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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Burlington-based band Swale has been together for 15 years. In July, they released their third album, "There's No One Here."
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Broadly speaking, the Burlington-based band Swale plays rock songs — though labeling their music that way is a little like filling a paint palette with just one color. 

Fighting off a triple bogey on the eighth hole and the rest of the field, Drake Hull of Rutland retained his lead and went on to win the 111th Vermont Amateur Golf tournament at Dorset Field Club yesterday.

Tom Huebner, the CEO of Rutland Regional Medical Center, says tens of thousands of Vermonters could lose coverage under the proposed Republican health care legislation. He also says his hospital could lose $19 million in federal reimbursement.
Nina Keck / VPR file

Senate Republicans plan to unveil a new version of their health care bill this week, but unless it differs substantively from the previous version, Rutland Regional Medical Center could lose $19 million a year in federal reimbursements, according to the hospital's CEO.

At Marlins Park in Miami they may not have been playing for home field advantage ion the World Series but the American and National League all stars nevertheless gave fans a competitive game that went to extra innings last night, and ended with a 2-1 American League win thanks to a home run by Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners in the top of the tenth.

We'll start today in the NY Penn League, because if you headed down to Centennial Field in Burlington last night to catch the Vermont Lake Monsters take on the Hudson Valley Renegades, and stayed for the whole contest, you saw a Single A baseball game that was very likely more entertaining and dramatic than any played at the major league level on Sunday.

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.
Kathleen Masterson / VPR file

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.

VPR Newscast for 6/28/2017 at 6:30 a.m.

VPR Newscast 6/27/2017 At 6:30 a.m.

VPR Newscast for 6/26/2017 at 6:30 a.m.

VPR Newscast 6/23/2017 at 12:04 p.m.

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

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