Mitch Wertlieb

Local Host, Morning Edition

A graduate of NYU with a Master's Degree in journalism, Mitch has more than 20 years experience in radio news. He got his start as News Director at NYU's college station, and moved on to a News Director (and part-time DJ position) for commercial radio station WMVY on Martha's Vineyard. But public radio was where Mitch wanted to be and he eventually moved on to Boston where he worked for six years in a number of different capacities at member station WBUR...as a Senior Producer, Editor, and fill-in co-host of the nationally distributed Here and Now. Mitch has been a guest host of the national NPR sports program "Only A Game". He's also worked as an editor and producer for international news coverage with Monitor Radio in Boston.

An avid Boston sports fan, Mitch has been blessed with being able to witness world championships for two of his favorite teams (and franchises he was at one time convinced would never win in his lifetime): the Boston Red Sox in 2004, 2007, and 2013, and in hockey, the Boston Bruins, who won their first Stanley Cup in 39 years in 2011.

Mitch has also been known to play a music bed or two during Morning Edition featuring his favorite band The Grateful Dead.  He lives in South Burlington with his wife Erin, daughter Gretchen, and their mixed lab Grendel. He (Mitch, not Grendel) has been host of Morning Edition on VPR since 2003.

 

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On a night when Patrick Gymnasium held a ceremony to rename its court after a revered ex-coach, the UVM men's basketball team kept the feel-good vibe going once the game started, never trailing in an 81-57 rout of Siena.

Ask any Philadelphia Eagles fan which scenario they'd rather be contemplating this Monday morning: lose yesterday's game against the L.A. Rams and put off clinching a playoff spot for at least one more week, or beat the Rams, nail down that playoff berth in week thirteen but lose your starting quarterback for the rest of the season to injury?

David Backes is back, far earlier than expected, and last night in Boston the rugged winger welcomed his own return to the score sheet, potting his first two goals of the season in the Bruins' 6-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes.

Big slate of college games last night, and we'll start with the UVM men's basketball team, which got off to a hot 6-1 start to the season but the Catamounts have cooled down a bit, suffering a 91-81 defeat at the hands of Marquette at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee last night, the Catamount's second straight defeat.

The New England Patriots are in a stretch of their schedule playing games they're supposed to win, and so far, all is going according to plan as the Pats easily beat the Buffalo Bills in upstate New York yesterday without even getting a touchdown pass from Tom Brady.

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The General Consulate of Mexico in Boston will hold a mobile consulate in Middlebury on Saturday.

The Montreal Canadiens appear to be reversing a trend in recent years of starting out of the gate strong and fading as the race draws to a close.

In the NBA, LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers has been in the league for 15 years and has achieved nearly every milestone, award, and accolade a player can, but last night in Cleveland's 108-97 win over the Miami Heat King James accomplished something he never had before, and accomplished is exactly the wrong word for what happened: He got thrown out of a game.

The Montreal Canadiens have their number one goaltender back between the pipes, and that could be bad news for the rest of the league if the Habs can start giving him leads to protect.

U.S. Olympic Slalom Champion and hometown favorite Mikaela Shiffrin solidified her number one ranking in the Women’s World Cup at Killington this weekend.

Turkey Day football action featured three games, most of which did not showcase the game in its best light.

They've seen this before at Rice Memorial high school, but for some fans who attended the home opener for the UVM men's basketball team at Patrick Gymnasium last night, it was their first glimpse at what freshman Ben Shungu can do.

The St. Michael's men's hockey team played a great 56 minutes of hockey against Amherst College yesterday, but coaches always stress that you need to bring your best for the full 60 for a reason.

With a sixteen game winning streak on the verge of being extinguished, the Boston Celtics turned to their new star acquisition to keep the flame lit.

A new plan has been introduced to cleanup Lake Memphremagog, Vermont's second largest body of water. The plan seeks to reduce phosphorus loading by 29 percent over the next five years.
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Phosphorus runoff from farms and other sources is a nuisance for Vermont’s lakes. Phosphorus loading can lead to toxic algae blooms that threaten the health of our waterways. This is a well-known problem for Lake Champlain, but now Vermont’s second-largest body of water, Lake Memphremagog, is in the spotlight for a new plan developed to correct its water pollution issues.

You know it's out there, but how can you spot fake news and combat it? We discuss those issues on "Vermont Edition."
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Where is the tipping point between a media source having a bias and one that is reporting fake news? And how can you spot news that really is fake?

Brendan Nyhan, Dartmouth College professor of government joins us to answer these questions and how to combat the preponderance of fake news.

When a team gets on a double digit winning streak in any sport, the spotlight gets brighter with every win, and the anticipation of who will end the streak, and how, also intensifies.

If misery loves company, perhaps the American and Italian men's soccer teams should get together for a drink.

Here's what Kentucky head coach John Calipari had to say about the UVM men's basketball team: "I didn’t realize how good Vermont was until I watched the tape. Then I was like, ‘who scheduled this game? This is ridiculous.’ They just do an unbelievable job.”

In statewide elections last week, voters in New York approved a measure that will create a land bank that will allow communities in the Adirondack Park and Catskill Parks to undertake some high way and utility projects. We speak with North Country Public Radio’s Adirondack Bureau Chief Brian Mann.

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