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

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.

DuPont's Washington Works
Parkersburg News & Sentinel

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.

West Virginia Morning
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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
Clark Davis

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.

Secretary of Revenue Robert Kiss
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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.
Ashton Marra

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. 

Bob Powell
Ashton Marra

West Virginia Public Broadcasting staff from around the state spent part of their day reading to school children as part of Jumpstart's Read for the Record initiative. On Thursday, October 3rd West Virginia Public Broadcasting staff joined others across the country to read the children’s book Otis by Loren Long.

On this West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports on Mingo Co. Judge Michael Thornsbury pleading guilty to corruption charges and agreeing to resign,  Cecelia Mason on a marathon that might be affected by the federal government shutdown, and Clark Davis and Ben Adducchio give a preview on Marshall and WVU men's basketball. That and more.

Portions of South Charleston, Dunbar and other areas in western Kanawha County were under a shelter in place Wednesday morning as a result of a chemical leak. No injuries were reported and the situation appears to be non-threatening at this point.

Clearon Corporation Facilities Manager Scott Johnson says his company produces dry chlorinated bleach for use in pools. He details the chain of the events during the incident.

“At 8:25 Eastern Daylight Time this morning an alarm alerted our management to the release of a small amount of chlorine,” said Johnson.

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With the Legislature's Joint Committee on Health holding a hearing last week to discuss issues related to medical marijuana, there remains a long road of discussion and debate.

Here's where a handful of key state legislators stand on the issue:

Adjutant General James Hoyer of the West Virginia National Guard
Dave Mistich

Adjutant General James Hoyer of the West Virginia National Guard said of the more than 2,300 full time guardsmen and women that would have gone back to work Tuesday, 1,150 of them were sent home because of the shutdown of the federal government.

Hoyer said jobs affected by the shutdown include everything from mechanics to pilots. He expressed frustrations over not being able to protect the pay of the men and women who he said are responsible for protecting the nation and state.

Charleston CVB opens opens new visitor center
Dave Mistich

The Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Tuesday a  new visitor center at the Capitol Market.

Charleston CVB President and CEO Alisa Bailey pointed to Huntington’s visitor center at Heritage Station as the model for the decision to move to the Capitol Market. She said putting a visitors bureau in a building with other businesses was the right thing to do.

Eastern Area Observed Fire Danger Map
Wildland Fire Assessment System

The West Virginia Division of Forestry reminds residents that the state's fall forest fire season starts Oct. 1, 2013 and runs through Dec. 31, 2013. During these three months, daytime burning is prohibited from the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Outdoor burning is permitted only between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 a.m.    

State law requires a ring or safety strip around outdoor fires to keep the fire from spreading into the woods. This safety strip must be cleared of all burnable material and be at least 10 feet wide completely around the debris pile.    

Rendering of replacement of Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge
Department of Transportation

Construction continues  to replace the Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge, which spans the Kanawha River between Nitro and St. Albans.

Officials with the Department of Transportation said the state looked at options for bridge repairs over the years and eventually lowered the weight limit to less than 10 tons. Over time, rust and deterioration became too much.  

Marijuana
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After three failed attempts to get a bill passed that would make marijuana available to those who would benefit from its medicinal properties, Del. Mike Manypenny (D-Taylor) continues to press on.

Journalist and author Wil Haygood
Courtesy Photo

In most cases, a novel or biography inspires a film. But for journalist and author Wil Haygood, the sequence has been dramatically different.  A November 7th, 2008 article by Haygood in The Washington Post inspired the Lee Daniels film The Butler and then Haygood went back to write the book, The Butler: A Witness to History.            

Tim O'Brien and Larry Groce
Dave Mistich

West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage celebrated 30 years of live performance radio at the Americana Music Association's Conference in Nashville last week. Host Larry Groce and Producer Adam Harris were joined by singer-songwriters Tim O'Brien, Kim Richey and Chip Taylor for a special panel to discuss the show's history and its impact on American music and culture.

Here are a few images taken during the hour-long panel, which featured discussion and performances: 

West Virginia’s substance abuse problem is one focus of the Integrated Behavioral Health Conference in Charleston this week.  Professionals from health care, government and law enforcement are meeting to find the best ways to handle substance abuse and other mental health needs.

Department of Health and Human Resources Cabinet Secretary Karen Bowling said the idea of the conference began a couple years ago and that the goal is to combine resources in hopes of learning and progressing the field.

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