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.

 

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There are some fans of the Boston Red Sox who will never fully embrace pitcher David Price unless and until he excels in the playoffs, no matter how well he's pitched for Boston this season, and especially since the all-star break.

looking up at an Elmwood Avenue street sign
Ari Snider / VPR

According to initial test results from the Environmental Protection Agency, levels of airborne chemicals in Burlington's Old North End neighborhood are below those considered dangerous to human health by the federal government.

This Lyndonville polling place was once a school, but has since been turned into town offices for Lyndon.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Vermont’s primary elections defied conventional wisdom by registering a higher than expected voter turnout. We turn to VPR reporter Bob Kinzel to help us parse the details of this election and what made people turn up at the polls.

The Boston Red Sox have a potential gold glove center fielder in Jackie Bradley Jr., but the Cleveland Indians have a guy named Greg Allen in that same position and he showed last night why that award is still, pardon the pun, up for grabs.

Boston Red Sox fans didn't fret much when the team traded rookie pitcher Jalen Beeks to the Tampa Bay Rays for Nathan Eovaldi.

The Tampa Bay Rays sidearm-delivering lefty Adam Kolarek had never pitched in the big leagues, and wasn't meant to pitch the ninth inning in the Bronx against the NY Yankees yesterday, trying to preserve a 3-1 lead with the bases loaded and nobody out.

A stack of newspapers on a white background.
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“We are not the enemy of the people." That's the message being sent out Thursday to readers of newspapers all across the country, in a coordinated effort spearheaded by the editorial staff at the Boston Globe in response to President Donald Trump's frequent attacks on the media.

Christine Hallquist embraces a supporter at her election night party in Burlington
Charles Krupa / Associated Press

For the first time in history, an openly transgender woman is a major party candidate for governor: Vermont voters chose former utility executive Christine Hallquist as the Democratic nominee for governor in the primary election.

The NY Yankees and crosstown rival Mets are going in completely different directions this season, the Yankees almost certainly playoff bound, while the Mets are already planning for next year.

When you have the best record in the major leagues, and on pace to win a franchise record number of regular season games, perhaps it's nitpicking to worry about a blown save by your team's all star closer, especially when you win the game in extra innings anyway.

After a four game sweep at the hands of the Red Sox, the NY Yankees found the Sox of a different color to be a less formidable opponent.

If there's one team in Major League Baseball this year that's separating itself from the rest of the pack, it's the Tampa Bay Rays, and it's not because of where they are in the standings.

The Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program office in Colchester requires overseas health screenings before refugees arrive in the U.S., but increasing rates of suicide among resettled Bhutanese refugees is alarming health officials.
Meg Malone / VPR

More than 92,000 Bhutanese refugees now live in the U.S., relocated after enduring years of deplorable and often deadly conditions in refugee camps after being expelled from their home country. Now, federal health officials have tracked a troubling trend among this group of New Americans: a rate of death by suicide nearly twice the national average. And Vermont's 2,500 Bhutanese refugees are not immune. 

According to a 1996 sudy, students lose an average of two months worth of knowledge over summer break every year.
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Anyone who's been through school remembers the glory of summer vacation -- and the blues of the following fall. Well that slow return to school is actually a documented phenomenon with a name: the "summer slide."

Bristol Democrat Ethan Sonneborn is 14 years old and running in the Democratic primary to be the party's pick for governor.
courtesy Ethan Sonneborn

Bristol Democrat Ethan Sonneborn is one of four registered candidates seeking the party's nomination for governor in the Aug. 14 primary. At 14 years old, he's by far the youngest, which he hopes will engage more young people in politics. We're talking with the candidate about his platform and why he's seeking the job of governor.

The masala dosa is one of "Huffington Post's" foods from around the world that you must try before you die.
Kristen Teig / Clarkson Potter/Publishers, Courtesy

Since 2014, southern Vermonters have had the pleasure of experiencing the tastes of southern India, courtesy of the Dosa Kitchen food truck. A new cookbook now takes the recipes for these flavorful and aromatic dishes beyond Brattleboro.

The adage that slow and steady wins the race seems pretty apt for the first ever major championship won yesterday at the British Open by Francesco Molinari.

The aftermath of a fire at the Vermont Standard office.
David Jordan / Associated Press

The conventional wisdom in journalism is that a reporter or news organization shouldn't make the story about themselves — but sometimes there's no choice. 

Such was the case for the Vermont Standard, the state's oldest weekly newspaper, which had to do some reporting on a story about its own misfortune when a fire swept through its Woodstock offices Monday in a complex that also houses other businesses and apartments.

Gov. Phil Scott is up for re-election this year, facing opposition in the GOP primary. He joins "Vermont Edition" to outline why he should return to the governor's office.
Chuck Barton / Associated Press

Gov. Phil Scott was elected two years ago with a promise to make Vermont more affordable. He now faces opposition in the Republican primary. We'll hear why the governor believes he deserves a second term in Montpelier.

Jasmine Bazinet-Phillips stickhandles in hockey gear on a rink surface while another player watches
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Among the teams participating in this weekend's 11th annual Hockey Fights MS Vermont Tournament is the Brown Bears — a hockey team from out of state that's made up almost entirely of women of color.

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