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.



Fri June 3, 2011

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

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.


Tue May 31, 2011

5 Years Later: Heat, Mavericks Meet Again In NBA Finals

Renee Montagne talks with NPR's Mike Pesca about the NBA Finals, which start Tuesday night. The Miami Heat takes on the Dallas Mavericks.


Thu May 26, 2011

A Correlation Between Age, Winning NBA Games?

The Dallas Mavericks are headed to the NBA Finals, thanks to their 4-1 series victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Throughout the series, the Thunder were young and athletic — the Mavs, old and ultimately successful.


Thu May 19, 2011
Money Counts: Young Adults And Financial Literacy

For Some Athletes, A Short-Lived Financial Success

In this era of home foreclosures and high unemployment, it's hard to sympathize with the professional athlete laid low by the high life. It seems almost impossible that an athlete making $5 million, $10 million, or, in the case of Derrick Coleman, $90 million over a career could lose all his money. Of course, many a now-bankrupt athlete also thought it impossible.

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Thu May 12, 2011

NBA Playoffs Will Go On Without Boston's Celtics

Originally published on Thu May 12, 2011 6:23 am



First, the Los Angeles Lakers lost in the NBA playoffs, and now the Boston Celtics are gone, after they lost a deciding game to Miami by 10 points.

NPR's Mike Pesca is tracking the fall of the pro basketball elites - and maybe the rise of some new ones.

Mike, good morning.

MIKE PESCA: Soon we'll be left with no one.

INSKEEP: Except for you, of course.

(Soundbite of laughter)

INSKEEP: It's kind of hard to beat the Heat when they've got LeBron James and he scores 33 points.

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Mon April 18, 2011

Unprecedented Upsets The Talk Of NBA Playoffs

The NBA playoffs got underway over the weekend. The No. 1 and No. 2 seeded teams in the West both lost their opening games. That hasn't happened since the NBA went to the current playoff format.