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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After weeks of speculation over the contents of an education reform bill, lawmakers in the West Virginia Senate are now releasing details of the legislation. Widely known as an “omnibus” bill, the legislation is set to offer pay raises and address healthcare, but also offer additional components opposed by leaders of teacher and service personnel unions.

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A measure that would help clear the way for a repeal of the state’s business inventory, machinery and equipment tax has cleared its first committee hurdle.

House Joint Resolution 17 was approved by the House Finance Committee Wednesday. Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow told the committee that between $250 million and $300 million in annual revenue could be lost between commercial and industrial business taxes.

Sen. Finance Chairman Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, speaking during a Senate floor session.
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A bill that would provide tuition assistance to attend community and technical colleges in West Virginia has passed the Senate.

Senate Bill 1 passed the Legislature’s upper chamber with a unanimous 34-0 vote Wednesday.

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The West Virginia Senate’s top legislative priority drew lengthy debate Tuesday over proposed amendments to a bill that would create a grant program to pay the remaining tuition balance for community and technical college students.

 

Unions representing public educators and school service personnel are trying to stave off a bill that hasn’t even been introduced yet. What some are calling an omnibus education bill would boost teacher salaries and benefits, but could also reform education in ways the unions oppose.

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Two West Virginia State Police Troopers have been discharged following an internal investigation into the beating of a 16-year-old Martinsburg resident in November.

 

A spokesperson for the West Virginia State Police says Michael Kennedy and Derek Walker, who both held the rank of Trooper First Class, have been discharged from the force. Their discharge is effective as of Thursday. Both Kennedy and Walker had been suspended without pay.

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has selected a registered lobbyist working on behalf of the governor’s family companies to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of a state senator.

Paul Hardesty of Logan County will replace former Sen. Richard Ojeda in the state Senate’s 7th District, which covers Boone, Lincoln, Logan and parts of Mingo and Wayne counties.

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Taking a quick glance at Gov. Jim Justice’s legislative agenda, many onlookers are wondering how the budget will shape up by the end of session. With proposals for new spending and rollbacks on taxes currently yielding high-dollar price-tags, getting to a balanced budget remains unknown.

But politics are a part of policy making -- and everything becomes a negotiation.  

Beth Walker
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After a year of scandal involving lavish spending that led to the entire bench of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals being impeached, the court gave a budget presentation to the Senate Finance Committee. While Supreme Court Chief Justice Beth Walker outlined the entire court system’s budget and the implementation of new spending policies Tuesday, attention was heavily focused on a recent transaction to a women’s clothing and lingerie retailer.

Caleb Hanna
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This is a developing story that will be updated.

 

A group of Republican lawmakers in the West Virginia House of Delegates have announced a plan to introduce a bill that would divert $10 million from the state’s current surplus to help President Donald Trump build a wall along the southern U.S. border.

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A resolution introduced in the West Virginia Senate seeks to require that the Legislature’s upper chamber confirm Supreme Court appointments made by the governor. The proposal comes following a year of scandal surrounding the state’s high court, which lead to three appointments by the goveror.

Senate Joint Resolution 8 was introduced Monday and referred to the chamber’s Judiciary Committee. Republican Patricia Rucker is the lead sponsor of the resolution.

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Sen. Richard Ojeda, D-7th, spoke to his colleagues on the Senate floor to announce his looming departure to focus on a run for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. In a typically passionate tone, Ojeda criticized Republican leaders for failing to run bills he believes would have been helpful to all West Virginians.

“I’m sure everybody has heard quite a few rumors out there. I just wanted everybody to know there is truth to the rumor,” Ojeda said Thursday.

Gov. Jim Justice, R-W.Va., delivers his annual State of the State speech, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Charleston, W.Va.
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In his third State of the State address, Gov. Jim Justice promised to capitalize on West Virginia’s recently reported economic turnaround -- focused on education, roads, the state’s drug problem and rollbacks on taxes.

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This is a developing story and will be updated.

West Virginia state Senator Richard Ojeda says he will resign from his seat next week to focus on winning the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.  

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Republican leaders in the West Virginia Legislature outlined their priorities for the 60-day session, which kicks off today at noon. Senate President Mitch Carmichael and House Speaker Roger Hanshaw gathered members of their respective caucuses Tuesday and came up with four main priorities.

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One day ahead of the 2019 legislative session, Gov. Jim Justice announced another month of revenue surpluses. But with proposed increases to spending and hopes to rollback some sources of tax revenue, the overall budget picture remains unclear.

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With the 2020 election still a little less than two years away, Republican Gov. Jim Justice has announced he is running for re-election. The announcement, which came at a Monday event in White Sulphur Springs, was promoted by the state Republican Party through an email invitation to media and other interested parties.

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West Virginia lawmakers and policy experts met in Charleston Friday to discuss potential issues ahead of this year’s legislative session, which kicks off next week. The event, hosted by the West Virginia Press Association, brought about discussions of marijuana reform, education and the state budget.

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An invitation only Wednesday event in Charleston was billed as a symposium on marijuana, but skewed towards opposition of the drug’s legalization for medical and recreational purposes.  The event, titled The Colorado Experiment: A Look Back and What You Need to Know, touched on ecological, medical, public safety and law enforcement positions related to marijuana -- with all of the speakers standing in opposition to reforms that would provide wider access to the drug.

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A federal prosecutor will hold a symposium on marijuana Wednesday in Charleston. The invitation-only event will feature law enforcement officials and researchers opposed to marijuana legalization.

Mike Stuart, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, is hosting the event alongside a regional task force aimed at curbing drug trafficking. 

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This is a developing story and will be updated.

Two West Virginia state troopers have been suspended without pay pending an investigation into an incident in which a 16-year-old Martinsburg white male was beaten.

 

West Virginia State Police say the suspect was involved in a Monday, Nov. 19 crash with a sheriff's department cruiser and then crashed again following a pursuit. The suspect was apprehended, transported to a hospital and then later released.

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Charleston community organizer Stephen Smith has announced his candidacy for governor in 2020.

 

Smith, who is running as a Democrat, recently stepped down as director of the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition. The organization has focused on raising the minimum wage, child heath care and other policies aimed to help working class families.

 

 

When you opened your mailbox, watched television or listened to commercial radio in the lead-up to the election, you and other would-be voters were likely bombarded by political advertisements. Like in elections past, some of those materials were paid for by candidate committees and are easily identified as such. But the sources of the materials from other groups -- known as independent expenditures and not authorized by a candidate or a candidate committee -- are often more difficult to discern.

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The West Virginia Secretary of State’s office has released information on the use of a mobile voting platform for overseas military voters.

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A West Virginia state senator and Army veteran who lost a bid for congress in the 2018 midterms now has his sights set on running for president in 2020.

Allen Loughry
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Suspended state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry has stepped down following a nearly year-long scandal and a federal conviction. His resignation from the bench comes just days before lawmakers were again set to consider the embattled justice’s impeachment.

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Gov. Jim Justice has called a special session of the West Virginia Legislature to again consider the impeachment of suspended state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry.

Lawmakers will return to the matter Tuesday. They will already be in Charleston for their monthly interim committee meetings.

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This is a developing story and may be updated. 

Following Tuesday’s midterm election, Kanawha County election officials have announced that more than 1,700 ballots may have not yet been counted. Technical issues with voting machines could affect vote totals at 20 precincts across the county, including locations in Elkview, Clendenin, Pinch and Kanawha City.

County election officials made the announcement at a Friday news conference.

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Updated: Monday, November 5, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

 

A group encouraging West Virginia voters to reject a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot has filed a complaint with Secretary of State Mac Warner. The complaint, rooted in free speech issues and the state’s electioneering laws, comes after an incident Saturday at an early voting location in Morgantown.

A poll worker asked Vote No on Amendment 1 volunteer Stacy North to stay at least 100 feet from the entrance of the Mountaineer Mall early voting location to comply with state law, West Virginia Code Section 3-9-9.

Left Photo: Alex Brandon, Right Photo: Jesse Wright / Photo Illustration by West Virginia Public Broadcasting


Midterm elections have historically served as a referendum of those in power. With Republicans controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress, that could be the case this November, especially in one of West Virginia’s biggest races -- the race for U.S. Senate.

There are a slew of issues at play, but much of the race has been about how much, or when, the candidates have attempted to align themselves with President Donald Trump.

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