Phil Picardi

Phil Picardi

Newscaster/Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
ppicardi@mpr.org

Phil Picardi is a newscaster for MPR News, and occasionally fills in as Morning Edition host when Cathy Wurzer is away. He also produces the MPR News Update, a daily podcast summarizing the top stories of the day. His duties include compiling, writing and delivering newscasts, and writing news banner headlines and news stories for air later in the day. He's been in broadcasting for 25-plus years, doing public radio news in Missouri, Virginia, Wisconsin, and now, for the past decade, here in Minnesota. Phil grew up in St. Louis, MO and graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He reads non-fiction and knows all kinds of obscure facts about the American Civil War. He also watches way too much football. Phil likes most musical genres but cannot carry a tune or remember lyrics.

Phil Picardi Feature Archive

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Giving Voice Chorus gives Alzheimer's patients and their caretakers a chance to thrive. Those suffering from Alzheimer's often retain the ability to sing. MPR News' Cathy Wurzer and Phil Picardi provide this story on the Giving Voice Chorus. (12/05/2014)
Giving Voice choir
Giving Voice Chorus gives Alzheimer's patients and their caretakers a chance to thrive. Those suffering from Alzheimer's often retain the ability to sing. (12/04/2014)
An artist rendering of the new Vikings stadium
It has been tough week for the Minnesota Vikings brand. (09/18/2014)
MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with reporter Tim Nelson about the one-time MVP and his team. (09/18/2014)
Today's Morning Edition music is the song "Someday" from the new Eric Clapton album "The Breeze: An Appreciation of J.J. Cale" which comes out today. (07/29/2014)
The Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 at Target Field yesterday. (07/28/2014)
75 years ago today, Judy Garland recorded "Over the Rainbow." This version was released as a single and is different than the performance used in "The Wizard of Oz" which was released a month later. (07/28/2014)
Wednesday's Morning Edition music is Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin performing "Spirit in the Dark" live at the San Francisco's Filmore West Auditorium in 1971. (07/09/2014)
On this day in 1954, Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips played a new song on the radio for the first time -- it was the music of Elvis Presley. (07/08/2014)
Mark Anfinson spoke with Phil Picardi on the MPR News show Morning Edition about the case. He's a Twin Cities attorney and adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas, who specializes in First Amendment and media law (07/08/2014)
Two Minnesota Twins players were named to the All-Star roster. (07/07/2014)
Thirty years ago today, Bruce Springsteen hit No. 1 in the U.S. with the song "Born in the USA." (07/07/2014)
The Minnesota Orchestra today released a jam-packed 2014-15 season, its first full season since ending a lockout of musicians. The season will feature a slew of world class visiting performers, a number of musical series, and a completion of the Sibelius recording cycle halted by the recent lockout. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio news reporter Euan Kerr, who talked to Music Director Osmo Vanska about the upcoming season. (06/13/2014)
It's turning out to be quite the year for black flies. Up north, loons are abandoning their eggs. They're fleeing the insects attacking them at their nests. Black fly counts are up too in the metro area. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Mike McLean, who's with the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District, about the matter. (06/12/2014)
Like Minnesota's Hmong population, many have moved from refugee camps in Thailand. There are now estimated to be more than 7,000 Karen people living in the St. Paul metro area -- more than double their population just four years ago. (06/10/2014)