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Mitch Wertlieb

Senior Host and Correspondent

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 was 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) was host of Morning Edition on Vermont Public from 2003 until 2023. He now serves as the Senior Host and Correspondent.

  • Some folks in the Northeast Kingdom have been displaced from their homes following last week’s flooding. Plus, hot and humid weather increases heat risks for at least another 24 hours, some towns that experienced severe flooding remain under boil water notices, a dam in Barnet appears safe after concerns it might have been heavily damaged in the flooding, the release of town highway funds is being ramped up to help communities suffering major road and bridge damage from the flooding, and Sen. Bernie Sanders reiterates his support for President Biden following an assassination attempt against former President Trump.
  • Our latest coverage of the severe flooding caused by heavy rain Hurricane Beryl dropped on the region on the very day last summer's floods occurred. Plus, senior political correspondent Bob Kinzel speaks with U.S. Sen. Peter Welch after Vermont’s junior senator became the first Democrat in that body to call for President Joe Biden to withdraw from the 2024 presidential election.
  • Vermont Public continues its week of coverage commemorating the one-year anniversary of last summer’s flooding, with a wary eye on potential new flooding related to the remnants of Hurricane Beryl. Plus, Montpelier business owners say they’re better prepared for a potential flood event even as painful memories of last year’s floods remain fresh, farmers across the region reflect on the community support they got to stay in business after last year’s storms, and a Northeast Kingdom ski resort tangled up in the EB-5 scandal might be sold by year’s end.
  • Vermont Public continues its week of coverage commemorating the one-year anniversary of last summer’s flooding. Today, we examine the slow pace of efforts to rebuild Barre as a place that would be more resilient to future flooding, and we travel to East Calais to check in with a farmer who used canoes to rescue part of her flood-ravaged goat herd. Plus, Vermont State Police investigate an incident in St. Johnsbury that left two people dead and several others injured, Barre City’s fire chief recalls the swiftness of the rising floodwaters last summer, why it will take several years to flood-proof the state office buildings damaged last year, a three-time Paralympic cycling medalist from Putney has been barred from competing in 2024 Paralympic trials after testing positive for a banned substance, and Vermont-made butter gets a shout-out on a hit television show.
  • Vermont Public’s beginning a week of coverage commemorating the one-year anniversary of last summer’s flooding. Today, we’re checking in with the struggling Weston Theater Company after the troupe’s playhouse was inundated, and revisiting with a Plainfield couple after the deluge destroyed much of their property. Plus, Vermont officials have more leeway to ban people from sleeping and camping in public places following a U.S. Supreme Court decision last month, renovation of the Windsor County criminal courthouse is delayed, Amtrak says about 15 minutes will be shaved off the train ride from Burlington to New York City, Vermont is one of three states to take part in a new federal health care reform program, and Goddard’s Plainfield campus is selling for more than $3 million, but the buyer is still unknown.
  • The challenges of rebuilding – and why many think it’s wrong to do so – after a mobile home park in Berlin was washed out by historic flooding one year ago. Plus, a record number of Vermonters are currently in prison for crimes they’ve yet to be convicted of, a workplace safety complaint alleges staff at a state prison in Springfield are working in dangerously hot conditions, Sen. Peter Welch says Democratic leaders need to have honest conversations about whether President Joe Biden is the best choice for the party to defeat former President Donald Trump this November, members of the state’s congressional delegation rip the immunity ruling the U.S. Supreme Court issued in relation to the former president, and the first-ever public art installation in Vergennes has been unveiled.
  • Explaining Vermont’s early voting process for the primary in August. Plus, Vermont Emergency Management takes steps to determine if the state qualifies for federal disaster funding from flooding last month, Stowe is asking for federal financial aid to clean up from its third major flood event in the last year, a service that provides referrals for housing and health resources gets funding to operate on a 24/7 basis, the executive committee of Vermont’s Republican party backs former president Trump for the upcoming election, a new battery recycling law has gone into effect, and Vermont’s Elle St. Pierre qualifies for two events at the Paris summer Olympics.
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s failure to deliver help and relief for many Vermonters devastated by last summer’s historic floods. Plus, seven Vermont communities receive funding to help expand child care, housing, and community centers, a Vermont emergency rescue company is honored for a swift water rescue made during flooding last summer, new zoning changes will allow for more housing development in Bennington, roads have reopened in Stowe but a lot of clean up is still needed after a weekend storm flooded a local brook and cut off some people from their homes, and a new tactile sign with Braille lettering at Burlington’s waterfront will help blind and visually impaired people orient themselves and get more information when they visit.
  • What’s driving increases in tick populations and the diseases they carry in Vermont and other Northeastern states. Plus, early voting for Vermont’s primaries gets underway, New Hampshire’s population is rising even in rural areas that normally see declines, Vermont Game Wardens will be on state waters on the July Fourth holiday to deter people from operating watercraft while impaired, an estimated 70 million people nationwide are expected to travel somewhere over the next week for Independence Day, and Burlington unveils a new monument in a neighborhood park dedicated to racial equality.
  • A Vermont man arrested for flashing a middle finger at a state trooper settles his lawsuit against the police. Plus, mental health programs in Rutland and Randolph get federal funds to help increase access for low-income Vermonters and veterans, UVMMC nurses say they’re prepared to strike against the state’s largest hospital if agreement isn’t reached on a new contract, regional educators gather today for a summit on artificial intelligence in schools, school officials in Woodstock have dropped plans to renovate or build a new middle and high school, and the Enosburgh-Richford school budget passes on its third round of voting.