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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Gov. Scott's support of new gun legislation after events in Parkland, Florida and at Fair Haven Union High School was one of the top stories in Vermont this year.
Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR FILE

What a year in news in Vermont. Home-grown recreational marijuana became legal. Mid-term elections drew many more voters than expected, even in the August primary. Act 46 had many communities concerned. And now the Bernie 2020 guessing is in full swing. We'll talk to some of Vermont's top reporters about the state's big news stories from 2018.

The UVM men's basketball team needed two overtimes to do it, but they outlasted St. Bonaventure in a thriller, despite missing one of their best players.

With just one point separating them in the standings, the teams with the greatest rivalry in hockey history met in Montreal last night for a game that had a playoff feel to it.

“What does it take to start and run a successful small business in Vermont?” That’s the question that VPR podcast Brave Little State answers in its December 2018 episode.

Host Angela Evancie talks to VPR's Mitch Wertlieb about how the people-powered podcast model works, plus we play an excerpt from the episode to learn about what sparked the curiosity for this month's question-asker and hear advice from small-business owners in Vermont.

The New England Patriots are in danger of missing out on a first round playoff bye, and could be entering the post season as a wild card entry for the first time since 2009.

Maple syrup in glass leaf-shaped bottles.
Toby Talbot / Associated Press File

Today is National Maple Syrup Day. When most of us think about maple syrup, we might think of pancakes or perhaps put it in our coffee. But some maple syrup producers are trying to push it beyond the breakfast food category. 

A view from near the back window of a car looking at oncoming traffic and moving toward going under a bridge.
Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press File

There's been a lot of hype over the years about the future of autonomous vehicles – though mostly in cities, like San Francisco. But Joe Segale, the Vermont Agency of Transportation's director of policy, planning and research, would like to see self-driving cars being tested on Vermont roads.

Bayla Metzger / VPR

A Chinese scientist set off a firestorm recently when he claimed he'd created the world's first gene-edited babies. He Jiankui says he altered the genes of twin girls while they were embryos, to protect them from the HIV virus. Dr. Leah Burke, a pediatric geneticist and professor at the University of Vermont, said she was appalled by the news.

Male sage grouse, pictured in Colorado in April 2014, in a snowy field.
David Zalubowski / Associated Press File

The Trump administration announced plans last week to open millions of acres of land to drilling and mining by removing protections for the sage grouse, an imperiled ground-nesting bird that resides in the American West.

They're calling it the Miami Miracle, but I think the New England No-No might be more accurate.

Kevin Christopher, executive director of Lake Champlain Access Television and president of Vermont Access Network, seated before a microphone in the VPR studios.
Bayla Metzger / VPR

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a new rule that would cut funding to cable-access TV stations. Stations around the country, including in Vermont, say they might cease to exist without it. 

Vermont Air National Guard F-16 fighter jets parked on a runway in January 2018.
Lawrence Crespo / U.S. Air Force

Allegations of misconduct, abuse of power and a culture of impunity at the Vermont National Guard. Interviews with more than two dozen guardsmen alleging harassment of women and a toxic "good-old-boys" network. And alleged outrageous behavior among pilots and others high within the Guard ranging from the misuse of fighter jets to conduct that may have imperiled a mission in Africa.

These are among the findings from of a six-month investigation by VTDigger into the Vermont National Guard. 

It's entirely appropriate that the Boston Bruins notched a 2-1 overtime win against the NY Islanders last night when Ryan Donato made a nifty move in the shoot-out round, racing in from the right wing, faking to his forehand before deftly tucking a backhand into a small opening between the post and the outstretched pad of goalie Robin Lehner for the game-winner.

Photos, programs, magazine covers and more bring to life the story of The Patriots in the new book "The Pats: An Illustrated History of the New England Patriots" by Glenn Stout and Richard A. Johnson.
Images courtesy of Phil Bissell, the collection of Richard A. Johnson, and The Sports Museum

You may think you know The New England Patriots. Brady, Belichick and five Super Bowl championships; what's more to know? But author Glenn Stout's new book, The Pats: An Illustrated History of the New England Patriots, serves up details, anecdotes and stories from the team's nearly 60-year history that will surprise even die-hard Pats fans. 

In men's college hoops, a thrilling road win for the St. Michael's men's basketball team was secured when Levi Holmes III knocked down a fadeaway jumper with just four seconds left in overtime, the game winning shot in the Purple Knights 82-81 victory over Assumption in Worcester, Mass. last night.

UVM professor and Vermont State Climatologist Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux seated before a microphone at the Vermont Public Radio studio.
Bayla Metzger / VPR

The Trump administration published a major scientific report Friday which contradicts its own view of the public health and economic impacts of climate change. UVM professor and Vermont State Climatologist Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux was the lead author for the Northeast region of that National Climate Assessment.

In the NHL, the Montreal Canadiens welcomed their best defenseman back to the blue line and peppered the Carolina Hurricanes with 49 shots on goal at the Bell Centre last night.

“Why Are There So Many African-Americans Incarcerated In Vermont?” That’s the question VPR podcast Brave Little State answers in its November 2018 episode. Host Angela Evancie talks about how the people-powered podcast model works; who asked this month’s question; and how she and reporter John Dillon began to unravel the answer.

Republican Gov. Phil Scott speaks at a podium onstage at the Republican Election Night event.
Oliver Parini / For VPR

Republican Phil Scott is headed to a second term as Vermont's Governor. He told VPR that he plans to focus on making Vermont more affordable, protecting the state’s most vulnerable population, and growing the economy.

A showdown between two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks went on display in Foxboro last night, and in the end it was the five-time super bowl winner coming away with the victory as the New England Patriots topped the Green Bay Packers 31-17 in the first match up between Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers since 2014.