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.



Sun July 17, 2011
NPR Story

U.S. In World Cup Final

The United States plays in the finals of the women's World Cup soccer championship against Japan Sunday afternoon. As thrilling as the ride has been so far, the women on the team know that a great journey needs a great ending.

A short while before the World Cup tournament began, U.S. striker Abby Wambach was asked what it takes to win the World Cup. The 5'11 striker with more than 150 goals in international competition listed what the team will need.

"It's gonna take some guts," she said. "It's gonna take some luck, it's gonna take some skill, some goals, some defending."

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Tue July 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Sports Loses Its Escapist Gleam In A Summer Of Court Dates

Sport is a contract. Of course, sports are replete with contracts, from the billions of dollars that the NBA and NFL are currently at an impasse over, to the tiny print on the back of a ticket to a ballgame.

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Mon June 13, 2011

Mavericks Cool Heat Down, Win NBA Championship

The Dallas Mavericks have won their first NBA championship. They beat the Miami Heat 105-95 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals Sunday night in Miami.


Fri June 3, 2011

Game 2: Dallas Ties Miami 1-1 In NBA Final

The Dallas Mavericks staged a late comeback to take Game 2 of the NBA Finals over the Miami Heat Thursday night. Dirk Nowitski scored the Maverick's last nine points, including a lay-up to give them the lead with three seconds left.


Wed June 1, 2011

NBA's Miami Heat Win Game 1 Over Dallas Mavericks

The Miami Heat won Game 1 of the NBA championship series Tuesday night. The Heat defeated the Dallas Mavericks 92-84 in Miami to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.