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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The Chicago Cubs will not have a chance to defend their first World Series championship in more than a hundred years. The Los Angeles Dodgers are back in the Fall Classic for the first time in almost thirty.

Toshi Widoff-Woodson

It's been called a memoir in verse, a collection of vignettes about time, place, family and race. The book Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson defies convention and can be read in any number of ways, as it will be for this year's Vermont Reads, a statewide reading project presented by the Vermont Humanities Council. 

Enno Kapitz

The enormity and horror of the Holocaust has been chronicled soberly in newsreels, in history books, in documentaries and Hollywood films. And yet one of the most revered depictions of the 20th century's greatest atrocity is communicated in a medium too often dismissed as a frivolous diversion: cartoons.

In 1992 the graphic novel Maus won the Pulitzer Prize for offering readers a simple but brilliant and relatable distillation of the Holocaust by rendering comic book versions of Nazis drawn as cats and the Jews they slaughtered as mice. A sequel told of survivors struggling to make a new life in the U.S.

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/CI Lab, courtesy

It was a violent collision hundreds of millions of light years away, the likes of which forged the gold found in our jewelry and the uranium in our stockpile of nuclear bombs. Scientists around the globe announced Monday groundbreaking observations of two neutron stars crashing together at nearly the speed of light. A Dartmouth physicist asserts it's the beginning of a new field of scientific discovery.

Aita Gurung allegedly killed his wife at the family's home on Hyde Street in Burlington on Oct. 12. Just days before, on Oct. 7, he had self-reported to Burlington Police his involvement in a domestic violence incident.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR

About half of the murders that have taken place in Vermont over the past 20 years have been related to domestic violence.

We're talking about that persistent, deadly link between domestic violence and homicide, and what steps can be taken by the state going forward to stop both.

Actors Andy Butterfield, left, and Jory Raphael of the Middlebury Actors Workshop practice the duel scene from the French farce "The Metromaniacs," by David Ives.
Melissa Lourie / Middlebury Actors Workshop, Courtesy

The Middlebury Actors Workshop is performing The Metromaniacs, a French farce, at Middlebury's Town Hall Theater from Thursday, Oct. 19, through Sunday, Oct. 22.

Earlier this week, two of the actors in the play — Andy Butterfield and Jory Raphael — stopped by VPR's studio to perform a couple of the scenes from the production and describe the play.

"American Street" by Ibi Zoboi and "Clayton Byrd Goes Underground" by Rita Williams-Garcia are both on the shortlist for the 2017 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.
HarperCollins Publishers, courtesy

When Rita Williams-Garcia read Ibi Zoboi's application to Vermont College of Fine Arts, she knew the writer was extremely talented. Williams-Garcia then served as Zoboi's faculty advisor at the school.

Now, Zoboi and Williams-Garcia each have a book nominated to the shortlist for the 2017 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. That's two of the final five!

The encampment on Sears Lane in Burlington was taken down by the city this week. A judge ruled Friday to block the city from taking down another encampment on Monday.
Liam Connors / VPR

This week the city of Burlington is planning to close a homeless encampment in the city's south end. We spoke to some members of the homeless community to get a sense of what they think of the decision.

The NY Yankees scored just two runs in consecutive losses to open the American League championship series, but back in the Bronx for game three, their bats could not be contained.

The NY Jets always seem to give the New England Patriots all they can handle, and such was the case yesterday as the Pats hung on for a 24-17 win in East Rutherford.

The Cleveland Indians set a major league baseball record this season by winning 22 games in a row. But they'd give every one of those wins back if it meant they'd still be playing playoff baseball in October.

One day after Iceland made history as the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup of soccer, one of the biggest failed to make the cut.

Meg Malone / VPR

Just last week, Vermonters in many parts of the state were still looking at the green leaves of summer, with some even browning prematurely due to a long span of unseasonably hot weather. But over the weekend that changed quickly, according to Mike Snyder, Commissioner of Vermont's Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation. His department puts out the state's weekly fall foliage report.

Trailing in the bottom of the ninth, the Red Sox season hanging in the balance, 3rd baseman Rafael Devers sent a ball deep towards the Green Monster that just got over the glove of the center fielder and struck the wall, caroming off at an angle that sent it past the the right fielder as he ran in to back up the play.

For anyone hoping for another ALCS showdown between the Boston Red Sox and NY Yankees, there's still a chance it could happen. Both the Red Sox and Yankees staved of elimination from the American League Division series with dramatic wins at their respective home venues.

When your baseball team isn't built to hit for power, you better have excellent pitching instead. Enter Chris Sale, who's been mostly excellent this year for the Boston Red Sox, save for his first  ever playoff game, in which he was not.

Ryan Remiorz / AP

Four years ago, a huge fireball appeared over the small Quebec town of Lac Megantic. The fireball was from an explosion caused by a runaway train that crashed into the downtown. Nearly 50 people were killed.

That tragedy is being examined again this week in a courthouse in Sherbrooke, Quebec, where three railway employees are on trial for criminal negligence.

The National League wild card game was wild indeed, with the Arizona Diamondbacks jumping out to a 6-0 lead over the Colorado Rockies in a game that looked like it would be over early, but was filled with offense on both sides before the D-Backs hung on for an 11-8 victory.

A blue-gree algae bloom at a beach in Burlington. Some people who live near Lake Carmi, which has dealt with similar blooms, are questioning the state's use of game wardens to enforce order at a public meeting on water quality.
courtesy / the Vermont Department of Health

Last week cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae, showed up in blooms that closed beaches on Lake Champlain and Lake Carmi, disappointing swimmers looking for relief from the late September swelter. But more than an inconvenience, it also posed health concerns for people and pets who might come into contact with the bacteria.

What is Vermont doing to prevent these blooms from happening? We asked Julie Moore, Vermont's Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources.

NY Yankees ace Luis Severino was pulled in the first inning of the A.L. wild card game last night after giving up three runs to the Minnesota Twins, but the Yankee offense had a pretty quick answer for that and by the end of the night, any home crowd Bronx anxiety was replaced by jubilation with an 8-4 Yankees win.

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