Who Is Ira Glass? His Wife, Family, Net Worth, Podcast & Facts

Published Date: 22 Jul, 2020 Updated date: 22 Jul, 2020 By Daniel Roffer

The familiar voice on radio, Ira Glass is known for the popular podcast “This American Life.” In addition to his popularity, he has summoned a remarkable net worth from his media career.

Ira Glass is an American popular radio personality, who has been working in public radio for more than four decades. He is the creator, producer, and host of the popular public radio program and podcast “This American Life.”

Ira Glass Bio; Family, Education, Height

Ira Jeffrey Glass was born on 3 March 1959 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. He is the middle child of Jewish parents Barry Glass and Shirley Glass. Her father is a businessman and a founder of GlassJacobson Financial Group. Meanwhile, his mother Shirley (1936-2003) was a psychologist, who was known as “the godmother of infidelity research.”

The 6-foot-2-inch Glass grew up with an older sister, Randi Glass Murray, and a younger sister named Karen Glass. He attended Milford Mill High School in Baltimore County. There, he was involved in editorial roles as a member of the school’s yearbook and a co-editor of the student literary magazine.

After graduating from high school in 1977, he went to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Later, he was transferred to Brown University, where he graduated with an honors degree in semiotics in 1982.

His Career On Radio & Podcast

Ira started working in public radio at the age of 19 in 1978. He did his intern at National Public Radio’s headquarters in Washington, DC. Even after graduation, he continued working in NPR on various positions such as tape-cutter, desk assistant, newscast writer, editor, producer, reporter, and substitute host. Moreover, he contributed to NPR programs, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Talk of the Nation.

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In 1989, he moved to Chicago began to work as a reporter for NPR’s Chicago bureau. Later, in 1995, the MacArthur Foundation offered him to produce and host a radio show that would focus on Chicago-area writers and performers. He then Friday-night program named The Wild Room on WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. The program became an instant hit and the following year, he started hosting This American Life. His podcast has won numerous awards including Peabody Awards in 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014, and 2016. The program now broadcast on numerous public radio stations in the United States and internationally, and is also available as a free weekly podcast.


Apart from his radio work, Glass has contributed to numerous books and has appeared on the popular TV shows.

How Much Is Ira Glass’ Net Worth?

The veteran radio host has garnered astounding net worth from the decades of media career. He is likely to earn a six-figure salary from the radio host job.

Besides, he makes big earnings from his multiple ventures in the media work. As of now, he enjoys the net worth which is estimated in millions so far.

Married Life Ended In Divorce

The 61-year-old married writer and editor Anaheed Alani in August 2005. The duo dated for a while before their marriage and working on their relationship. Eventually, the pair separated, which he revealed on This American Life podcast in March 2017. His ex-wife Anaheed, 49 served as a story editor for Rookie magazine.

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Later, in April 2017, Ira filed for divorce from his wife after their 20 years of relationship. They do not have children and shared a pet dog named Piney.

His Dating Status Now

Ira is now enjoying a low-key relationship with his girlfriend for years. He often mentions his girlfriend on his interviews and podcast.


Previously, he was in a relationship with cartoonist Lynda Barry. Lynda, known for her 1988 illustrated novel The Good Times are Killing Me, is now married to Kevin Kawula, a prairie restoration expert.

Some Interesting Facts About Ira Glass

  • Ira and his This American Life team won the inaugural Pulitzer Prize for Audio Reporting in 2020.
  • He wanted to be an astronaut at an early age and his parents wanted him to be a doctor.
  • Time magazine named him magazine named Glass the “Best Radio Host in America” in 2001.
  • He is a producer of the 2018 Netflix movie Come Sunday.
  • His sister Karen serves as the Executive Vice President of Development at EveryWhere Studios in Los Angeles, California. She is a graduate of UCLA with a master’s degree in Marketing and Entertainment.
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