Biographical Information

Dates: 1947-
Dates in Ridgefield: 1990s-present

poet, author, weather reporter, actor, Emmy Award recipient, college professor

Ira Joe Fisher has been a TV weather reporter with a difference. The Buffalo-born journalist majored in Russian and drama, became a Texas radio disk jockey, wrote for a Spokane magazine, and eventually went to work as a weather and feature reporter for a Cincinnati TV station, winning two Emmys there for his writing. He moved to WABC-TV in New York in 1983, served as a weatherman and feature reporter and worked with Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford on Live with Regis and Kathie. He switched to WNBC for a while, and from 1999 to 2006 was the weather reporter for CBS’s Saturday Early Show. Mr. Fisher has also flirted with the stage: He performed off-Broadway in The Fantastics in 1996 and has appeared on the ABC daytime drama, Loving; appeared in the feature film California Girls; and the Broadway production of The Prince and the Pauper. However, in Ridgefield, to which he and his wife Sherry moved in the 1990s, he is well known as an emcee, volunteering his services for many fund-raising auctions and dinners. Mr. Fisher is also well-known as a poet and poetry lecturer and has given several lectures at the library on such topics as the nature of poetry and Robert Frost ("Frost is my god, my poetry god … He's just a wonderful home base for poetry."). He does readings of his own work, too. "Every day, I think, all of us see poetry," he told a library gathering in 1998. "Some of us are moved to make poetry out of what we see." Fisher frequently teaches at Pace University and the University of Connecticut.

Songs From an Earlier Century, 2009
Some Holy Weight in the Village Air, Air 2006
Remembering Rew: Poems, 2004
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