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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Almost without exception, efforts to legalize marijuana in the U.S. involve citizens of an area making the choice for their elected officials by way of constitutional referendum. Vermont’s constitution doesn’t allow for that kind of ballot initiative approach.

The Boston Bruins trailed the Ottawa Senators, on the road, 1-0 heading into the second period last night in game one of the opening round of the Stanley cup playoffs, and in the second failed to land a single shot on goal. But the Bruins found life in the third, scored twice, and came away with a 2-1 win against the team they hadn't beaten in four previous tries this season.

The Drew Pomeranz Red Sox fans were hoping to see when he was acquired after the all star break last season for a pretty good young prospect showed up at Fenway Park last night. The former Padres lefty was not expected to go more than five innings in his first start since starting the year on the DL with arm soreness, but he scattered just four hits before giving up a lead off single in the top of the 7th with the Sox leading 2-0 and ended up striking out six in an 8-1 Red Sox win over the Baltimore Orioles.

Win-loss records for pitchers in Major League Baseball can be deceiving. Chris Sale is exhibit A. The Boston Red Sox ace is still winless on the season and his record stands at 0-1, but he's pitched brilliantly in both his starts so far, including yesterday's 2-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

Happy outcome and some retribution for Sergio Garcia, who won the Masters Golf tournament yesterday for the first time, and for his first ever major championship win at age 37.

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Two young boys learn about death and mercy on a camping trip, a fishing guide contemplates and crosses a dark line during an excursion with a rich, entitled client and a teenager following the Grateful Dead for a summer tour plunges into a frightening drug addled spiral.

These are just some of the characters searching for truth and meaning in life and death in the new short story collection by Vermont author Tim Weed.

South Burlington residents have voted down the school budget for a second time.

In what could be an opening round NHL playoff series preview, the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators skated to a 1-1 regulation tie before the Sens won the game 2-1 in an overtime shootout.

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On Monday, Burlington's Mayor Miro Weinberger gave his State of the City speech, setting his goals and priorities for the Queen City over the next year. VPR spoke to Weinberger to learn more about his vision.

Chris Sale got a no-decision in his Red Sox debut at Fenway Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates last night, but with seven scoreless innings to go with seven strikeouts, the lefty sensation left little doubt that the decision to trade top prospects to acquire him was a winning one.

Vermont's largest ski resort is setting its sights on a three-peat. After hosting some of the world's best alpine skiers last November as a stop on the World Cup circuit, Killington resort officials say they're in talks with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association to have the event return to the slopes in November 2017 and again in 2018. The international body meets to decide upcoming schedules next month.

There's nothing like the sound of "play ball", and some of us like those words even better when they're said at Fenway Park, where the Boston Red Sox won their opening day game 5-3 over the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday in the first day of the team's rest of their lives without Big Papi David Ortiz lurking in the line-up.

Teams that refuse to fade away. Scoreboard watching in between shifts. Every goal a potential dagger for the hopes of some, a life preserver for others. The last lap of this NHL season in the eastern conference is looking more and more likely to produce a photo finish among at least five different teams for who will be in or out of the playoffs. The Boston Bruins are trying to make it there for the first time in three years and helped themselves out last night by shutting out the Dallas Stars 2-0 in Boston for the their third straight victory following a four game losing skid.

The NY Mets will be without their all star closer Jeurys Familia for the first 15 games of the season. The suspension was handed down by Major League Baseball in connection with a domestic violence incident last year involving his wife.

A little separation. A little breathing room. That's what the Boston Bruins bought themselves last night with a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators in Boston, a much-needed home win and the team's second in a row following a four game losing skid.

The NHL calendar says the playoffs don't start for another two weeks, but you could fool at least four teams in the eastern conference for whom every game from now until the end of the season is essentially, a playoff game to make the playoffs.

Angela Evancie / VPR file

The House Committee on Appropriations is expected to vote out its version of the fiscal year 2018 state budget Monday. Here are some takeaways about the state budget as it stands.

The Norwich men's hockey team is once again champions of NCAA division three hockey. The Cadets won the program's fourth title and first in seven years Saturday night, beating Trinity 4-1 in upstate New York.

The Boston Bruins could not stand their good fortune against the Tampa Bay Lightning last night, blowing three different leads at home of 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2 in an ultimate 6-3 loss in a game they really had to have to keep a secure spot in the race for the playoffs.

In the NHL, the Boston Bruins were idle last night but two games were played that have an effect on their fortunes, and neither outcome was good for the Black and Gold.

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