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.


Ways to Connect

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Open enrollment is underway on Vermont’s health insurance marketplace, Vermont Health Connect. Sean Sheehan, deputy director of the Department of Vermont Health Access, sheds some light on what’s changed this year, and he has this advice: "This is not the year to auto-renew."

It didn't take long for the Colchester Lakers to take a lead they would not relinquish in their 2-0 victory over Essex in the girl's division one high school soccer semi-final playoffs yesterday.

A polling place in Lyndonville Vermont with voting booths, a Voter Enter Sign, and pictures with American flags that say Vote.
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With midterm elections under a week away, VPR is homing in on some of the more compelling elections in specific parts of the state. Reporter Robin Smith from the Orleans County Record and the Caledonian Record spoke with VPR about Orleans County elections, including the races for state’s attorney, sheriff, and state Senate and House seats.

A rendering of the greenlighted multi-purpose center at the Unversity of Vermont.
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A renovated Gutterson Field House for the University of Vermont hockey team and a new basketball venue for the Catamounts are at the heart of a multi-purpose center recently greenlighted by the UVM Board of Trustees. Jeff Schulman, UVM's athletic director, spoke with VPR about the project.

“What’s it like to hike the Long Trail?” That’s the question that VPR podcast Brave Little State answers in its October 2018 episode. Host Angela Evancie talks about how the people-powered podcast model works, where this month’s question came from, and shares a bit about the trail.

A row of occupied voting booths with curtains drawn in Norwich, Vt.
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With a week to go before the midterm elections, VPR is homing in on some of the more compelling elections in specific parts of the state. Reporter Jim Therrien, who reports for the Bennington Banner and VTDigger, spoke with VPR about the Bennington County elections for county sheriff and for the House seat vacated by Kiah Morris.

People's feet visible standing in a row of private voting booths.
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With a week to go before the midterm elections, VPR is homing in on some of the more compelling elections in specific parts of the state. Reporter John Flowers from the Addison Independent fills us in on Addison County elections, including the races for state Senate and House seats, and for county sheriff.

With a 5-1 victory in Los Angeles over the Dodgers last night, the Boston Red Sox captured their fourth World Series in the past 14 years, ensuring the franchise's best-ever regular season record of 108 victories would not be relegated to a footnote.

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There’s been a surge in early voting in many parts of the state this year. Why are more people turning to the early voting system and could it eventually lead to things like internet voting in Vermont?

The Boston Bruins got a sparkling effort from goalie Jaroslav Halak who stopped all 26 shots the Philadelphia Flyers sent his way, and the Bruins went on to a 3-0 win in their first game back in Boston following a four-game Canada road trip.

David Price is pitching with confidence, Andrew Benintendi keeps making outstanding catches in left field, and the two out rally has become a calling card of the Red Sox offense.

A baseball glove lies in the grass with a baseball in it.
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Though there are a number of sports in which gloves play a prominent role, the glove is most readily associated with baseball — a game in which every player on the field wears one. 

The VPR - Vermont PBS Poll asked Vermonters: "To what extent do you think racism is a problem in Vermont?" A donut graph shows the results as 17% "big problem," 36% "somewhat problem," 27% "small problem," 16% "no problem," 4% "not sure," 1% "refused"
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The October 2018 VPR - Vermont PBS Poll gives a glimpse into where Vermonters stand on statewide political races and issues — and one of those issues is race. Tabitha Pohl-Moore, Vermont director of the NAACP and president of the organization's Rutland-area branch, helps us dig into the poll results.

When the MVP award for the 2018 World Series is handed out it will go to one of the players on the Boston Red Sox or L.A. Dodgers. That's what the "P" in MVP stands for, after all, "player".

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Economic and political changes are staring down journalism professionals in ways that, while not necessarily new, pose complex new challenges. To examine this new landscape, the Friends of the Vermont State House and the Vermont Humanities Council will host a daylong journalism symposium Wednesday in Montpelier, called “Old News / New News / Real News / Fake News."

Gary De Carolis, executive director of Turning Point Center in Burlington, stands in the VPR lobby
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Madelyn Linsenmeir was 30 years old when she died on Oct. 7. When her obituary was published, it went viral on social media for its compassionate take on opioid addiction.

A new VPR - Vermont PBS Poll is out today, with numbers on who's leading in various statewide races before the midterms and how Vermonters of different political persuasions feel about various issues, from affordability to racism. 

David Price's major league career has already spanned ten years. It includes a Cy Young Award and a trip to the World Series, but in all that time he had never won a start in the playoffs. Well, in finally checking that box off his to-do list last night in Houston, he's also led the Boston Red Sox into the World Series.

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Drug abuse and addiction are among rural Americans' top concerns, according to a new NPR poll. Dr. Jill Warrington is the Chief Medical Officer at South Burlington diagnostic lab, Aspenti Health, where she focuses on treating substance abuse in Vermont.

Jackie Bradley Jr. played home run hero again, but the Boston Red Sox didn't secure their third win of the American League Championship series against the Houston Astros until left fielder Andrew Benintendi made a daring, diving catch of a low line drive for the final out of the game in the bottom of the 9th with the bases loaded.