Washington Post breaks down West Virginia's transition from being a state that has traditionally favored Democrats to becoming more and more likely to vote Republican.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting Executive Director Scott Finn brings us this moving op-ed commentary published by The Charleston Gazette on Saturday, October 26. Finn examines the power of words and the ways he has learned to communicate with his son Max, who is considered non-verbal because of autism.

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Nine Ohio and West Virginia residents who have cancer and other diseases have filed federal lawsuits this month against chemical giant DuPont, alleging the company knowingly contaminated drinking-water supplies with a chemical used by one of its plants.

Looking for a place to go ghost hunting this week leading up to Halloween? Check out this abandoned amusement park believed to be cursed in southern West Virgina.

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Ashton Marra reports on Senator Joe Manchin's bill that proposes a delay in the individual mandate as part of the Affordable Care Act, Cecelia Mason on electric billing issues in the Easter Panhandle, Clark Davis previews Marshall Women's Basketball season and The Pines perform "Rise Up and Be Lonely" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

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Ashton Marra reports how legislators are still learning how they can help improve early childhood education in the state, Ben Adducchio takes a look at regulations created to protect student athletes, and Concord student Brian Allen reports on a lumberjack festival from earlier this month at Twin Falls State Park in Wyoming County.

Children participating in a new program called Kids in Motion
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Ashton Marra reports on the potential implications of the Parkways Authority being absorbed by the  Division of Highways, Glynis Board has more on new horizontal drilling studies, and Clark Davis on a new program in Huntington to fight childhood obesity.

There's nothing quite as tragic as the loss of young lives, and that's exactly what the Memorial Student Center Fountain at Marshall University commemorates. On November 14, 1970, Southern Airlines took off from Kinston, North Carolina with nearly the entire Marshall University football team aboard. Just before landing, the plane crashed and burned, killing 75 people, including players, coaches, fans and the flight crew. The tragedy was profiled in the film We are Marshall.

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On this West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports on Governor Tomblin's call for a bill that would insulate businesses and individuals from another federal shutdown, Glynis Board has more on the Israeli Consul General's visit to a Morgantown synagogue, Concord student Chad Brown bring us more on a college "prep rally", and more.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Brooke County Sheriff Chuck Jackson said one person is dead after an early morning house explosion in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle.

On this West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board has an update on the ongoing investigation into Wednesday shooting at a federal building in Wheeling, Ashton Marra reports on the future of tolls along the West Virginia Turnpike, and Clark Davis has more on Marshall's School of Medicine being lifted from probation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

On this West Virginia Morning, Sen. Joe Manchin calls for an investigation into the Food & Drug Administration, more federal charges are brought against officials in Mingo County, Fayette County Schools talk consolidation with the state Board of Education and more.

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A former Wheeling police officer reportedly fired up to 30 shots into the federal courthouse Wednesday afternoon before he was shot and killed by security officers at the building.

Update: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 10:22 p.m.

Federal informations released Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney's Office charge former Mingo County Chief Magistrate Dallas Toler and Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks in separate cases. They are the latest charges in a string of federal indictments in Mingo County, recently leading to guilty pleas from a circuit judge and county commissioner.

On this West Virginia Morning, some workers in the National Guard return to work after being furloughed because of the shutdown of the federal government, yet challenges stll exist, Ben Adducchio speaks with West Virginia Filmmaker of the Year John Nakashima, and Jessica Lilly reports on the Best Short Film of Year, Miracle Boy.

On this West Virginia Morning, Jessica Lilly details one mine safety advocate's concerns over the federal shutdown, Cecelia Mason reports on a study on health and wellness in the Eastern Panhandle, and Glynis Board has more on WVU President James Clements' State of the University address.

Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden walking out of the U.S. District Courthouse in Charleston.
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A Mingo County Commissioner who pleaded guilty to federal extortion charges stepped down Monday from his post.

On this West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees speaks with West Virginia Public Broadcasting Executive Director Scott Finn about our new website, Cecelia Mason speaks with  musician and storyteller Adam Booth about his work and Glynis Board brings us an audio postcard from OglebayFest.

Andy Zalan

After shots were reportedly fired at the U.S. Capitol, a lockdown went into effect. Roughly an hour after those first reports, all members of West Virginia's Congressional delegation were confirmed to be safe. 

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