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 25 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 and his skating children, writing and looking for his reading glasses.

Ways to Connect

Miranda Paul / Millbrook Press

As the issues of race, gender, identity and culture percolate in a society that increasingly aims to be inclusive, so does the realm of children’s literature.  It’s a discussion that the Wisconsin chapter of the Society of Childrens’ Book Writers and Illustrators has taken on in the form of a diversity initiative.

In the late nineteenth century, civil rights pioneers Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass lived near each other in Rochester, NY. They were friends and often supported each other as they fought for the rights of women and African Americans in America.

Elora Hennessey / UWM Photo

Just before last month’s Democratic Presidential debate in Milwaukee, a group of protestors demonstrated right outside the filing room where hundreds of reporters had gathered to cover the event.

They were demanding an increase in the minimum wage in this country to $15 an hour. As it turns out, the minimum wage was barely mentioned in that debate. But the issues of wages, job creation and labor policies are recurrent discussion topics during the campaign season.

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The shooting of Dontre Hamilton by a Milwaukee police officer in Red Arrow Park brought together the issues of policing, violence, and communities here.  The case resulted in the officer’s firing from the force, but he was not charged in the shooting. A fact that spurred numerous protests, and was even raised by Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in last month’s Democratic debate.

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It’s a cliché to say that homeownership is the American dream. For generations, it was a milestone that people aspired to and generally went without question. But a storyline in recent years – especially following the burst of the housing bubble in 2008 – has been the reluctance of the millennial generation to adopt that version of the American dream.

Some factors that have kept millennials out of the housing market include waiting for job prospects and security to improve, paying off debts unique to their generation (such as student loans) and overall reluctance.

Matthew Desmond

A lot has been written about poverty and other problems facing urban America - issues like mass incarceration, inequities in education and the income gap. Still, ethnographer Matthew Desmond believed something was left out.

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A Marquette University researcher hopes his work could be a promising step towards a cure for spinal cord injuries and the paralysis they cause.

Dr. Murray Blackmore turned to an unlikely ally in his work - cancer genes.

Mitch Teich

This has been a big few months for museum upgrades around the city.  The Milwaukee Art Museum unveiled its new wing and revamped space last November, followed soon thereafter by the restored Streets of Old Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

The man who connected millions of American children with a love for reading will soon bring his message to a Milwaukee audience.

(c) Saul Leiter Foundation/Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

Photographer Saul Leiter is finally getting the international attention his fans think he's deserved for more than a half-century.  Leiter, who died in 2013, was a pioneer in photographing street scenes - in color. 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the disappearance of John Zera, a 14-year old Franklin High School student. Zera was murdered, and his body was found eight days later in Whitnall Park. Despite several seemingly promising leads in the case, no one has ever been charged in connection with his death.

The case re-emerged in the public eye recently with a print series and podcast by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Gina Barton.

Lauren Fox

Today has been an exceptionally windy day in southeastern Wisconsin. At WUWM's studios, we have been lulled by the sound of creaky windows and wind gusts.

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich watched whole magazines fly past his seventh floor window, while one WUWM guest witnessed a lady being knocked over by a particularly strong gust of wind.

Earlier in the day, we watched water dance across the frozen river.

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Pope Francis was in Mexico this week talking about borders and immigration policy while the presidential candidates did the same on this side of the border.

In addition, this week the White House also announced that President Obama will soon become the first American President since Calvin Coolidge to visit Cuba.

Photo by Sara Stathas

The work of Andre Lee Ellis is nothing new to Lake Effect. His tireless efforts to positively influence the lives of young black men in Milwaukee have been included on Ex Fabula and in a number of feature stories on WUWM.

Mama Tried Motorcycle Show, photo by @kurpius /

Locals and national bike enthusiasts know that Milwaukee is the epicenter of the American motorcycle universe. Harley Davidson is based here and draws hundreds of thousands of bikers on pilgrimages each year.  But the annual Harley trek to Milwaukee is in the summer.

The Mama Tried Motorcycle Show aims to remind people that motorcycles are a big deal year-round. Running Friday through Sunday, the event features indoor races and a gallery-style show including hundreds of bikes.