Ira Glass ( born March 3, 1959 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American producer and radio presenter. He studied at Northwestern University in Evanston and at Brown University in Providence, where he graduated in 1982 in semiotics. His broadcasting career began as an intern at the Glass radio network National Public Radio. He later worked as a reporter and presenter for various programs. Glass invited David Sedaris one to make his essays on NPR, thus establishing Sedaris ' success as an independent author.
Since 1995, he moderated and produced the award-winning radio program This American Life. It reaches more than 1.7 million listeners on more than 500 stations, with an average listening time of 48 minutes.
The composer Philip Glass is a cousin of his father.