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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The Boston Red Sox were in danger of hitting a season high losing streak, already having lost four straight, and they were trailing the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 heading into the seventh, still showing few signs of being able to deliver with runners in scoring position.

The Boston Red Sox got outscored 23-3 in the first two games of their horrific home series against the Baltimore Orioles, and while they were able to cut down on the runs scored against them in the finale yesterday, the offense continued to produce offensive results, offensive in the sense of offending the fans who had to sit and watch the Red Sox strand 13 runners and muster just one measly run in a 2-1 loss at Fenway Park.

I mentioned yesterday that the Detroit Tigers weren't showing much fight against the NY Yankees in the first two games of their series in Detroit, but the Tigers changed that literally in a brawl-filled 10-6 win over the Yankees in the series finale yesterday.

In 2014, Gregory Zullo was pulled over for having part of his license plate covered. The state trooper said he smelled marijuana in the car and towed the car. The Vermont ACLU sued the state and is appealing the case to the Vermont Supreme Court.
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A case regarding the traffic stop of a black motorist and a subsequent vehicle search based on the smell of marijuana is heading to the Vermont Supreme Court.

The Boston Red Sox knew they'd have a tough time scoring runs against Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber last night, and indeed that was the case, with Kluber striking out twelve. But Kluber did give up a solo home run to Mitch Moreland in the fifth inning and ultimately the Red Sox came away with a 6-1 win.

I would so much rather be leading the sports report with news about the Red Sox today, but I can't because Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge dropped the equivalent of an atomic bomb on the basketball off-season with the news that he had traded all-star point guard Isaiah Thomas to the Cleveland Cavaliers for their all-star point guard Kyrie Irving.

The Stowe Mountain Lodge Classic pro-tennis tournament starts Tuesday and last until Thursday. World class players will compete and use the tournament to warm up for the U.S. Open.
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Some of the world’s top tennis players are competing this week in the first Stowe Mountain Lodge Classic.

State officials hope that Clean Water Week, which starts on Aug. 21, will celebrate Vermont waterways and the efforts underway to clean them up.
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The health of Lake Champlain and all the waterways in Vermont is a year-round concern. Gov. Phil Scott and other state officials want to drive that point home by officially kicking off Vermont Clean Water Week.

It was too little too late for the NY Mets as they tried to stave off a four game sweep in their crosstown series with the NY Yankees at Citi Field last night.

Interview originally aired in May 2016: Vermont may be a small state, but it has produced many cartoonists over the years. Vermont Edition spoke to Rachel LindsayStephen Bissette and Robert Waldo Brunelle, Jr., who discussed why they became cartoonists, the business in the digital age and what the cartooning community in Vermont is like.

On a night when the Boston Red Sox honored the Impossible Dream team of 1967 that single-handedly revived baseball in Beantown, winning a pennant in a year when no one expected them to, it's perhaps fitting that the 2017 Boston Red Sox won a game that looked for most of the evening like a certain loss.

It's not quite as rare as viewing a solar eclipse, but most baseball fans measure the time between seeing a triple play in years, and getting to see one live? Well, you can be a season ticket holder, attend dozens of games a year for many years, and never see one unfold. So the lucky folks at Fenway Park last night will be saving their ticket stubs after watching the Boston Red Sox turn their first triple play in six years in a wild 10-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Boston Red Sox rookie Rafael Devers continues to hit home runs, adding two more yesterday against the Cleveland Indians, but veteran Edward Encarnacion had two of his own, and both were two run blasts in Cleveland's 7-3 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

If the Boston Red Sox are looking for a theme song to their 2017 season, they might want to consider The Who's "The Kids Are Alright". It's an old song about the young, and it was youth that delivered the Red Sox a dramatic extra innings 3-2 win over the NY Yankees at the Stadium last night.

The Boston Red Sox and NY Yankees will meet in the Bronx tonight for a critical series that could tighten up or broadly widen the race for first place in the American League east.

What can educators do to help integrate refugees into their new communities? An associate professor at the University of Vermont will lead an effort to find out, thanks to a Fulbright award to conduct research on refugee integration in western Canada.

The Boston Red Sox extended their season best winning streak to eight games last night, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 8-2 at Tropicana Field behind a strong outing by Rick Porcello, and a hot shot that literally knocked Tampa Bay's starter Jake Odorizzi off the mound and out of the game.

The Boston Red Sox extended their season best winning streak to eight games last night, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 8-2 at Tropicana Field behind a strong outing by Rick Porcello, and a hot shot that literally knocked Tampa Bay's starter Jake Odorizzi off the mound and out of the game.

It didn't take long for Chris Sale to get back on track. The Red Sox ace had an uncharacteristically poor outing in his last start against Cleveland, giving up seven runs in a no-decision, but last night against the Tampa Bay Rays Sale was in full command, pitching eight shut-out innings and striking out 13 in Boston's 2-0 win.

To accommodate the rising number of people illegally crossing the border from the United States into Canada in order to seek asylum, Montreal has had to set up Olympic Stadium as a temporary shelter.

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