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 dog Fezzik. He (Mitch, not Fezzik) has been host of Morning Edition on VPR since 2003.

 

Ways to Connect

Vermont Law School sign on a fall day in October 2012.
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There is turmoil at Vermont Law School following the news that tenure has been revoked for 14 out of 19 faculty members at the South Royalton institution. A recent VTDigger article revealed the 75 percent reduction in tenured faculty as part of a plan to help restructure finances that have taken a hit from ongoing budget deficits.

A wooden gavel on a table with a blurry bookshelf in the background.
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Last week, President Donald Trump issued an executive order that ends the competitive selection process for administrative law judges (ALJs). Instead, they'll become political appointees.

It was the longest at-bat of the game, and when it was over, the Boston Red Sox were on their way to extending the longest current winning streak in the major leagues.

Actor Michael Sommers smiling
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There's a lot of buzz around the new film Sorry To Bother You, directed by Boots Riley and starring Lakeith Stanfield. Among the cast members is Michael Sommers, an actor originally from Middlebury.

I owe an apology to any Baltimore Orioles fans out there, and a thank you to the O's themselves.

VCFA sign in Montpelier, the letters surrounding the name Vermont College of Fine Arts with a building in the background.
Bob Kinzel / VPR

The list of 2018 finalists has been revealed for the Vermont Book Award — a literary prize awarded annually by Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, for works of outstanding literary merit by Vermont authors.

Protesters outside of the ICE complex in Williston. The agency operates a tip call center out of the facility that gets call from all over the country.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has roots here in Vermont, with a tip call center for suspected undocumented people located near a shopping center complex in Williston. VTDigger reporter Elizabeth Hewitt recently wrote about this ICE center in Chittenden County.

Vermonters competing in the Special Olympics USA Games held in Seattle performed brilliantly and have the hardware to show for it. The Special Olympics USA Games offer athletes with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to compete on the national stage.

The Boston Red Sox got out of D.C. with a sweep of the Nationals yesterday in a tight contest won by Boston 3-0 on the strength of starting pitching, and contributions at the plate from a hitter who's struggled this year just to keep his average over .200.

Yet another classic World Cup game was played in Russia yesterday, featuring an astonishing comeback by favored Belgium and a heartbreaking loss for underdogs Japan.

The world's best basketball player is changing uniforms yet again, this time trying on the bright yellow and purple worn by such luminaries of the sport as Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabar, and Kobe Bryant. 

Bob Mankoff, former cartoon editor for The New Yorker, seen here in 2015.
Richard Drew / Associated Press

Bob Mankoff, the former cartoon editor for The New Yorker, will be the featured speaker at an event celebrating the magazine's cartoons Saturday at Southern Vermont College in Bennington.

They've won the World Cup four times, tied with Italy for second most of any nation. They're the defending world champs. You have to go back to 1938 to find the last time their men's national team failed to make it out of the first round of play. Until now.

Some teams moved on from group play yesterday and even those that did not provided some great entertainment, including a 2-1 win by Saudi Arabia over Egypt, in which the Saudis scored in stoppage time in the 95th minute to gain the victory.

Special counsel Robert Mueller leaving the capitol in June 2017.
J. Scott Applewhite / AP

More than a year into the Donald Trump presidency, special counsel Robert Mueller is conducting multiple ongoing investigations.

These include probes into whether Trump and his campaign accepted help from Russia to win the 2016 election, and whether the president himself obstructed justice after he did.

The statehouse in spring.
Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR

By June 30, Vermont needs a budget — otherwise there could be a government shutdown on the first day of the state's new fiscal year.

At the World Cup in Russia, the opening round games of group play have been spectacular, with upsets in abundance, none more stunning than the 1-0 victory scored by Mexico over the defending champion Germans.

Headshot of John Killacky.
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Since 2010, John Killacky has been the executive director of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington. Last fall, Killacky announced his plan to step down in June 2018.

Killacky's tenure at the Flynn comes to an end this month, but he has plans to expand his roots in Vermont.

The Boston Red Sox took on one of the best teams in the A.L. west last night in the Seattle Mariners and eked out a 2-1 win.

Angela Evancie / VPR

“Where are all the aging hippies that moved to Vermont during the '60s and '70s, and what are they doing now?”

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