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 28 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 looking for his reading glasses, watching his beloved Boston Red Sox and cheering on his children on the ice rinks, ballfields, and cycling tracks of southeastern Wisconsin.

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Today is graduation day for many high school students around the region, including Kelley Schlise, who graduates at the top of her class at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in Milwaukee. At today’s ceremony, she’ll share her thoughts about the last four years with her classmates, and her hopes for the future.  

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Don’t be surprised if you run into some well-spoken young people around Milwaukee over Memorial Day weekend.  Around 3,600 high school students will be in the city through the weekend for the Grand National Tournament of the National Catholic Forensic League.  

Wisconsin Historical Museum

If the Smithsonian Institution is known as “The Nation’s Attic,” the Wisconsin Historical Society holds that distinction here in this state.  But leaders from Historical Society believe the attic could use some significant work.


Cartoons and comics mean a lot to many kids.  But for some young people, the effect is especially strong and drives them to pursue a career in animation.  From medical, architectural and science, to forensics, industrial and gaming field — there's so much more to animation than Hollywood blockbuster films.

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Look around Milwaukee and it’s easy to notice a rise in reckless driving. And while sometimes you wish that there were a police car in the area to stop a reckless driver, there has also been a rise in police pursuits in Milwaukee. And that has people worried as well.

If you were on social media over the weekend, you probably saw the video.

A stolen Ford Escape tumbling end-over-end on North 45th and West Center Street after rear-ending a taxi and striking a pole — with police in hot pursuit.

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Mental health experts believe about 6 million people in the United States suffer from some degree of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  It’s a mental condition that wasn’t even officially recognized by science until the 1980s. It now represents a significant public health issue, among people as varied as combat veterans and small children growing up in violent homes.

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President Donald Trump continues to tweet messages claiming the U.S. is winning its staredown with China over tariffs and trade. After some thaws in the relationship earlier in his presidency, Trump and his administration have upped the rhetoric and put tariffs in place. The goal of the tariffs is to shift the balance of trade more in favor of the U.S.

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If the last couple of days are any indication, spring may finally be sticking with us. For some people that might mean the chance to get out and work in the yard. Others may be relishing the opportunity for spring sports like golf.

The May issue of Milwaukee Magazine features two covers. The traditional front cover focuses on Fitness, but if you flip the magazine upside down and onto its back, you'll see another cover, and a series of articles, devoted to golf. 

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A cool, damp spring can seem troublesome for gardeners. But with the right kind of plants and gardening techniques, the weather can not only improve your garden, it can improve water quality. 

Lake Effect contributor Melinda Myers is the author of numerous books on gardening, including The Midwest Gardener's Handbook and Month-by-Month Gardening in Wisconsin. She explains how you can create your own rain garden. 

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Mental illness can be a hindrance to living a comfortable and productive life, but there are some illnesses that can also spark creativity at the same time. Artists from Kurt Cobain to Vincent van Gogh were subject to manic episodes that led to periods of intense artistic creation.

Milwaukee Magazine has devoted many pages to health stories in past years. But this year, the publication is exploring health in a slightly different way. For example, you’ll find a local dentist who surfs on the cover of the May issue, which focuses on fitness. Carole Nicksin is editor-in-chief and publisher of Milwaukee Magazine, and she joined us in the studio to offer some background on the magazine's special issue.

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The issue of lead in drinking water isn’t limited to low income neighborhoods around Milwaukee. The housing stock and the water infrastructure in many city and suburban neighborhoods is old — and lead laterals serve modest houses and sprawling mansions alike.  

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Just over nine years ago, Brookfield native Ashley Schneider (then Ashley Kumlien) successfully became the 16th woman to run across the entire United States. It was a remarkable achievement for its athleticism.

But the reason she did it, and what that effort has evolved into — the organization MS Run the U.S. — are even more important than that first run. Schneider’s work is the subject of an article in the May issue of Milwaukee Magazine, by writer Dan Simmons.


Milwaukee’s Latino, or Hispanic community has grown to represent an increasingly important segment of the Milwaukee-area’s population at large. In fact, its population growth is responsible for the region’s modest overall increase.

But while we know that, there are a lot of gaps in our knowledge of how some of the region’s newest residents are faring in the overall economy. Those are questions that the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee organization wanted to explore.

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Since returning to her alma mater as an executive fellow, fashion designer Donna Ricco has been working with the next generation of designers. Ricco graduated from Mount Mary College (now a university) and went on to a successful career as a dress designer, heading her own company.