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 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 Montreal Canadiens took on old friend PK Subban and the Nashville Predators in a visit to Music City last night, and Subban helped defeat his former squad in Nashville's 3-1 win.

Can the Holocaust be funny? That's the premise of The Last Laugh, a documentary film that features Holocaust survivors, as well as Jewish comedians, trying to answer that question. It's being screened this weekend at the University of Vermont, followed by a panel discussion with some of the filmmakers.

Connor Gage on Mount Mansfield in September 2018.
Ronnie Gage, courtesy

The mother of a University of Vermont student who died of hypothermia earlier this month wants to make sure other parents don't have to go through the same grieving experience. Dorothy Connor has created the "Connor Gage Never Walk Alone Fund" in her son's memory.

Russell Westbrook has made history, and lest you think his new NBA record for consecutive games with a triple double isn't much of a big deal, consider that the player he passed to set the new mark is one of the greatest who ever took the court.

A reading lamp pointed during a made bed in a darkened room at a nighttime.
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What do you do when you can't fall asleep? Some people meditate, others count sheep — and some pop in their headphones and listen to Sleepy, a podcast made by audio producer and Vermonter Otis Gray.

The Boston Bruins were playing the second of back to back nights against New York teams, but after beating the NY Islanders in Boston Tuesday the Bruins let one get away against the NY Rangers at Madison Square Garden last night.

Green Mountain College men's basketball team playing at the Eagle Dome court.
Ric Cengeri / VPR

The last home game in school history for Green Mountain College men’s basketball team was Saturday, Feb. 2, when the Eagles defeated Bryant-Stratton College-Buffalo, 81-53. The win brought Green Mountain’s record to 16-6 this year.

VPR’s Ric Cengeri attended the game and shared his observations on Mitch's Sports Report.

Ethan Foleu, president of the UVM Student Government Association.
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Students at the University of Vermont want to create an on-campus food pantry. The request follows a recent UVM survey showing that one in five undergraduate students at the university are not getting an adequate level of nutrition.

Barney Crosier, a legend in the Vermont newspaper world, died last month at the age of 96. His friend and former colleague Susan Smallheer talked to VPR about Crosier's life and legacy.

The cover of Chard deNiord's book I Would Like To You If I Could: Interviews with Ten American Poets. It has a blue-green background.
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Vermont's poet laureate, Chard deNiord, took up a different role recently: interviewing other poets about their lives and work. The result is a book called I Would Lie to You if I Could: Interviews with Ten American Poets.

It's not a trend the Boston Bruins want to continue. For the second consecutive game, the Bruins took a one goal lead into the third period, and as they did in their last contest, failed to hold that lead on their own home ice, eventually losing in overtime 3-2.

Looking into the empty interior of the Vermont Senate chamber. A chandelier hangs from the ceiling and green curtains adorn the windows.
Oliver Parini / For VPR, File

How are amendments made to the Vermont Constitution? And how many amendments have there been over the years? VPR's senior political reporter Bob Kinzel provides historical context around this process and a look at what amendments are proposed for this year.

The Boston Bruins had a nine-day break from NHL action, a combination of every team's bye week coinciding in their case with the league's all-star game, and they returned looking energized in the early going against the Winnipeg Jets at TD Garden last night, jumping out to a 2-1 lead after two periods of play.

The Brooklyn Nets had been on a six game winning streak, but ran into a Boston Celtics team that had won five of its last six, the only loss a close one against the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors over the weekend.

The Middlebury men's basketball team found little resistance from Trinity College in their visit to Pepin Gym yesterday, scoring a lopsided 75-38 win.

For those of us pining for the sights and sounds of spring, there's an event happening in Burlington Saturday night featuring Buster Olney, a senior baseball correspondent for

Author Emily Bernard with her book.
Bayla Metzger / VPR

Emily Bernard has stories to tell. Some are hers and some were passed down by family members, but all of them connect in a deeply personal way to her sense of being as a black woman in America. The essays are collected in a new book called "Black Is the Body: Stories From My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine."

It's shocking any time Serena Williams loses a grand slam tennis match, but her ouster at the Australian Open yesterday was made even moreso as she bowed out to the Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova after building up a 5-1 lead in the third and deciding set.

Firewood stacked in a shed.
Emily Corwin / VPR

“What are the environmental and economic benefits of wood heat in Vermont? And then what are the costs to that?” That question comes to Brave Little State from Coco Moseley of Lincoln, who – like many Vermonters – heats her family’s home with an antique wood stove.

A black and white photograph of a woman laying on a bed in a Maine cabin.
Donna Gottschalk

Donna Gottschalk, who now lives on a farm in Victory, documented the LGBTQ scene in New York and San Francisco in the 1960s and '70s. Her photos — some of which have never been displayed publicly — are featured in a solo exhibition called “Brave, Beautiful Outlaws” at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City.