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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I told you those Eagles were going to be tough. OK, to be fair, I picked the Patriots to win by three, but like a lot of people, I didn't expect a 41-33 Philly victory that was pretty much all offense.

Steven Kornreich / US Ski and Snowboard

One Vermonter heading to PyeongChang this month is an alpine skier with a name that evokes its own bit of Olympic history. Ryan Cochran-Siegle's mother Barbara Ann Cochran won gold in the 1972 Olympic slalom. Now Cochran-Siegle, 25, who grew up in Starksboro is competing in his first Olympics.

With outstanding goaltending at both ends of the ice keeping the outcome of the game in doubt until the closing second of play, the Boston Bruins outlasted the St. Louis Blues 3-1 at TD Garden in Boston last night.

The University of Vermont men's basketball team had four players reach double digits in points last night, and when the dust settled, the Catamounts had their winning streak well into double figures as well, now at eleven wins in a row after a 68-54 victory against Binghamton in upstate New York.

Dairy cows eat at the Sweet Farm in Fletcher earlier this month.
Melody Bodette / VPR

Talk to any dairy farmer and ask what worries them these days and they all say the same thing: it's the low price of milk. But it's not just conventional dairy farmers who are feeling the economic pinch. Organic milk prices are also down.

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Ski icon and filmmaker Warren Miller died last week at the age of 93. For decades, ski fans have watched his films each fall to inspire themselves for the upcoming ski season. 

Vermont high school division one football teams have never merged programs, but in an effort to confront dwindling participation in the sport, Burlington and South Burlington high schools are throwing a bit of a Hail Mary with a plan to combine their programs.

The Boston Bruins are on the kind of roll right now that has them winning games even when their leading goal scorer has been suspended, and when a shot never meant to go into the net does, and turns out to be the game winner.

The Boston Bruins were able to keep their consecutive point streak alive, now at 17 games with at least one point following a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils in Boston last night.

The Boston Bruins are back in action at home tonight against the New Jersey Devils, Boston trying to extend its streak of garnering at least one point to 17 games, but the Bruins will be without the services of young rising star defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who will miss at least two weeks after undergoing a heart-related procedure called an ablation.

Joe Lemke / USA Hockey

While plenty of Vermonters are getting ready to watch the Olympics in South Korea next week a select few are preparing to compete in the winter games.

Down ten points in the fourth quarter, outplayed for the vast majority of the game, their best receiving threat out of the game with concussion symptoms. Yep, the New England Patriots had the Jacksonville Jaguars right where they wanted them.

The winning streak for the University of Vermont men's basketball team is now at eight games after a 67-56 road victory against a plucky University of New Hampshire team last night.

Playing the second of three games scheduled against each other over an eight day stretch, the two teams that have met more times than any other in any pro sport danced again in Boston last night, and the Bruins, as they did last Saturday, got the better of their ancient rivals, the Montreal Canadiens, in a 4-1 victory.

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With the news last week that the Trump administration is ending their protective status, more than 200,000 people from El Salvador currently living in the United States are facing deportation.

Laura Braunstein / Dartmouth College

If you think completing a New York Times crossword puzzle is tough, creating one that makes its way into the paper of record, well that would be quite a four letter word meaning great accomplishment, yes, a feat.

529 plans allow people to put away money for college and the contributions grow tax free. People who use them can avoid paying taxes when the money is withdrawn for qualified college education expenses.
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With the recent passage of a federal tax bill, the college savings plans — called 529 plans — many people use to pay for their child's education are changing.

Not sure if it was intentional, but the NBA decided to showcase its game to folks in England last night with two teams representing cities that are enduring symbols of the American revolution: the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers, and they provided plenty of fireworks in an entertaining comeback win for Boston.

The University of Vermont men's basketball team played its last non-conference game of the season last night against a familiar foe, and with a familiar result.

Trailing by 13 at half time, Alabama turned to Tua, and that turned the tide Crimson with a 26-23 overtime win against the Georgia Bulldogs for the college football national championship, in one of the greatest title games ever played.

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