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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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.

Sen. Christopher Bray is backing a per parcel fee on all property in Vermont to help fund water quality projects
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.

Manuel Balce Ceneta) / AP

Sunday's mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival Sunday night has been called the deadliest in modern American history, with at least 59 people killed hundreds more injured. Among those shot dead was a native Vermonter, 35-year-old Sandra Casey of Dorset.

VPR's Mitch Wertlieb spoke with Vermont Congressman Peter Welch on the prospect for legislation to change the country's gun laws.

All is not well in Foxboro, where the defending Superbowl champion New England Patriots are now 2-2 on the season, with two home losses in that mix after a 33-30 defeat against the Carolina Panthers yesterday.

Dr. Steve Shapiro is the chief medical examiner for the state of Vermont. Back in August, Shapiro spoke to VPR at the UVM Medical Center about the challenges of his position.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

On average, there are more than 5,000 deaths that occur each year in Vermont, and every death certificate is processed through the office of the chief medical examiner for the state: Dr. Steve Shapiro.

Maybe the Boston Red Sox should lobby to play the last five games of the season on the road.

We got questions and comments from many of you after our discussion of Ben & Jerry's social mission with Will Allen. Here's some of what we found out.
Kathleen Masterson / VPR/file

Back in August, Vermont Edition had a discussion about whether Ben & Jerry's is fulfilling its social mission. We got a lot of feedback on that show, and a lot of it was critical specifically of some of the statements made by one of our guests, Will Allen.

It will go down as one of those days when the world of sports intersected with the world of politics, culture, and race.

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A new study has found that Vermont is losing 1,500 acres of forest every year. That's in the context of a potential loss of more than 1 million acres in New England over the next 50 years. We're looking at the loss of forest cover and the consequences for the health of our landscape - from wildlife to water quality.

VPR Newscast for 9/25/2017 at 6:30 a.m.

You have to back to 1996 to find the last time the Vermont Lake Monsters played for the NY Penn League Championship, and they weren't even called the Lake Monsters then.

In 2007, the state of Vermont established a goal of cutting the child poverty rate in half over a 10-year span. The Vermont Child Poverty Council was formed to study and recommend policies to succeed in this effort — but when the deadline was reached this June, the state had not met the goal it set a decade ago.

You can forget about those wild predictions of the New England Patriots going 19-0 this season.

One of the many things I love about baseball is the long narrative arc of a season, and the unexpected twists that occur over its six-month span.

It took the Boston Red Sox the equivalent of more than two full baseball games to win one last night. Or, more accurately, this morning.

Fezzik the puppy on the day he met his new family in Vermont. He began his life in Alabama before making his way to a foster family in Pennsylvania and then finally to his permanent Vermont home.
Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR

A few months ago, I shared some sad news about losing my dog Grendel after nearly 13 years of companionship. But now there's some happier news to share.

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