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.
This weekend, Ohio State beat Syracuse and Louisville stunned the Florida Gators in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
With a win Friday night against Indiana, the University of Kentucky Wildcats moved into the elite 8 of the NCAA basketball tournament. Kentucky has plenty of talent assembled, overseen by coach John Calipari.
The NFL came down like a ton of bricks on the New Orleans Saints, suspending head coach Sean Payton for the entire 2012 season over payments to players for injuring opponents. Also reported Thursday, quarterback phenom Tim Tebow is headed to the New York Jets from Denver, where Peyton Manning is taking his place.
The Sweet Sixteen is set in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, and there are few surprises: All but two teams are from power conferences.
NPR's Mike Pesca has a recap of Friday's NCAA tournament action, in rhyme.