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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It doesn't happen very often, and it's not like Chris Sale wasn't still very good in a loss, but lose he did last night at Tropicana Field as the Tampa Bay Rays used two home runs to beat Sale and the Boston Red Sox 4-1.

The Boston Red Sox couldn't complete a season series sweep of the Texas Rangers, falling 8-2 in Arlington last night. Andrew Cashner flirted a bit with a no-hitter for Texas, keeping the Red Sox hitless into the sixth inning before Xander Bogaerts ended that hope with a two-run homer.

Fans of the Boston Celtics have been waiting a long time for the team to make a big splash in the free agent pool, and yesterday they dropped a cannonball in signing all-star Gordon Hayward to a four-year, $128 million deal.

The Boston Red Sox extended their winning streak to five games deep in the heart of Texas last night, playing deep into the night with an extra innings 7-5 victory when pinch hitter Andrew Benintendi blooped a 2-run single over a drawn in infield to score Tzu-Wei Lin from third and Mookie Betts from second with the winning runs.

Cows on the Orr family's dairy farm, in Orwell, are pictured in this 2015 file photo. Anson Tebbetts, Vermont's agriculture secretary, spoke to VPR recently about Vermont's dairy industry and about challenges faced by the state's farmers.
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When Anson Tebbetts became Vermont's agriculture secretary earlier this year, he conducted a statewide listening tour to hear from farmers about the challenges they have been facing.

Mookie Betts and the rest of the Boston Red Sox didn't give folks in Toronto much to cheer about over the Canada Day weekend festivities at the Rogers Centre. The Sox completed a three game sweep of the Blue Jays yesterday with a 15-1 victory in which Betts drove in eight of those fifteen runs, including two homers.

Dr. Elaine Collins, the current president of Johnson State College, will become president of the new Northern Vermont University on July 1.
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Dr. Elaine Collins, current president of Johnson State College, will find herself in charge of a brand-new higher education institution called Northern Vermont University on July 1.

Frustrating night for the Boston Red Sox, who left eleven men on base in a 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park last night.

VPR Newscast for 6/29/2017 at 6:30 a.m.

After catcher Christian Vazquez put the Boston Red Sox ahead 2-0 in the second inning with his first home run of the year, Mother Nature intervened in the form of a steady downpour that lasted more than two hours. Fortunately for the Red Sox, the rains did stop and once they did the lead would grow to result in a 9-2 win over the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park.

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At the NBA draft last night the top picks went mostly as expected.

Like a too good to be true soaring stock market, the Boston Red Sox bullpen was due for a correction, but what happened yesterday in Kansas City was more like a full blown financial meltdown.

Chris Sale didn't want to come out of the game, but at 110 pitches thrown and with a big five-run lead in the ninth, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell didn't want to risk the health of his ace, and Sale fell just short of a complete game but still on the winning end of an 8-3 Red Sox victory over the Royals in Kansas City last night.

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With frequently wet and cool weather in Vermont this spring and summer, that's meant farmers have had to play catch up when it comes to planting crops and harvesting hay.

For the seventh time in a row, the U.S. Open golf tournament has produced a winner who had never won it before. The latest to join the first-timers club is Brooks Koepka, who not only won the Open, but did so with a final round 16-under par, which matches Rory McIlroy for the lowest single day score under par in U.S. Open history.

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A teen who believes she can see into the mind of a serial killer, a feminist take on Death of a Salesman through poetry, and a collection of interlocking short stories set in Sweden. All three are subjects of the books nominated for this year’s Vermont Book Award.

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