Ira Jefferey Glass, born in 1959, is a popular American public radio and TV personality. What made him globally famous is his work as a producer and host on the show ‘This American Life. He has been able to receive great awards for his phenomenal work. Some of his other popular works are ‘All Things Considered, ‘Morning Edition, ‘Talk of the Nation’.
Quick Facts About Ira Glass
|Full Name||Ira Jeffrey Glass|
|Date of Birth||March 3, 1959|
|Birth Place||Baltimore, Maryland, United States|
|Age||63 years old.|
|Education||Brown University, Northwestern University|
|Parents||Shirley Glass and Barry Glass|
|Siblings||Karen Glass and Randi Glass Murray|
|Spouse||Anaheed Alani (ex-wife)|
|Height||1.88m (6 feet 1 inch)|
|Hair Color||Dark Brown|
|Career||Radio and TV Personality|
|Net Worth||Approx. 4 million US Dollars|
Ira Glass’s Age
Ira was born in March 3, 1959 in Maryland, United States. He is currently 63 years old. According to astrologers, he is a pisces (zodiac sign).
Family and Personal Details
Born in March 1959, Ira was raised up in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. His parents are Shirley Glass and Barry Glass. Ira also had two sisters, one younger and one elder, named Karen Glass and Randi Glass Murray respectively. Glass always aimed to be an astronaut as a child whilst his parents wished that he would pursue his career as a doctor. He grew up in a Jewish family but at current times, he is an atheist. Moreover, he was into comedy and theatres as well. As a teenager, he became a magician. But in the entertainment field, he started as a radio announcer.
As a child, he attended Milford High School, located in his hometown Baltimore. He was an active member of the school’s yearbooks, magazines, and drama club. He performed several stage dramas and productions. Some major roles he played was of ‘George Brackett’, ‘Lowe’, and ‘Bud Fump’. Glass had a mindset that his way and thinking of Journalism is highly influenced by the musicals he used to watch as a child.
During his high school days, he also wrote jokes and comedies for Baltimore radio personality Johnny Walker. He was an enthusiast overall.
After completing high school, Glass attended Northwestern University. It was located in Evanston, Illinois. There too, he used to be involved more in radio programs and radio stations.
Then, to gain a degree in Semiotics, he shifted to Brown University. He graduated around 1982.
Ira Glass’s Ex-girlfriends and Relationship Status
Ira is currently single. However, at past times, Glass dated Lynda Barry who is a famous cartoonist and author, well-known for ‘Ernie Pook’s Comeek Fame’. Things did not quite work out between them, so separated their paths ways.
Later, in August 2005, Ira married Anaheed Alani who is a writer and editor. However, things did not work out between them as well, so they got divorced in 2017. They don’t have children together but had a pet dog named ‘Piney’.
Ira Glass’s career started in 1978 when he worked as an unpaid intern at National Public Radio’s Network, located in Washington, DC. He was a 19-year-old teen back then. Later after working for several years, he finally upgraded to becoming the production assistant to Keith Talbot.
Glass served at NPR for almost 17 years and hosted many programs like ‘Morning Edition’, All Things Considered’, etc. These shows gave a boost to his career. Then, he finally developed or co-founded the famous show ‘This American Life’ in 1996 after he was given a grant by a foundation. The show gained popularity overnight and thousands of people listened to it. It even got honored with several awards and worldwide recognition.
Other than radio works, Ira has been involved in many different sectors as well. He has worked as a print author and collaborated with comic books and writers. Glass has even worked with ‘Warner Bros’. Additionally, he has produced films such as ‘Unaccompanied Minors’, ‘Sleepwalk With Me’ and many more.
Through all the hard work, commitment and contribution, Ira Glass has managed to achieve a great name and fame and has paved his own unique way to become what he is now.
Awards and Achievements
Ira has been honored with several awards till now for his great contribution to the industry. Some of his awards are:
- Edward Murrow Award (2009)
- Gold Award (2009)
- Third Audio Film Festival
- George Polk Award (2011)
- Pulitzer Prize for Audio Reporting
Ira Glass’ Height and Physical Appearance
The award-winning radio personality stands 188 cm tall. i.e. 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs around 84 kilograms. Ira has a positive vibe that he spreads with his charming personality and smile. The color of his eyes is brown that perfectly suits his dark brown hair.
Ira Glass’s Net Worth
Ira Glass is estimated to have a whopping net worth of approximately 4 million US Dollars. We can say that his hard work and commitment paid off quite well. The primary source of his income is undoubtedly his profession as a TV and Radio personality. Besides this, his appearances on different shows, his writing, and his skills as a producer also help in enhancing his economy. He is one of the wealthiest people in the world.