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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 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.

  • Investigators continue to probe the shooting of three men of Palestinian descent in Burlington. Plus, Chittenden County’s State’s Attorney on how she’ll conduct the investigation, reaction from the victim’s families, a statement from president Biden, a woman dies in a Brattleboro house fire, and wintry weather causes power outages.
  • People in Vermont's Jewish and Palestinian communities are expressing both cautious optimism and lingering concern over the news of a short-term truce between Israel and Hamas.
  • A Thanksgiving Day tradition in Richmond is preserved after nearly being lost to flooding. Plus, Gov. Scott’s plan for dealing with rising crime rates, the Burlington City Council faces push-back on an energy plan for the state’s largest hospital, Montpelier’s post office woes worsen, matching state funds for broadband, and where to find free community Thanksgiving meals.
  • Why new COVID vaccines are hard to come by. Plus, the Vermont Community Foundation raises money for flood victims, demand at food banks has been up even before Thanksgiving, some messy weather on the way, and help for folks seeking dental care in Rutland and Addison counties.
  • Increased staff at Community Health in Rutland will help get more care to Vermonters in Rutland and Addison counties.
  • "I see this as an extension of what I've said over the past month," Balint says. "The horrific violence has to stop. All hostages must be released. Hamas cannot stay in power in Gaza. Palestinians and Israelis both deserve safety and security."
  • Ken Squire’s broadcasting legacy in Vermont and beyond. Plus, a bill that would reimburse towns for potential tax money lost from summer flooding, Rep. Becca Balint calls for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war, Vermont’s Senate delegation votes for a short-term budget bill, and Vermont prepares to mark the Transgender Day of Awareness.
  • Exploring the humanitarian vision of a documentary photographer in Montreal. Plus, Congress passes a one-year extension of the Farm Bill, Rep. Becca Balint explains why she voted to avert a government shutdown, more extreme weather forecast for Vermont in a new climate report, and Vermont’s apprentice partnership program with Austria.
  • Debate over whether Weston should keep its only grocery store. Plus, Sen. Welch’s concerns about public support for Israel, a hearing on abuse allegations against a Franklin County Sheriff, the president of Vermont College of Fine Arts steps down, checking deer for COVID, and the Notch closes for the season.
  • A local volunteer-run arts group celebrates half a century of performances. Plus, a plan to raise taxes on the state’s wealthiest residents, calls to bring back a mobile vaccine service for homebound Vermonters, two long-serving Progressives won’t seek re-election for Burlington City Council, and a new invasive tick approaches just as deer season begins.