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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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett made it official this morning – he’s seeking a fourth term in office. Barrett sent an email to supporters, saying he’s filed the paperwork to run for re-election. Barrett already faces a number of challengers, including aldermen Bob Donovan and Joe Davis.

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Back in the day, the notion of the family business was a part of our cultural vernacular. But a report in The Economist found that while the number of family-controlled businesses is still growing globally, it is diminishing in this country.

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The last time Lake Effect spoke with writer Adam Johnson, his novel, The Orphan Master’s Son, had recently been released to some critical acclaim.

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Matt Berninger and his band, The National, are known for their sometimes dark, sometimes moody, introspective songs.  So some of the reviewers of Berninger’s collaboration with Brent Knopf have expressed some surprise at the lighter feel of its songs.

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Last year, the podcast Serial, a spin-off from public radio’s This American Life, captivated millions of listeners as it examined the murder of a Baltimore high school student.

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There have been some major policy issues debated in Wisconsin over the past few months – from changes to the board that oversees elections, to the future of the education and the state’s role in economic development. Most, if not all, of the changes coming from Madison have been made along partisan lines, as Republicans control both houses of the legislature and the governor’s seat.

That makes for a challenging period for Democrats in the legislature, including Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, who represents La Crosse and other parts of western Wisconsin.

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Proponents of parental school choice programs in the state will mark 25 years of school choice this evening. A coalition of groups is organizing the event featuring a number of speakers from throughout the movement’s history.

It comes as debate over the future of education in Wisconsin remains heated, and as the leading choice advocacy group holds its annual conference beginning Thursday in Waukesha. Lake Effect's Mitch Teich talks with Jim Bender, president of School Choice Wisconsin.


Earlier this month, an article in Britain’s Guardian newspaper called Milwaukee a “hub for human trafficking.” Just last month, nine adolescents across Wisconsin were rescued from commercial sexual exploitation in a sting by the FBI.

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At a time when the world has been dealing with some rough news, the music of Joan Shelley is a welcome respite.

Since the turn of the century, Casey FitzRandolph and his family have seen the best and the worst life has to offer.  The Verona, Wisconsin, native won a gold medal in speedskating in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Just a few years later, his younger sister was diagnosed with breast cancer, and eventually lost her fight to the disease.  Though the two stories have different endings, they have some interesting similarities.  They’re both representative of an attitude of doing whatever it takes to succeed.