Meet MPR newscasters Perry Finelli, John Wanamaker and Phil Picardi

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Newscasters (left to right) Perry Finelli, John Wanamaker and Phil Picardi at MPR News in St. Paul on Tuesday.
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MPR News broadcasts 24 local newscasts every weekday. If you’re a regular listener to MPR News you probably recognize the voices of the newscasters. The news service broadcasts local newscasts every weekday, live at the top and the bottom of most hours.

MPR News host Angela Davis goes behind the scenes with several of MPR’s longest serving newscasters.

Hear how they got into radio, what they enjoy doing when they’re not behind the mic, and what it was like to be on the air live during some of the biggest stories of the past few decades.  


  • Phil Picardi is a newscaster with MPR News. He’s been in broadcasting for 25-plus years, doing public radio news in Missouri, Virginia, Wisconsin, and for the past decade, Minnesota.

  • John Wanamaker has been a newscaster with MPR News since 2009. He previously worked as a reporter and newscaster with WCCO/CBS and Wisconsin Public Radio.

  • Perry Finelli has been a newscaster at MPR News for 37 years. He has also hosted all of Minnesota Public Radio's call-in and news magazine programs.

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