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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Mark Siddall is a specialist in the kinds of things you probably hope stay the heck out of your house. Siddall is the curator of invertebrates at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and specializes in things like leeches and parasites — and also in the field of poisons and toxicology.

But he proves that even things we might think of as yucky or frightening can also be fascinating.

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There are many names for the neighborhoods just south of downtown Milwaukee, but there is one over-arching term that has taken hold: the near south side.

In front of a live audience at Latino Arts in Walker's Square, Lake Effect's Mitch Teich and Bonnie North sat down with some of the neighborhood's residents and entrepreneurs to uncover what makes the area unique: its growing demographic, charming character, entrepreneurs, and music.

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Consider the humble mushroom. You might have a few growing in your yard right now, especially if it’s not so well-drained. However, it's the more exotic varieties that may well grace your plate if you eat at some Milwaukee-area restaurants, especially the ones particular about their mushrooms.

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For some young people, just heading off to college can be challenging enough, even before deciding on what course of study might carry them through their adult life. One Milwaukee area school is trying to make navigating that undecided part of the college experience a little easier.

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The Washington Highlands neighborhood consists of 375 beautiful, large houses arrayed over 133 acres on the eastern edge of Wauwatosa, between 68th and 60th Streets. If you're not familiar with the Highlands, I think we can – with impunity – call it the "high rent district."

There's a common rumor about the neighborhood that Julia Griffith wants to end. She's the program director for Historic Milwaukee, which is planning a program around the area. 

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There are many things police officers need to know: how to deal with drunk drivers, when to chase a perpetrator and when to use force. Author and former Milwaukee Police officer Adam Plantinga covers many of these things in his first book, 400 Things Cops Know: Street-Smart Lessons from a Veteran Patrolman.

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The final installment of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Unsolved podcast series was released Thursday. In its third season, reporter Gina Barton investigates the mysterious death of a somewhat controversial Catholic priest in small town Wisconsin 20 years ago.

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The United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County funds more than 200 programs at over 100 organizations and program partners around the region. And while each of those programs has an interesting story, the woman who directs the umbrella organization’s efforts has a story worth knowing as well.

From a humble upbringing in Waukesha to giving up corporate law for the nonprofit world, United Way CEO Amy Lindner's story is inspiring.

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Lawmakers in New Zealand are reportedly working to revise that country’s gun laws, following this month’s mass shootings at two mosques that killed at least fifty people and wounded others. It’s a story that has resulted in a worldwide conversation about white nationalism, gun violence, and how we talk about terrorism. 

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In recent years chronic homelessness has improved in Milwaukee, as fewer people are trying to survive out on the streets. But as with many social issues, there’s a more complicated story just beneath the surface.

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Plenty of TV shows and movies over the years have been the subject of fan fiction. Many of those adaptations take the characters as they are and place them in plotlines their original creators never dreamed of. James Boice’s new novel is not exactly that kind of fan fiction.

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The initial names have been announced for chefs and institutions being considered for the annual James Beard Awards. There are several Milwaukee chefs on that list. But Milwaukee Magazine’s first-ever "Best Chef" honoree is someone who already has a Beard award under his belt.

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's true crime series Unsolved explores cold cases from Wisconsin through both print reporting and an accompanying podcast. Its third season began earlier this year and features a two decade old crime in the small town of Dane, outside Madison. It looks at the murder of Alfred Kunz, a somewhat controversial Catholic priest that died in Dane in violent circumstances.

Pretzels for God, Pretzels for Lent

Mar 6, 2019
J. Paul Getty Museum open content program

Just in time for Lent, the Pretzel Podcast uncovers the details behind a 1970s movement that sought to harness the godly power of pretzels.  We meet writer and recovering anthropologist Shoshi Parks, who penned an article on the Pretzels for God movement for Gastro Obscura.  Plus, Michelle shares the story of her husband's first successful efforts to make high quality pretzels at home.  And on Crunch Time, Mitch and Michelle try Unique Pretzel's ne


In 2014, three major Milwaukee academic institutions were undergoing transitions to new leadership. But out of a state of flux, UW-Milwaukee, Milwaukee Area Technical College, and Milwaukee Public Schools began an alliance aimed at improving outcomes for students.

They created a network called M-cubed, with a mission of better aligning education so that students who start at MPS will have a smoother road leading to MATC, UWM, or both.