Mike Pesca is a reporter who has covered economics, politics and the arts during his tenure at National Public Radio. He is currently NPR's Sports Correspondent.
As such he's covered the Super Bowl, the World Series, the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the NCAA basketball tournament, the World's Strongest Man competition and the World Series of Poker. He's covered both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates, and the resignation of the governors of New York (prostitute), Connecticut (corruption), and New Jersey ("I am a gay American"). Mike went undercover to test New York's gourmet cupcakes, interviewed the puppet "Lamb chop" in a report on sock tariffs, and penned a song about New Jersey political corruption.
Pesca, whose writing has appeared in Slate and the Washington Post, is the winner of the Edward R. Murrow award for best radio feature and the 1993 Emory University Softball official of the year. He lives in Manhattan with his wife Robin, sons Milo and Emmett, and their dog, Rumsfeld. Prior to working on the National Desk at NPR, Mike was a reporter on the NPR show Day to Day, a reporter-at-large for the program On the Media, and filled in as host of The Bryant Park Project, Talk of the Nation, On the Media, The Brian Lehrer Show, and The Leonard Lopate Show. His first job in radio was as an intern on New York & Co, which came to be known as The Leonard Lopate Show.
Mike Pesca appears in the following:
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Baseball season is in full swing and if someone takes you out to a ball game, you'll likely ask them to buy you some peanuts and Cracker Jack. Before you place your order, you should know what you're in for.
Thursday, February 06, 2014
We're building a listener-powered guide for who to watch at the Sochi Olympics, starting with Friday's opening ceremonies. If you have a favorite athlete, from any country, tell us why you're rooting for them and why others should care too. Mike Pesca, NPR sports correspondent and panelist on Slate's Hang Up and Listen, helps take you suggestions and discusses his favorite story lines.
Sunday, February 02, 2014
Ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl XLVIII, NPR's Mike Pesca dams up the river of hype to create a cool lagoon of Super Bowl reason.
Friday, January 31, 2014
We hear the story behind the Super Bowl Shuffle -- and a brand new all-star remake. Plus, a look at other famous examples of athletes who've decided to make a go at a musical career.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
This week's Thursday Night Football features two teams that are as far from great as you can get. The Houston Texas face the Jacksonville Jaguars. It may just be the worst matchup of the year.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Yesterday, Alex Rodriguez stormed out of his arbitration hearing after being informed that Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig would not be testifying in the case over his use of performance enhancing drugs. Later, a lawyer for Rodriguez told WFAN's Mike Francesa that "there is no legal forum in the United States where a man doesn't get to face his accusers." NPR's Mike Pesca discusses whether A-Rod has a point, and whether Selig should have to state baseball's case in person.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Mike Pesca and Josh Levin, who host (along with Stefan Fatsis) Slate’s “Hang Up and Listen” podcast, talk about the Jets, the World Series, the Giants, head trauma, the Nets, Knicks, soccer, hazing in the NFL, the best sports book ever written, and anything else sports-wise.
Friday, November 08, 2013
The Miami Dolphins remain at the center of a scandal over allegations that Richie Incognito bullied fellow teammate Jonathan Martin. Martin walked away from the team last weekend citing harassment from Incognito, and Incognito was suspended from the team while the NFL investigates.
Friday, November 08, 2013
The alleged bullying of Miami Dolphin Jonathan Martin by teammate Richie Incognito made headlines this week. Unlike the bullying stories the media usually report on, this case didn't involve teenagers on social media, and the narrative wasn't so clear cut. Brooke speaks with NPR sports correspondent Mike Pesca about how the story evolved throughout the week.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
The National Football League is investigating reports of harassment by members of the Miami Dolphins. The team suspended lineman Richie Incognito indefinitely for "conduct detrimental to the team." That conduct is tied to allegations of continued harassment made by teammate Jonathan Martin, who abruptly left the team last week.
Monday, November 04, 2013
Miami Dolphins linebacker Richie Incognito was suspended Sunday after the team and the NFL said they were investigating bullying and abuse allegations made by his teammate. Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin left the team last week on a leave of absence.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
The Boston Red Sox clinched the World Series title with a 6-1 win at home Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
The World Series moves to Boston for game six, and the Red Sox are one win away from the title. It has been a team effort to get to this point, but the one player in particular stands out: first baseman and designated hitter David "Big Papi" Ortiz.
Friday, October 25, 2013
The St. Louis Cardinals evened the World Series with a 4-2 win at Fenway against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
In last night's game one of the World Series, umpires changed an out call at second base. Instead of a possible inning-ending double play, the Boston Red Sox went on to score three runs and eventually beat the St. Louis Cardinals.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
David Greene talks to NPR's Mike Pesca about this year's World Series, which starts Wednesday night in Boston.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
The International Olympic committee (IOC) has elected a new president, Thomas Bach of Germany. He assumes leadership of an organization that faces criticism over politics, costs and what some view as its insular approach to which sports are offered during the games. The new president succeeds Jacques Rogge, who lead the IOC for 12 years.
Friday, September 06, 2013
The International Olympic Committee is meeting in Buenos Aires this weekend. They'll select a host city for 2020, determine which sports will be included in those games and will choose a new president.
Friday, August 30, 2013
The college football season got under way Thursday night. In one game, Presbyterian College lost to Wake Forest 31-7. That result was not a surprise. Presbyterian is the smallest football school in Division I. Every year, lower-level Division I schools make a lot of money losing to larger and richer schools.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Clint Dempsey has returned to Major League Soccer, playing his first game for his new home team the Seattle Sounders over the weekend. Dempsey was very successful playing in the English Premier League — and is not worried that his skill will fall off playing in the U.S.