Mitch Teich

Lake Effect Executive Producer

Mitch joined WUWM in February 2006 as the Executive Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.

He brings over 20 years of broadcasting experience from radio stations across the country - in Iowa, Minnesota, New York, and Arizona. Prior to joining WUWM, Mitch served as News Director of KNAU - Arizona Public Radio, Executive Producer of the station's monthly news magazine program, and anchored and produced news programming.

He has won many awards including several regional awards from the Radio Television News Directors Association and national awards from PRNDI - Public Radio News Directors Inc.

He holds a bachelors degree in Political Science from Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa. He lives in Wauwatosa with his wife Gretchen, daughter Sylvi and son Charlie. Mitch fills his copious spare time watching baseball, writing and looking for his reading glasses.

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Arts & Culture
3:33 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Reporter Investigates Poverty by Going into the Neighborhoods, Speaks to the People

Poverty can be seen throughout Milwaukee, in some areas more than others.
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Most of the news stories we read or see that relate to poverty get to the issue through some other lens – crime, unemployment, housing issues.  But writer Brendan O’Brien set out to cover poverty different in an ongoing series of reports for the online Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.

O’Brien’s series focuses on poverty as a way of life in neighborhoods on Milwaukee’s north side, and he joined Mitch Teich in the Lake Effect studio to share some of the backstory.

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Health & Science
1:28 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Report Finds Surpring Increase in Milwaukee's Infant Mortality Rates After Years of Decrease

The rising rate of infant mortality leaves a lot of empty cribs and heartbroken families around Milwaukee.
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Milwaukee’s efforts to reduce the rate of infant mortality in the city took a blow yesterday, when the city released new data showing the rate climbed to 10.3 deaths for every thousand births in the city.  That came after consistent decreases in the last decade. 

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Health & Science
11:29 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Should the Media Consider Ethics when Reporting Tragic Events?

Should media reporters figure in ethics while covering tragic stories?

The shocking stabbing of a 12-year girl in Waukesha by two of her friends has attracted media attention from around the world, largely for its connection to writings and a character on a horror fiction website.  The accused girls' names have been all over the news, as they stand charged in adult court for attempted murder.

Meanwhile, the story of the mass shooting in Santa Barbara, California, has raised concerns by some about the level of attention given to the murderer, who left a lengthy manifesto offering his rationale for the depraved act he was about to commit.

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Arts & Culture
10:54 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Hot New Summer Reads to Keep on Your Radar

Boswell Book Company's Daniel Goldin makes suggestions on hot reads for this summer.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Boswell Books Proprietor Daniel Goldin.

Many readers are already stockpiling titles for their summer reading lists.

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Arts & Culture
2:54 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

New Blog Explores Old Milwaukee Buildings

Aimee Robinson's latest "Intersections" blog post features the F. Mayer Boot and Shoe Co. building.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Milwaukee Magazine blogger Aimee Robinson.

Aimee Robinson isn't a historian, she's not an architect, and she's not a Milwaukee native. So at first blush, she might not seem like the natural person to write a column on distinctive, historic Milwaukee buildings.

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Economy & Business
2:46 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Want to Buy Grand Avenue Mall? Auction Bids Start at $4.75 Million

The Shops of Grand Avenue mall was listed for auction this week.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Milwaukee Business Journal reporter Stacy Vogel Davis about news on Grand Avenue Mall.

Milwaukee's long-declining downtown shopping mall, the Shops of Grand Avenue, is again on the block.

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Project Milwaukee
12:28 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Parents Behind Bars Help Fund Scholarships for Inmates' Kids

The Creative Corrections fund provides college scholarships for the children of inmates, who also contribute.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Percy Pitzer, founder of the Creative Corrections Education Foundation.

In the United States, some two million children are believed to have one or both parents behind bars.

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Arts & Culture
12:16 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

'Did You Hear the One About ... ?': The History of Television's Stand-Up Comedians

Where many famous comedians get their start.
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Maybe it’s an obvious point, but stand-up comedians are generally pretty funny people to be around.  But does a solid stand-up act necessarily translate to a funny sitcom?  Not necessarily.

Some of the most successful stand-ups to make the leap are featured tomorrow night in the first episode of the fourth season of the public TV series, Pioneers of Television.

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Arts & Culture
11:09 am
Fri May 9, 2014

'Take a Walk!': How Pedestrianism was America's First Spectator Sport

Pedestrianism was America's first spectator sport.
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The Milwaukee Brewers drew more than three million fans to Miller Park a couple years ago, as they made their most recent playoff appearance. The numbers have dropped a little in more recent times, but baseball is still a popular ticket through the summer here - and around the country.

But turn back the clock to the 19th Century, and the hottest ticket in town, as far as sports were concerned, was the sport of pedestrianism.  Watching people walk, around a track, often for days at a time.

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Arts & Culture
1:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Novel Sends Middle Grade Readers Steaming Into a Distant World

Writer Jaleigh Johnson
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Jaleigh Johnson talks about "The Mark of the Dragonfly" with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

Jaleigh Johnson sends her middle-grade writers to a different world and back to the era of big steam engines in her new fantasy novel.

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