Mike Pesca

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:

True Confessions Of A Ballpark Food Vendor

Monday, May 11, 2015

What's the worst gig in the ballpark? What's the best way to eat peanuts in the shell? We explore baseball foods with a former Shea Stadium food vendor and a North Carolina peanut man.

Is Free Office Coffee More Valuable Than Healthcare?

Monday, March 30, 2015

Slate's Mike Pesca and I discuss what you can tell about a workplace based on the kitchen. Then I offer Mike a detailed critique of his sandwich construction methods.

"Ebola: What It Is"

Friday, October 10, 2014

Inspired by CNN's chyron "Ebola: The ISIS of Biological Agents?" photographer and novelist Teju Cole wrote about what else cable news thinks Ebola might be.

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Eat Me Some Peanuts and Cracker Jack

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Baseball season is in full swing and if you're eating peanuts and Cracker Jack, you should know what you're in for. 

Who to Watch In Sochi: A Crowdsourced Guide to the Olympics

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.

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5 Points To Help Simplify Sunday's Super Bowl

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.


When Athletes Sing: The 'Super Bowl Shuffle' And Other Greatest Hits

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. 

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NFL Thursday Matchup: 2 Losing Teams Will Still Get Ratings

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.


A-Rod Storms Out

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.

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Monday Afternoon Quarterbacking

Monday, November 11, 2013

Mike Pesca and Josh Levin talk all things sports!

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Bullying Scandal Continues To Embroil Miami Dolphins

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 cit...


The Ever Changing NFL Bullying Story

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.

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NFL To Probe Culture Of Hazing, Harassment

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...


Miami Suspends Player As NFL Investigates Bullying Allegations

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 o...


Red Sox Win World Series In Boston

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.

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Boston's 'Big Papi' Shines In World Series

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...


World Series Now Tied At One Game Apiece

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.


Reversed Call Gives Sox Opening To Win World Series Game One

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 ru...


What To Watch For In The World Series

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

David Greene talks to NPR's Mike Pesca about this year's World Series, which starts Wednesday night in Boston.


New Head Of Olympic Committee Faces A Number Of Challenges

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 w...