Mitch Teich

Lake Effect Executive Producer / Co-host

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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Since the beginning of the year, our Precious Lives series has been telling the story of the impact gun violence has on people and communities. When the media does stories about mass shootings, we often hear that counseling services are made available to people who were traumatized by the incident.

But that’s not something that always – or even often – happens with a single, isolated murder, even though those incidents can be just as traumatic as the high-profile cases. 

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Two Republican lawmakers are working on a plan that would turn over control of several struggling Milwaukee Public Schools to an independent body.  Details of the plan by Representative Dale Kooyenga and Senator Alberta Darling emerged this week, though no bill has yet been introduced.

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The health care environment in southeastern Wisconsin is a competitive one, with several major players vying for dominance. One of those players got a big dose of good financial news late last week.

Lindy Vopnfjord grew up in Manitoba. But as his name would suggest, he is of Icelandic heritage.  Vopnfjord came through Milwaukee a few days ago, touring in support of the band Whitehorse.

We'll air a full interview with him in the days to come, but he recorded a new song in the Lake Effect studio while he was here. 

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Singer and actress Madeline Kahn is often remembered for her roles in Blazing Saddles, Paper Moon and in the Mel Brooks classic, Young Frankenstein. To this day, the late Kahn is thought of as both a comedic genius and something of a pioneer.

But 15 years after her death, new generations of film, musical theater and comedy enthusiasts are still discovering and learning from her work. 

"It's a measure of her gift...of her legacy that you don't have to have grown up on her to take delight in what she did," says biographer William V. Madison.

The Nine

Secret bible studies, anorexia, alcoholism and a dress code that excludes women from wearing pants. These are some of the things three women experienced during their time in Hutterite colonies in Canada.

Junia Waldner, Glenda Maendel, and Darlene Waldner are part of The Nine, a group of people who left the religious sect to freely pursue their Christian faith and join the modern world. 

If hooked early, kids can become voracious readers.

It’s a sentiment that authors Faith Harkey and Marcia Wells agree with.

"Most readers want to connect with the protagonist," Harkey says. "Effective literature, whether its for children or adults, is effective partly because of that universality - that there is something accessible in that character that we can all connect with."

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As Congress continues to discuss whether to approve President Obama’s request for fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the administration says the trade agreement among twelve nations is needed, in large part, to check China’s power in setting trade and labor standards in the region.

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Depression is a mood disorder that by some estimates seriously affects nearly 15 million Americans a year. 

From cognitive behavior therapy to hypnosis to medication, there are a variety of ways of treating it.

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Seventy years ago, three babies were born into desperate circumstances. Their mothers had been sent to almost certain death at the Mauthausen Concentration Camp in German-occupied Austria. Against unlikely odds, they were born and survived the camps along with their mothers.

The camp was liberated 70 years ago by a squad attached to the U.S. Army’s 11th Armoured Division – The Thunderbolts. The squad was led by Sergeant Albert Kosiek.