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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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. 

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If you look at the list of producers and showhosts at WUWM, with just a couple of exceptions, it consists of nearly all women. While the demographic breakdown varies from newsroom to newsroom, women do make up a large percentage of journalists working in the broadcast industry today. 


How often are you stopped on the street by someone asking for a donation to a charitable cause? And nearly all of us have been bombarded by knocks on doors, phone calls, or email solicitations by people asking for our support. As the world has become more interconnected, we’ve been exposed to more giving opportunities than ever before. But how can we ensure that our limited dollars are going to the right place?  

Stephen Anderson is a Milwaukee area poet, but if you read his latest collection, it would give few clues to where he lives.  The book, called The Dream Angel Plays the Cello, is filled with imagery that brings to mind places as diverse as the Caribbean, the desert, and Europe.

"I think through my travels and experiences abroad," Anderson explains, "I think all of that has given me a wider eye in terms of what I choose to write about."

Michelle Maternowski

Who would have thought that National Pretzel Day is upon us again already?  Or is it National Soft Pretzel Day?  Mitch and Michelle dig into that question, and also learn about a place that goes against the grain and celebrates its own Pretzel Day.  Plus, a tour of a grocery store with more varieties of pretzel than you can shake a pretzel stick at, and two new varieties of seasoned pretzels are put to the test.

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Actor Ed Asner is probably best known for two television roles he played — his funny portrayal of gruff TV news director Lou Grant in The Mary Tyler Moore show and his serious portrayal of the same character in Lou Grant. Those roles and others led to win seven Emmy and five Golden Globe Awards, but his latest role is often at odds with a journalist.

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Wisconsin's population is aging and the demands on the area's senior centers are increasing, as well. That is presenting a challenge for many areas of the state, particularly Milwaukee County, because just as the population is aging, so are the senior center facilities. 

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As NPR's first national security correspondent, and now as co-host of All Things Considered, Mary Louise Kelly has traveled to the far corners of the globe — from the Khyber Pass in Iraq to North Korea. However, until this month there was one exotic place the journalist had never been — Wisconsin.

Kelly was the featured guest at WUWM's Murrow Society event recently.  In conversation with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich, Kelly touched on a host of issues that have been part of her life:

Editor's note: This piece was originally published on October 7, 2017.

In the late 1970s and early '80s, Steve Martin was the most famous stand-up comedian in America.  Martin's albums, such as "Comedy Is Not Pretty" and "Wild and Crazy Guy" sold millions of copies and helped launch a career that went on to movies, novels, and stage plays.  But along the way, Martin lost his love for performing on stage in front of an audience.

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Parts of the Midwest are still reeling from spring flooding caused by a winter's-worth of snow melting in a very short period of time. The floods have caused hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage, even in places with plans for such occurrences. 

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Forrest Gregg, the man legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi called, "the best player I ever coached," has died at age 85. Gregg, a tackle, played for the Packers for 14 seasons (1956-1970) and was a key member of the franchise's early championship teams, including Super Bowls I and II. He went on to play one season for the Dallas Cowboys, in 1971, helping them to a Super Bowl victory as well.

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It’s taken some time since the recession of 2008 for the real estate market around Milwaukee to recover. But in 2019, the bounce back is noticeable. While prices here are still nothing compared to places like Los Angeles, Washington, or even Chicago — houses are going on the market and coming off the market within hours in some neighborhoods.

"Families are competing with older buyers who are looking to downsize. So, the same type of house is attracting offers from both ends of the demographic spectrum," explains Milwaukee Magazine Editor Chris Drosner.

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We are facing "a crisis" in the need for nurses in clinical settings, retiring nurses, educators and a shortage of nurses in the pipeline according to Kara Groom, chief nurse administrator and department chair at Mount Mary University.