Mitch Wertlieb

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.


Ways to Connect

A woman stands in a field of autumn foliage.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Rev. Shannon MacVean-Brown is the first black woman to lead the Vermont Episcopal Church, and just one of three black women to hold the title of bishop in New England. MacVean-Brown says that experiencing this "otherness" can be uncomfortable, but it's also what informs her ministry. 

Mitch Wertlieb talking with 'March authors' Andrew Aydin and Rep. John Lewis
Ryan Newswanger / Vermont Humanities Council, courtesy

The graphic novel March tells the story of the life of Democratic Rep. John Lewis, one of the key leaders of the civil rights movement. Lewis chaired the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and he was one of the principal organizers of the 1963 March on Washington, as well as the march across Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965.

Kolby LaMarche is pictured here with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
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The new chair of the Burlington Republican Committee is Kolby LaMarche, a 17-year-old senior at Burlington High School. He's not old enough to vote currently, but can hold the position because he will be 18 by the time of the next general election.

Bottles of maple syrup in leaf-shaped bottles
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A new study published in the journal Forest Ecology and Management looks at how climate change will affect the timing and yield of the sugaring season in the eastern part of North America.

A man holds a violin.
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Renowned musician Jaime Laredo has been the conductor and music director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra since 2000. He's been acclaimed for the level of musical excellence he brought to the organization.

Now, the VSO has announced Laredo will be departing at the end of the 2021 season.

a woman on a track tying her shoes
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Elle Purrier grew up on a dairy farm in Montgomery, Vermont. Now, the 24-year-old is one of the best track runners in the state's history, and she's heading to Doha, Qatar, to compete for Team U.S.A. in the World Athletic Championships.

Vermont's first two F-35s arrived at Burlington International Airport last week. A total of 20 will be based here and all should be in place by next summer.
Elodie Reed / VPR

On Thursday, two F-35 fighters landed at Burlington International Airport. Eighteen more will join them by next summer. And thus, the Vermont Air National Guard becomes the first Guard unit to house these jets. We'll take a look at the various aspects of the F-35s in Vermont.

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The Otter Creek is the longest river contained within Vermont's borders.  It's shaped where Vermonters live, how they farm, and how the basic infrastructure and political divisions of the state are set up. And now, it's a big part of the state's phosphorus pollution problem.

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In the 250th year since its founding, Dartmouth College is confronting its history of profiting from the labor, sale and purchase of enslaved people. The college's founder was deeply involved in that brutal exploitation.

We're looking into whether parties in Vermont could cancel the state's presidential primary.
Tony Talbot / Associated Press File

In the last few days, a number of states — including South Carolina, Nevada and Kansas — have cancelled their Republican presidential primaries for 2020. These are states where the political parties control the operations of their own primaries, but could a political party in Vermont cancel the state's presidential primary?

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Vermont-based author M.T. Anderson is the winner of the 2019 American Library Association's Margaret A. Edwards Award for lasting contribution to young adult literature. In his acceptance speech for the award earlier this month, Anderson addressed the role of YA literature in today's society.

A closeup on the trigger of a handgun
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Speaking in New Hampshire earlier this month, at his first rally after deadly mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, President Donald Trump pointed to mental illness as the source of the violence.

Author Toni Morrison reads at a podium to people gathered
Eric Borg / Special Collections, Middlebury College (courtesy)

Toni Morrison died last week at the age of 88. Author of novels including Beloved and Song of Solomon, as well as winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, Morrison leaves a lasting impression on the American literary landscape — but she also left an impression on those who attended Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in Ripton, Vermont, during her time as a faculty member in the 1970s.

A woman golfs.
Austin Danforth / Burlington Free Press

She had a seven stroke lead heading into the final round of play at the Vermont State Women's Golf Association Championship, and Chloe Levins was not about to let it slip away. 

A piece of birthday cake with a lit 3 candle, set before a green striped background.
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In August 2016, VPR launched the people-powered journalism project Brave Little State.* The past three years have since flown by, and in that time the podcast has received and explored a whole range of questions about Vermont. Brave Little State marks its third anniversary by revisiting some memorable moments.

Headshot of author Miciah Bay Gault
Daryl Burtnett

Goodnight Stranger is a psychological thriller focused on a brother and sister, orphaned after the death of their parents. The tense tale is the debut novel of Miciah Bay Gault, who teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

A grocery cart in a store aisle.
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The Trump administration's planned changes to the way states determine eligibility for food stamps could impact Vermonters, cutting off households from benefits and potentially limiting the ability of schools to offer free lunches.

The words General Store written in red text on a white sign atop the exterior of a building.
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Oddertown is a small, fictional village in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom that actually seems quite real. In Gary Meffe's debut novel, The Wizard of Odd, life in Oddertown orbits around its tiny general store and the colorful characters who eat, drink and hold court there on nearly every topic under the sun.

Williston 11 and 12 boys in blue uniforms.
Lyndsey O'Brien and Cathy Larose, Courtesy

Vermont Little Leaguers are vying for state champion this week, and it's down to the final three.

The Otter Creek area is seeing a population surge of hundreds of thousands more northern leopard frogs than usual.
Calgary Reviews / flickr

Vermonters in the area of Otter Creek in Cornwall, Leicester, and Salisbury have been noticing something remarkable lately: hundreds of thousands more frogs than usual. Northern leopard frogs to be exact, in lawns, in pools, and — unluckily for the frogs — on the roads.