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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Playing the second of back to back contests, it probably wasn't a great idea for the Boston Bruins to get into a run and gun game with the likes of Phil Kessel, Sidney Crosby and the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, even if it appeared for a while like the Bruins would win that race.

A game high 32 points from Ernie Duncan led the University of Vermont men's basketball team to an 88-77 victory over UMass-Lowell in the opening of America East conference play for the Catamounts in Massachusetts last night, both teams getting the game in despite the massive nor'easter that bore down on the Bay State and continues to do so today.

Amy Noyes / VPR

Even for seasoned Vermonters, it has been cold. Temperatures at the beginning of the week were well below zero. Today is going to be cold and Saturday even colder, with dangerous wind chills expected.

He requested that no video tribute be shown, but he couldn't stop his image from appearing on the Jumbotron as the second quarter began, and that was all Boston Celtics fans needed to rise as one and give former Celtics superstar Isaiah Thomas a standing ovation at TD Garden last night.

Melody Bodette / VPR

Just as Vermonters are thawing out from a subzero temperatures, snow on Thursday will be followed by dangerous wind chills on Friday and Saturday.

Those temperatures are tough on the humans, but the state is also home thousands of dairy cows. How do all those cows, and their farmers stay warm? VPR visited one dairy farm to find out.

A Vermonter and one of the best college hockey players in state history is heading to the Olympic games in South Korea.

The New England Patriots did what they had to do, and by winning their final game of the regular season 26-6 in workmanlike fashion over the NY Jets, Tom Brady and company have secured home field advantage for the duration of the AFC playoffs.

On paper, the game should have been a romp, but the UVM men's basketball team had to work pretty hard to eventually defeat Quinnipiac 80-73 last night at Patrick Gym's Tom Brennan Court.

The Boston Celtics welcomed back Kelly Olynyk for the first time since he signed a free agent deal with the Miami Heat, and let's just say Olynyk seemed motivated to show his former team what they gave up when they decided not to make a competing offer of their own.

Melody Bodette / VPR

Animal welfare advocates say Vermont has made progress when it comes to handling cases of animal cruelty, but they say there's still a lack of clarity when deciding who's responsible for investigations, and who pays the costs associated with caring for the animals.

Playing the second of back to back games, with overnight travel from Boston to Buffalo thrown into the mix, it's no surprise the Boston Bruins played with heavy legs and on skates that seemed dulled with fatigue.

Jacquelyn Martin / AP

U.S. Senate Republicans voted along party lines (with no Democratic support) to approve a sweeping tax overhaul bill. The U.S. House has one more vote Wednesday, after which, the legislation will be ready for President Trump to sign into law by Christmas.

Yesterday's showdown between the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers brought back memories of the crazy, down to the wire, reversal of fortune game that marked the 2014 Patriots Superbowl win over Seattle that ended on a most improbable interception by Malcolm Butler, stealing a win from the jaws of defeat.

Having traveled the previous night from Detroit to play a team they hadn't beaten in three years, the Boston Bruins fell behind, and fell short in another loss to the Washington Capitals, a 5-3 defeat at TD Garden.

Purdue University professor James Saunders (right) will be speaking about his late friend and author Howard Frank Mosher on Friday in Plainfield.
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In January, Vermont lost one of its greatest authors, Howard Frank Mosher, who died at the age of 75. Mosher was not born in Vermont, but did spend most of his working life in the Green Mountain State, writing mostly works of fiction set in the very real realm of the Northeast Kingdom.

A coalition of lawmakers unanimously passed a resolution asking store owners in Montreal to welcome customers by using only the French greeting.
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Quebec's National Assembly has discovered that what's in a greeting can contain multitudes.

On a night when Patrick Gymnasium held a ceremony to rename its court after a revered ex-coach, the UVM men's basketball team kept the feel-good vibe going once the game started, never trailing in an 81-57 rout of Siena.

Ask any Philadelphia Eagles fan which scenario they'd rather be contemplating this Monday morning: lose yesterday's game against the L.A. Rams and put off clinching a playoff spot for at least one more week, or beat the Rams, nail down that playoff berth in week thirteen but lose your starting quarterback for the rest of the season to injury?

David Backes is back, far earlier than expected, and last night in Boston the rugged winger welcomed his own return to the score sheet, potting his first two goals of the season in the Bruins' 6-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes.

Big slate of college games last night, and we'll start with the UVM men's basketball team, which got off to a hot 6-1 start to the season but the Catamounts have cooled down a bit, suffering a 91-81 defeat at the hands of Marquette at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee last night, the Catamount's second straight defeat.

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