Mike Pesca

Mike Pesca first reached the airwaves as a 10-year-old caller to a New York Jets-themed radio show and has since been able to parlay his interests in sports coverage as a National Desk correspondent  for NPR based in New York City.

Pesca enjoys training his microphone on anything that occurs at a track, arena, stadium, park, fronton, velodrome or air strip (i.e. the plane drag during the World's Strongest Man competition). He has reported from Los Angeles, Cleveland and Gary. He has also interviewed former Los Angeles Ram Cleveland Gary. Pesca is a panelist on the weekly Slate podcast “Hang up and Listen”.

In 1997, Pesca began his work in radio as a producer at WNYC. He worked on the NPR and WNYC program On The Media. Later he became the New York correspondent for NPR's midday newsmagazine Day to Day, a job that has brought him to the campaign trail, political conventions, hurricane zones and the Manolo Blahnik shoe sale. Pesca was the first NPR reporter to have his own podcast, a weekly look at gambling cleverly titled “On Gambling with Mike Pesca.”

Pesca, whose writing has appeared in Slate and The Washington Post, is the winner of two Edward R. Murrow awards for radio reporting and, in1993, was named Emory University Softball Official of the Year.

He lives in Manhattan with his wife Robin, sons Milo and Emmett and their dog Rumsfeld. A believer in full disclosure, Pesca rates his favorite teams as the Jets, Mets, St. Johns Red Storm and Knicks, teams he has covered fairly and without favor despite the fact that they have given him a combined one championship during his lifetime as a fully cognizant human.



Wed October 19, 2011

Cardinals, Rangers Face Off In World Series

This year's World Series match-up puts the St. Louis Cardinals against the Texas Rangers. If history is any guide, there's only a small chance the series will go to seven games.


Thu September 22, 2011

'Moneyball' Is More Than Just Baseball Stats

The movie Moneyball opens Friday. Based on the Michael Lewis book, it focuses on the rise of advanced statistical analysis in Major League Baseball.


Fri September 9, 2011

Australian Wins Surfing Competition

Australian Owen Wright won the first pro-surfing competition held in New York. Wright beat out Kelly Slater, a ten-time world champion surfer, for the $300,000 prize.


Thu August 18, 2011

Good Guys, Bad Boys Loved By Fans When They Win

Let's examine our mixed feelings about athletes and their public personas. Fans tend to like it when nice guys do well but they don't really mind when bad guys succeed. When it comes down to it, we just like winners.


Mon July 18, 2011

World Cup: U.S. Loses To Japan On Penalty Kicks

Originally published on Mon July 18, 2011 2:00 am



Some other news. The World Cup Soccer final brought a portion of America to a halt yesterday. People watched at home and in bars.


They howled as the U.S. Women's team just missed some early shots.

INSKEEP: They cheered as the U.S. twice pulled ahead.

KELLY: And then many fell silent as Japan came back and finally made more of the penalty kicks that decided a tie game.

INSKEEP: NPR's Mike Pesca was in Frankfort, Germany for the contest.

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