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:
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
Commentator Mike Pesca, host of Slate magazine's podcast The Gist, wishes NFL coaches would stop playing it safe. He says avoiding risk is still the default for coaches.
Thursday, November 08, 2018
Supreme Court justices hear a lawsuit against the country of Sudan brought by victims of an attack against the USS Cole in 2000. The case hinges on whether the notice was sent to the correct address.
Thursday, November 08, 2018
Commentator Mike Pesca, host of Slate's daily podcast The Gist, who offers his take on the Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden.
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
Commentator Mike Pesca talks about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garappolo and news about a date he went on.
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Commentator Mike Pesca ponders which fan base deserves to win hockey's championship more: the Vegas Golden Knights in their first season, or the Washington Capitals, who've never won in 43 years.
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Mike Pesca, host of Slate's The Gist, imagines how the world might have been different if a given player, game, or moment just went the other way.
Friday, May 25, 2018
A new book by Slate's Mike Pesca looks at the great hypotheticals in sports history.
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Sports commentator Mike Pesca opines on millennials and personality conflicts in the NFL.
Wednesday, March 07, 2018
As March Madness approaches, sports commentator Mike Pesca opines on the absurdity of the way the NCAA deals with fraud and scandal.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Commentator Mike Pesca says watching football is no longer just glorious enjoyment of fantastic plays. With the NFL's frequent use of instant replay, it's become an exercise in scrutiny and doubt.
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
Mike Pesca opines on the benching of Eli Manning and the subsequent firing of Giants Coach Ben McAdoo.
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Commentator Mike Pesca talks about the strategy behind some pro sports franchises that go through "rebuilding" seasons of frequent losing, and the pitfalls for fans.
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
Commentator Mike Pesca talks about President Trump's attack on NFL players who kneel during the national anthem and his claim about the NFL rapidly losing viewers.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Sportscaster Bob Wolff is believed to be the only announcer to call a championship game in all four major sports. He died on Saturday at the age of 96.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is looking to his career after politics. Commentator Mike Pesca has his take on Christie's turn as a sports radio host.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Commentator Mike Pesca has some advice about how to watch the Final Four of the NBA playoffs. Here's a hint: don't watch the ball.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Mike Pesca, host of The Gist podcast, says James Harden of the Houston Rockets should get basketball's MVP trophy this year.
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Commentator Mike Pesca thinks the popularity of March Madness, the NCAA's annual basketball tournament, has less to do the game and a lot do to with the structure.
Friday, December 30, 2016
This episode we look at a high profile sporting event where, thanks to a quirk in the tournament rules, the best shot at winning was … to lose.
Sunday, October 09, 2016
Rachel Martin and Mike Pesca of Slate's The Gist podcast talk about the trend of under-performing pitchers in baseball's post-season.