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 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 tension in playoff hockey is thicker than the puck the players battle to control. Make it a game seven and it kicks up another notch.

Jennifer DeMaroney, courtesy

They range in age from their mid-twenties to their mid-sixties. Their ranks include teachers, physicians, administrators and a former state commissioner. 

He fell four strikeouts short of the history books, but Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sales was all smiles after his team picked him up with a 7-run 7th inning in a 9-4 win over the Texas Rangers last night at Fenway Park.

Folks in Music City have never come this close to hockey greatness, but after a 6-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks last night, their Nashville Predators are going to play for the greatest trophy in sports for the first time in franchise history.

Mitch Wertlieb / VPR

I wanted to take this moment to tell you about a friend.

So here's what the Boston Celtics were up against in game three of the eastern conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers last night: They had been blown out in the first two games of the series, on their home court, including a 44-point loss in game two. Cleveland had not lost a single game in the post-season, a 10-0 run. Game three was on Cleveland's home court. The Celtics' best player, Isaiah Thomas, suffered a serious hip injury, and he's out for the rest of the post-season. And entering the third quarter in game three, Boston trailed by 21 points. Final score from Cleveland: Celtics 111, Cavs 108.

VPR Newscast 5/22/2017 at 6:30 a.m.

The Boston Red Sox are trying to fill some holes in their pitching rotation, with David Price still scheduled for a rehab start in the minors before taking the hill for the first time with the big club this season. Drew Pomeranz had to leave his last start with a triceps injury, and Steven Wright's year is done following knee surgery.

VPR Newscast 5/19/2017 at 6:30 a.m.

Maybe he'd be rusty? That was the faint hope for the Boston Celtics going into game one of the NBA's eastern conference finals against Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers last night, but even though King James had a ten-day layoff waiting for the Celtics and Wizards to conclude their 7-game series, James was merely well rested and showed no rust in Cleveland's 117-104 win in Boston.

VPR Newscast 5/18/2017 at 8:30 a.m.

A gigantic pillar of smoke with the familiar mushroom top climbs above Yucca Flat during nuclear detonation in Las Vegas, Nev., April 22, 1952.
Larry Ullom / Associated Press

"The alternatives are to dig, die or get out — and we certainly don't want to die." That assessment in 1954 by a Midwestern governor encapsulates the massive but deeply problematic redundancy planning civilian and military leaders undertook to prepare for a Soviet nuclear attack. This shadowy legacy of the Cold War is explored in the new book Raven Rock by Vermont-based journalist Garrett Graff. 

More than the big swings and the long home run bombs, the thing the Boston Red Sox miss most in their first season A.P., meaning "After Papi", is the loss of the clutch hit.

Robert Layman / The Rutland Herald

In south-central Vermont, especially around Rutland, a severe windstorm swept through last Friday, knocking down trees and leaving many without electricity.

The underdog Ottawa Senators are moving on to the eastern conference finals, with a chance to play for the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2007.

The Castleton Spartans baseball team is celebrating its fourth straight North Atlantic Conference Championship title after defeated New England College twice tat Spartan Field yesterday. The Spartans took the opening game 9-3, and held on 7-6 for the clinching victory in game two behind starter Steven Jurkiewicz and and a save by closer Michael LaBeau.

Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

TV news viewers in Vermont are witnessing the end of an era in local programming. Last week, WCAX-TV announced it was being sold to Atlanta-based Grey Television, ending the run for a family-owned TV station that stretches back 63 years.

Anyone who watched all of the NY Yankees Chicago Cubs game from Wrigley Field last night will need an extra cup of coffee this morning, because the game didn't end until this morning. It means you took in all six hours and five minutes and each of the 18 innings that resulted, finally, in a 5-4 Yankees victory when Starlin Castro's RBI ground-out scored Aaron Hicks with the winning run.

There were eight technical fouls handed out and three players ejected from last night's second round NBA playoff game between the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards, and if you want to know why, Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas summed it up pretty well: "We don't like them and they don't like us."

J. Scott Applewhite / AP file

Sent from Vermont to Washington as a U.S. senator for the first time in 1974, Patrick Leahy has served longer than any other current member of the Senate.