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, December 15, 2020
Theo Epstein who took the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs to the World Series, acknowledges that his statistics-driven approach to building teams might make baseball boring to watch.
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Major League Baseball is back. Only this year, each team is scheduled to play 60 regular season games. The abbreviated schedule may affect the game more than any other sport.
Thursday, April 30, 2020
What are sports talk radio hosts talking about now that there are no sports being played? The same thing as everyone else: Coronavirus. Turns out, it's a pretty good fit for the format.
Sunday, February 02, 2020
Hey, did you know the Super Bowl is happening today? Of course you did. Grab some snacks — we're going to tell you what to look for in today's big game.
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Sports commentator Mike Pesca wonders whether Major League Baseball will modernize to attract a young audience, and how it will keep them for life.
Wednesday, May 01, 2019
Sports commentator Mike Pesca has his say on the unstoppability of Jeopardy! champion James Holzhauer.
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Mike Pesca on Baseball Opening Day.
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Sports commentator Mike Pesca opines on the high levels of discontent among the NBA's top players.
Friday, February 01, 2019
A look at the culture wars plaguing Super Bowl 53.
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.