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.

Ways to Connect

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Before a newly formed legislative committee begins to meet, Speaker of the House Tim Miley and a group of legislators plan a tour around the state to learn from small business owners and entrepreneurs, members of the Cabell County Board of Education tour the new Huntington East Middle School before it opens in January, Book Lovers of Charleston celebrate 90 years, and The Steep Canyon Rangers perform "Tell The Ones I Love" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

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  Marshall University graduate and systems integration analyst Chris McComas wants to become the next head coach of the North Dakota Fighting Sioux football team. The way he went about applying for the job is genius.

He began his pursuit for the position by emailing Brian Faison, the athletic director of the university. In that email McComas attached a hilarious Powerpoint presentation detailing his coaching philosophy that wasn't short of brazen confidence.

Sports websites like Deadspin began picking up the story.

The West Virginia Division of Highways will be closing a section of Interstate 77 in Mercer County to allow for controlled blasting of a slipping hillside.

            The I-77 northbound slow lane between mile post 3 and 3.5 has been closed to traffic since December 2, 2013 due to the instability of the hillside. After consulting with a contractor, the WVDOH has decided to address the issue by bringing down the hillside with explosives.

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Lawmakers continue to address the issue of student achievement with new or updated programs, a Marshall University professor investigates how power outages affect the elderly, our friends at Traveling 219 bring us a report on Tucker County clock maker Doyle Kisner, and jazz pianist Bob Thompson takes his holiday tradition, 'Joy To The World' on the road around West Virginia for the first time.

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A Select House Committee focused on issues related to crimes against children plans to introduce four bills to the full legislature, parents of children with special needs form a support group, E. Gordon Gee returns to West Virginia University as the Interim President, and a non-profit research organization outlines who owns property in the state.

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The legislature takes a closer look at how the state handles the purchasing of technology and broadband infrastructure, Builder Levy returns to Appalachia to document the changes since he first photographed the region in the '60s, Tim O'Brien is not only a Grammy nominee but also a recent inductee of the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.

A winter storm has knocked out electricity for about 17,000 Appalachian Power customers in West Virginia.
 
     The utility's website shows most of the outages are in southern West Virginia. As of 8:25 a.m. Monday, there are 7,900 outages in Mercer County and more than 3,500 in Raleigh County.
 
     Smaller outages have occurred in Cabell, Fayette, Greenbrier, McDowell, Summers and Wyoming counties.
 

McDowell County ranks the lowest in the country for life expectancy for men and women, Concord University students remember loved ones taken by cancer, plumbing and pipe fitting trades grow because of the natural gas boom, and Martinsburg High School makes history by bringing home their fourth state football title in as many years.

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Residents around the state woke up to a wintry mix of snow, rain, and ice Sunday morning. In many areas, multiple inches have fallen and local authorities are cautioning residents not to travel unless absolutely necessary. Many events have been canceled throughout the state, so please check the organization sponsoring the event before traveling.

Heavy rainfall over the past few days has lead to road closures in many areas around the state, including roads in Berkeley, Braxton, Boone, Clay, Kanawha, Mason, Putnam, Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, Wayne, Roane, Wood, Harrison, Marion, Marshall, Ohio, Tyler, Upshur, Randolph, Nicholas counties.

Update: Monday, December 9, 2013 at 10:55 a.m.

With the passing of the anti-Aparthied revolutionary and former South African President Nelson Mandela, we wanted to connect you to how West Virginia played a small part in another famous South African's fight for Mandela's rise to international prominence.  

Legendary South African musician Hugh Masekela  performed for the Charleston Sternwheel Regatta crowd gathered for Mountain Stage on September 3, 1989. Masekela performed his song "Bring Him Back Home," an anthem of the movement to free Mandela from prison.

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West Virginia University's Board of Governors approves two motions to find a replacement for soon-to-be departing President Jim Clements, a private company bids to house the state's prisoners at an out of state facility, a preview on this weekend's high school football championship games, and Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott perform "It All Comes Down to Love" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

The Salem Industrial Home For Youth has transitioned to a rehabilitation facility for adult males, the Marshall University Thundering Herd football team sets to battle the Rice Owls for the C-USA Championship despite controversy over who should've had home field advantage, a competition at Fairmont University focuses on robotics, and West Virginia native and country music star Homer Bailes passes away at the age of 91.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin visits a Macy's fulfillment center in Berkeley on Cyber Monday, the second part of a story on the battle over the Fairfax Stone on the West Virginia/Maryland border, and West Virginia Music Hall of Fame inductee Melvin Goins speaks about his upbringing in the state and his career that took him elsewhere.

For 30 years and with over 800 episodes, Mountain Stage has been a mainstay in public radio and American music.

Like anything that evolves into a lasting endeavor, Mountain Stage’s success is part happenstance mixed with years of dedication and hard work. Truly, though, it all comes down to the people who made the show possible coming together with a shared vision.

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Students at South Charleston High School build a satellite to be launched into space, a look at some specifics of the debate over the natural gas industry, and the history of the West Virginia/Maryland border battle over who owns the Fairfax Stone.

    

A new graduate program at Concord University helps promote public health, Cross Lanes native Bridget Lancaster whips up some innovative recipes on PBS' America's Top Kitchen, and some highlights from the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame's 5th Induction Ceremony.

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We hear from an ultramarathoner in Beckley whose return to running has given him a new appreciation for life, a man who just passed through West Virginia on a bike to raise awareness about Lyme disease,  and an assistant professor at Marshall taking a look at ways to learn through text messaging.

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West Virginians remember where they were and what they were doing 50 years ago today--the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, residents in the Eastern Panhandle discuss issues related to child poverty, and Buddy & Julie Mille Miller perform "All My Tears" on this Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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A bill to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes is discussed in a legislative interim meeting, The Allegheny Front looks deeper into the relationship between petrochemical plants and the communities that surround them, and community colleges and universities continue to work together through their 2 + 2 programs.

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The Allegheny Front examines the Louisiana's boost in petrochemical industry jobs and the danger they entail, state lawmakers take a look at issues related to recycled fracking fluid and fresh water resources, the Eastern Panhandle prepares to discuss child poverty and homelessness.

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Our friends at Allegheny Front explore how a cracker plant has impacted the air quality in Houston and legislators receive an update on the effect of the Governor's prison reform bill from this past session.

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Our friends at Allegheny Front bring us a look at the impact of a ethylene cracker plant and the city of Princeton sees a revitalization in their town through the arts, education, and non-profits.

Update: You can watch the performances from the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame here.  

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When the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame inductedtheir 5th class on Saturday night, a wide swath of musical styles wasbe featured.

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The Marshall and Huntington communities remember the 75 that lost their lives in a place crash on November 14, 1970, the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame inducts a new class on Saturday, Classical Music host Jim Lange speaks with a guest maestro for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and Jesse Winchester performs "That's What Makes You Strong" on this Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

  Two stories that examine the critical role of Prevention Resource Officers in schools and what they do to keep students safe and a conversation with The Center for Public Integrity's Chris Hamby, who investigated the handling of cases involving black lung disease.

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An Italian auto parts maker expands operations at their plant in Pritchard in Wayne Co., the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition wins the right to protest in a court hearing, WVU's Solar Decathlon team returns from a recent competition in California, and more.

Marshall's football team will wear the number 75 on its helmets at its next game in memory of the victims of the 1970 team's plane crash. Marshall (6-3, 4-1 Conference USA) plays at Tulsa (2-7, 1-4) on Thursday night. Thursday is the anniversary of the Nov. 14, 1970 crash just short of Tri-State Airport near Huntington. The crash killed 75 people.

Miners seek to find other work through a rapid response occupational skills training, the Appalachian Regional Commission meets at their annual conference to discuss ways to encourage small business startups and growth,  and West Virginia Public Broadcasting's very own Matt Jackfert discusses this show's new theme music.

  A fire engulfs a city block in downtown Marlinton, the state's political future lies in the hands of voters who have traditionally voted the way their families did or aren't getting out to the polls at all, and the inaugural Iron Pour heats up Morgantown for sculptors. 

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