• “This American Life” Host Ira Glass to Speak at Commencement

    By Amy Dunkin | Last updated on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Ira Glass, host and executive producer of PRI’s “This American Life,” will be the featured speaker at the Class of 2012 commencement on Dec. 13. The ceremony will take place at TheTimesCenter auditorium adjacent to the J-School on West 41st Street in Manhattan.

    Dean Stephen B. Shepard invited Glass at the suggestion of students.

    According to his “This American Life” biography, Glass started working in public radio in 1978, when he was 19, as an intern at National Public Radio’s headquarters in Washington DC. Over the next 17 years, he worked on nearly every NPR news show and did nearly every production job they had: tape-cutter, desk assistant, newscast writer, editor, producer, reporter, and substitute host.

    He spent a year in a high school for NPR, and a year in an elementary school, filing stories for “All Things Considered.” He moved to Chicago in 1989 and put “This American Life” on the air in 1995.