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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The new Lake Champlain Bridge connecting West Addison, Vermont with Crown Point, New York was re-opened in 2011.

The former bridge on the site was imploded in 2009, after the foundation was determined to be unsafe. For months after the demolition, people had to use a temporary ferry during the construction project.

In the months after the bridge re-opened, some of the lights on the $76 million bridge stopped working.

Reporter Lohr McKinstry has been following that story for the Plattsburgh Press Republican

A newly formed Health Care Cooperative wants the state of Vermont to reconsider its rejection of the CO-OP’s application to sell health insurance policies.

A revised report on the F-35 fighter jet and how it would affect the Burlington area is due to be released Friday.

Vermont State Police fire investigators say an early morning blaze that destroyed a vacant mobile home in Barnet was deliberately set.

A plan to bring F-35 fighter jets to Vermont has its backers—from Vermont’s congressional delegation to Governor Peter Shumlin, and business groups who say Vermont Air Guard jobs would be protected with the new jets.

But the plan has also drawn a lot of opposition, mostly from people concerned about the noise the planes would make in the communities around the Burlington International Airport where they would be based.

State tax officials say while Vermonters are required to pay tax on out of state and online purchases, many don’t. A long-running dispute over the tax status of an educational organization has led to a lawsuit.  Officials took part in a ceremony this morning marking the re-opening of an historic bridge in Richmond.  Vermont has the lowest unemployment rate in New England, at just 4 percent.

Monday, May 27th:

5:59am: Brad Mehldau: "Twiggy", from "Ode."

6:20am: Steely Dan: "Do It Again", from "Can't Buy A Thrill."

6:49am: Medeski, Martin and Wood: "Moti Mo", from "It's A Jungle In Here."

6:58am: Wynton Marsalis and Willie Nelson: "What'd I Say", from "Here We Go Again."

7:20am: Allman Brothers: "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed", from "A Decade of Hits 1969-1979."

7:58am: Jesse Cook: "Ocean Blue", from "The Blue Guitar Sessions."

8:20am: Rez Abbasi Trio: "The Cure", from "Continuous Beat."

Heavy rains fell over parts of Vermont causing road washouts and flash flooding. Especially hard hit were the towns of Underhill, Jericho Cambridge and Essex. Senator Patrick Leahy wants a new immigration reform bill to include a provision that would provide key rights to same-sex couples. But he also knows his proposal would imperil the larger immigration effort. Leahy is looking for other ways to accomplish his goal. Nearly 40,000 runners and spectators will be in Burlington this Sunday for the annual KeyBank Vermont City Marathon.

A land sale in East Montpelier is attracting a lot of attention, and it’s because the buyer of the property is Governor Peter Shumlin, and the seller is now publicly expressing remorse about the sale.

Peter Hirschfeld has been covering the story for the Vermont Press Bureau, and he joins VPR's Mitch Wertlieb for our Friday Regional Report.

Click listen to hear the interview.

VPR Newscast at 12:04 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2013

A Massachusetts developer has proposed a power line under Lake Champlain to carry renewable electricity from northern New York into the New England grid. The developer plans to bury the line as much as possible where it runs on land. Governor Peter Shumlin has signed into law a novel measure aimed at protecting companies from so-called patent trolling — the practice of making deceptive claims of patent infringement in the hopes of collecting licensing or settlement money.

VPR Newscast at 12:04 p.m. for Wednesday, May 22, 2013.

Wednesday, May 22nd:

5:59am: Butterfat Trio: "Bad News Bears", from "Under Dog."

6:20am: Oz Noy: "Cosmic Background", from "Fuzzy."

6:49am: Arlen Roth: "Layla", from "Drive It Home."

6:58am: Medeski, Martin and Wood: "Riffin' Ed", from "Radiolarians II."

7:20am: Lettuce: "Dizzer", from "Rage!"

7:58am: String Cheese Incident: "Jessica", from "On the Road": Live in Columbia, MD., 7/18/02.

8:20am: Grateful Dead: "Brown-Eyed Women", Live from Colgate University, Hamilton, NY., 11/4/77.

A North Bennington entrepreneur has won state and federal permits to generate electricity at a 200 year old dam site on the Walloomsac River. Vermont is getting $6 million in Homeland Security grants to help prepare for potential terrorist attacks or natural disasters. Botanist says time is running out to prevent the spread of Japanese Knotweed made worse by Tropical Storm Irene.

Monday, May 13th:

5:59am: Jacko Peake: "SFO", from "The Best of Cookin'."

6:20am: Galactic: "Black-Eyed Pea", from "Late for the Future."

6:49am: Charles Mingus: "Summertime", from the album of the same name.

6:58am: Addison Groove Project: "The Delivery", from "Wicked Live."

7:20am: Jamie Masefield's Jazz Mandolin Project: "Pokin' Around", from "After Dinner Jams."

7:58am: The Rhythm Section featuring Jacko Peake: "Suzanne's Jam", from "The Best of Cookin'."

Democratic leaders at the Legislature and Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin are in a showdown over tax policy and the disagreement means lawmakers did not adjourn this weekend as planned. The Whitingham Ambulance Service will soon close its doors, after forty years serving the rural towns near the state’s southern border. Emergency responders say changing economic and social patterns threaten the survival of many small ambulance services.

How does a shorter summer vacation sound? If you’re a student probably not so good, but what if in exchange there were longer break periods built into the school year…breaks that could be used for enrichment, camps or time with your family? That alternative is being considered by some school superintendents in Vermont. They’re calling it School Calendar 2.0.

The Bennington Police and the FBI searched two spas in Bennington this week after allegations emerged of human trafficking and prostitution.

Police seized computers, cell phones, cash and business records. Neal Goswami has been following the story for the Bennington Banner and he spoke with VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb for our Friday Regional Report.

Click listen to hear the interview.

There’s a lot of legislative news today as lawmakers work to wrap up the 2013 session. The House has taken a major step toward changing the way food is labeled in Vermont. Lawmakers approved legislation yesterday to require labeling of food that contains genetically modified organisms. Legislative leaders are working on a new plan to lower all income tax rates and primarily benefit middle income Vermonters. The day after the Vermont Senate passed legislation allowing doctors to provide lethal medication to terminally ill patients who request it, backers of the bill received a scare.

The Vermont House will consider legislation today to require labeling of food sold in Vermont containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

Three property owners whose homes were destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene just got word that FEMA will not approve them for a federal program that buys flood-damaged properties.

The Vermont attorney general's office says it has settled complaints that a Los Angeles company sent mailings to Vermont companies that appeared to be bills.

In the age of Super PACs, the Vermont House wants to prohibit big contributions to political action groups. The House passed legislation Wednesday that would cap donations to “Super PACs.” Supporters hope a last-minute compromise means a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to get doctors’ help to end their lives will become law. The Senate voted Wednesday to send the bill back to the House, the compromise was structured to win over just one vote.

VPR/Kirk Carapezza

In our hyper-connected world, some may find that it’s increasingly difficult to slow down long enough to read and truly enjoy a poem. A professor at the University of Vermont is encouraging his students to appreciate the sound and feel of poems.

Major Jackson says at an early age he fell in love with condensed language as a reader of poetry. His working-class African-American grandparents kept books filled with poems in their northern Philadelphia home. From time to time, Jackson would come across a poem that resonated with him sonically.

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