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 dog Fezzik. He (Mitch, not Fezzik) has been host of Morning Edition on VPR since 2003.

 

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Down by as many as 17 in the first half, the UVM men's basketball team was looking at the very real possibility of seeing their best in the nation in-conference winning streak come to an end.

Olympian Sophie Caldwell in a photo outdoors with her grandfather John Caldwell.
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You don't have to go far to pass the torch to the next generation of great athletes in Vermont, because in the Green Mountain State, Olympic bloodlines are all in the family.

If you're a fan of the New England Patriots, still stinging from the upset Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, turning your attention to hockey and the Boston Bruins just might provide a soothing balm.

Ariel Quiros, seen far left at a 2015 press conference, used the EB-5 program to defraud foreign investors. Attorney General TJ Donovan announced Thursday that he'll pay $2 million to settle civil charges filed by the state in 2016.
Vermont Business Magazine

In the ongoing fallout from what prosecutors have called a "Ponzi-like scheme" in the Northeast Kingdom, alleged perpetrator Ariel Quiros has agreed to a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Anne Galloway, founder and editor at the news website VTDigger, has been following this story from the very beginning. She joined Vermont Edition for an update on the most recent developments.

Burlington Bishop Christopher Coyne has called for the diocese's first synod since 1962.
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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington is concerned about active membership in the church and the need to attract young people and their families. Now the diocese has called its first synod in more than five decades to decide issues of doctrine as they pertain to attracting new church members.

Score a big upset for the University of Vermont women's basketball team, a 58-53 road win against the University of New Hampshire in Durham last night that avenged a close loss earlier in the season.

I told you those Eagles were going to be tough. OK, to be fair, I picked the Patriots to win by three, but like a lot of people, I didn't expect a 41-33 Philly victory that was pretty much all offense.

Steven Kornreich / US Ski and Snowboard

One Vermonter heading to PyeongChang this month is an alpine skier with a name that evokes its own bit of Olympic history. Ryan Cochran-Siegle's mother Barbara Ann Cochran won gold in the 1972 Olympic slalom. Now Cochran-Siegle, 25, who grew up in Starksboro is competing in his first Olympics.

With outstanding goaltending at both ends of the ice keeping the outcome of the game in doubt until the closing second of play, the Boston Bruins outlasted the St. Louis Blues 3-1 at TD Garden in Boston last night.

The University of Vermont men's basketball team had four players reach double digits in points last night, and when the dust settled, the Catamounts had their winning streak well into double figures as well, now at eleven wins in a row after a 68-54 victory against Binghamton in upstate New York.

Dairy cows eat at the Sweet Farm in Fletcher earlier this month.
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Talk to any dairy farmer and ask what worries them these days and they all say the same thing: it's the low price of milk. But it's not just conventional dairy farmers who are feeling the economic pinch. Organic milk prices are also down.

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Ski icon and filmmaker Warren Miller died last week at the age of 93. For decades, ski fans have watched his films each fall to inspire themselves for the upcoming ski season. 

Vermont high school division one football teams have never merged programs, but in an effort to confront dwindling participation in the sport, Burlington and South Burlington high schools are throwing a bit of a Hail Mary with a plan to combine their programs.

The Boston Bruins are on the kind of roll right now that has them winning games even when their leading goal scorer has been suspended, and when a shot never meant to go into the net does, and turns out to be the game winner.

The Boston Bruins were able to keep their consecutive point streak alive, now at 17 games with at least one point following a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils in Boston last night.

The Boston Bruins are back in action at home tonight against the New Jersey Devils, Boston trying to extend its streak of garnering at least one point to 17 games, but the Bruins will be without the services of young rising star defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who will miss at least two weeks after undergoing a heart-related procedure called an ablation.

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While plenty of Vermonters are getting ready to watch the Olympics in South Korea next week a select few are preparing to compete in the winter games.

Down ten points in the fourth quarter, outplayed for the vast majority of the game, their best receiving threat out of the game with concussion symptoms. Yep, the New England Patriots had the Jacksonville Jaguars right where they wanted them.

The winning streak for the University of Vermont men's basketball team is now at eight games after a 67-56 road victory against a plucky University of New Hampshire team last night.

Playing the second of three games scheduled against each other over an eight day stretch, the two teams that have met more times than any other in any pro sport danced again in Boston last night, and the Bruins, as they did last Saturday, got the better of their ancient rivals, the Montreal Canadiens, in a 4-1 victory.

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