Perry Finelli

Perry Finelli

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
pfinelli@mpr.org

Perry Finelli is a newscaster at MPR News. He has won Associated Press awards for newscasting, news reporting and sports reporting. Finelli joined Minnesota Public Radio in 1986 as an anchor/reporter for stations in central Minnesota. He moved to St. Paul's Minnesota Public Radio headquarters in 1989 as the afternoon newscaster. In between stints as a newscaster, he has hosted all of Minnesota Public Radio's call-in and news magazine programs. He has also served as reporter and editor. Before coming to Minnesota Public Radio, Finelli was a news/sports reporter and anchor at KIMT-TV in Mason City, Iowa. Finelli is from Princeton, Minn. He graduated from St. Cloud State University with degrees in Radio/TV Broadcasting and Political Science and currently serves on the Alumni Advisory Board.

Perry Finelli Feature Archive

Michael Jackson Thriller
Thirty years ago today, Michael Jackson made music history by winning a record eight Grammy awards in one night. Most were for the album "Thriller" -- one of the most successful records of all time. But one of those Grammys was for something completely different. (02/28/2014)
The Minnesota Twins play their first spring training game of the year against another team Friday in Florida. The game against Boston will be the first taste of major league competition for some top Twins prospects. (02/28/2014)
Today's music is inspired by today's cold temperatures across Minnesota. It's called "Hot Fun." It's by renowned jazz compose and base player Stanley Clarke. He plays tonight at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. He's going perform his entire 1976 album, "School Days." "Hot Fun" was part of that hit album. And speaking of school, Stanley Clarke told NPR that he only picked up the bass because he showed up late on the day they were handing out instruments at school and all the ones he wanted were taken. So instead of the violin, flute, or saxophone, he picked up an accoustic bass that was sitting in the corner. Clarke says playing it was like trying to climb Mount Everest, and he's been climbing ever since. (02/27/2014)
"Wabash Cannonball" is an old folk song covered by Johnny Cash, who would have turned 82 today. (02/26/2014)
As the Republican National Convention ends, we talk to disgruntled Minnesota delegates, take a look at Mitt Romney's speech, and check in with the pundits and scratch our heads over Clint Eastwood. We've obtained emails showing that officials were slow to respond to the crisis at the St. Paul crime lab. Loggers tell us they're worried their industry is dying. And we ponder the meaning of 10,000 people showing up at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis for a cat video festival. (08/31/2012)
Ron Paul's Minnesota supporters didn't let a tropical storm stand in the way of a massive rally for their candidate in Tampa, Fla. A long, hot summer eased by air conditioning raises the question: Is cooling the house heating the planet? And, Best Buy founder Richard Schulze gets the go ahead for the next phase of his plan to buy back the company. All that and more on the MPR News Update. (08/27/2012)
The University of Minnesota will pay people $10 an hour to help dig out TCF Bank Stadium in time for Monday night's Vikings-Bears football game. (12/15/2010)
Kristi Curry Rogers, former curator of paleontology at the Science Museum of Minnesota, has been working for 10 years to try to identify the new species. (07/05/2010)
U.S. Sen. Al Franken is introducing a bill Thursday designed to protect gay students from discrimination and harassment. The measure would prohibit discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. (05/20/2010)
The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded Target Field silver-level certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. (04/08/2010)
St. Paul city officials are posting "no entry" signs and erecting fences around some popular ball fields at the Jimmy Lee Recreation Center. (03/19/2010)
Minnesota Public Radio News Economics Editor Chris Farrell looks ahead to the week on Wall St. and in the larger economy. (07/27/2009)
Today is supposed to be the day we hear from former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre about whether he'll join the Minnesota Vikings. At least one local sportswriter says, don't hold your breath. (07/24/2009)
Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Friday said President Barack Obama's proposal for health care reform will not save money. (07/24/2009)
For months, arts organizations around Minnesota have been talking about tight budgets. But is it possible for arts groups to cut themselves back to fiscal health? (07/22/2009)