Ira Flatow Biography
Ira Flatow is a radio and television journalist and author who hosts Public Radio International’s popular program, Science Friday. On TV, he hosted the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Newton’s Apple. Its a television science program for children and their families.
Later he hosted the program Big Ideas(also a PBS series) and has published several books, the most recent titled Present at the Future: From Evolution to Nanotechnology, Candid and Controversial Conversations on Science and Nature.
Ira Flatow Age
Ira Flatow was born in New York City, United States on March 7, 1949. As 0f 2019, he is 70 years of age.
Ira Flatow Family
Flatow was born and raised in New York. He attended and graduated from State University of New York at Buffalo with a BS in Engineering in 1971.
More information about his family is not known yet.
Ira Flatow Wife
He is a married man. He tied the knot to realtor Miriam Flatow (née Wagenberg) since 1983. Together they have three children. Currently, he and his lovely family reside in Connecticut.
Ira Flatow Career
In 1965, Flatow began his career in broadcasting working in television at KHD-21 TV at H. Frank Carey High School in Franklin Square, New York. In 1969, he began working in radio at WBFO, in Buffalo, New York. First, he worked as a reporter covering Vietnam anti-war demonstrations and riots and then as news director, 1971.
During this time, he was working on an engineering degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His first science stories were created in 1970 during the first Earth Day.
National Public Radio(NPR)
From 1971 to 1986, he was on staff at NPR serving as a production assistant, associate producer, producer and science correspondent. Additionally, he reported on topics including the Kennedy Space Center, Three Mile Island, HIV/AIDS and the South Pole. From 1991-2013 he hosted Science Friday for NPR, which he anchored each Friday afternoon, discussing topics in science and technology.
PRI, Public Radio International
On January 1, 2014, the Science Friday program moved from NPR to PRI (Public Radio International) with Flatow continuing as host. The radio program airs from the City University of New York CUNY Graduate Center studios.
From 1982 through 1987 he hosted the Emmy Award-winning PBS science program Newton’s Apple, which originated at KTCA in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1991, he wrote and reported science and technology for CBS News’ CBS This Morning. He has discussed cutting-edge science on a number of programs, including the Cablevision program Maximum Science.
He hosted the PBS series Big Ideas produced by WNET. His TV credits include science reporter for CBS This Morning, Westinghouse, and cable’s CNBC. Furthermore, he wrote, produced and hosted an hour-long documentary about the history of the transistor called Transistorized!, which aired on PBS.
He has talked about science on a number of TV shows including The Merv Griffin Show, Today, Charlie Rose, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He has written three books that popularize topics in science and technology: Rainbows, Curveballs, and Other Wonders of the Natural World Explained, They All Laughed… From Light Bulbs to Lasers: The Fascinating Stories Behind the Great Inventions That Have Changed Our Lives, and Present at the Future: From Evolution to Nanotechnology, Candid and Controversial Conversations on Science and Nature.
Flatow is founder and president of the Science Friday Initiative (previously TalkingScience) a non-profit company dedicated to creating radio, TV, and Internet projects aimed at making science user-friendly.
In 2009, he had a voice cameo appearance as himself on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory in “The Vengeance Formulation” (season 3, episode 9). In the episode, Flatow interviews Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) on his research on magnetic monopoles. He was given a co-star credit.
In 2012, He was referenced in the 3rd season Archer episode, Skin Game, by title character Sterling Archer.
In 2013, he appears as himself in person for another guest-star appearance on The Big Bang Theory, interviewing Dr. Sheldon Cooper and Dr. Leonard Hofstadter on Science Friday about Cooper’s failed discovery in “The Discovery Dissipation” (season 7, episode 10).
In 2017, once again he appeared on The Big Bang Theory interviewing Leonard Hofstadter for “Science Friday” (Season 11, Episode 2).
In 2014, Flatow settled a dispute with the federal government over a federal grant from the National Science Foundation. He did not admit any wrongdoing and he and his company settled with the government for a fee of about $146,000. He and ScienceFriday, Inc., were barred from future federal grants for one year, ending in 2015.
Ira Flatow Net Worth
Ira Flatow is a radio and television journalist and author whose net worth has grown significantly. His Journalism Career is his primary source of income. Currently, his net worth is estimated to be around $4 Million.