Jimmy Hirschfeld Biography
Jimmy Hirschfeld (born January 9, 1929) is a television director and producer known for his work on Captain Kangaroo and Picturepages. In 1951, Hirschfeld took a job as a stagehand with WCAU-TV under Bill Bode where he eventually worked his way up to Assistant Director.
In 1954, he became a staff director (under John Facenda) and then producer and director for the “Shock Theater” which starred John Zacherle. Hirschfeld was also the director numerous WCAU-TV documentaries and for shows produced by Gene London and Jane Norman’s Pixanne telecasts.
He directed various shows during his career including the Philadelphia segments of the CBS Thanksgiving Parade (1959 to 1979); the annual Philadelphia Orchestra Concerts series (1960 to 1989) and; NFL Football broadcasts for CBS (which owned WCAU-TV at the time) from 1960 to 1980. In 1967, WCAU-TV named him Program Manager and Executive Producer; and in 1971, he was named Program Director.
In 1973, he moved to New York City where he was the producer of CBS-TV’s Captain Kangaroo. In 1978, he moved to Los Angeles where he worked for CBS-TV as the producer of the Mary Tyler Moore Comedy Hour.
In 1979, he became the director of “Bill Cosby’s Picturepages also for CBS-TV; and in 1981, he returned to Captain Kangaroo serving as Director and Executive Producer for CBS-TV and then PBS.
Hirschfeld has won 3 Emmy Awards for Captain Kangaroo (1978, 1983, and 1984); and won the 1981 Gold Award at the International Film and TV Festival for “Picturepages.” On November 22, 2013, he was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia’s “Hall of Fame.”
Jimmy Hirschfeld Age
Jimmy Hirschfeld. Jimmy Hirschfeld (born January 9, 1929) is a television director and producer known for his work on Captain Kangaroo and Picturepages. He is 90 years old as of 2019
Jimmy Hirschfeld Wife, Marriage, Family
Hirschfeld was married to Janet Susan Rubner at Rodeph Shalom Synagogue in Philadelphia; their daughter is CNN political analyst Julie Hirschfeld Davis. His wife died in 1998.
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Julie Hirschfeld Davis (born April 17, 1975) is an award-winning American journalist who covers Congress for The New York Times and is a political analyst for CNN. She was previously a White House correspondent.
Davis was born on April 17, 1975, to parents Janet (née Rubner) and Jimmy Hirschfeld in Englewood, New Jersey. She attended the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York, where she became the editor of The Fieldston News in her junior year, and later received a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University in 1997.
Davis’ first foray into journalism came aged 10, when she interviewed the hot dog man on the corner in front of her elementary school for a feature for her after-school program, but her first proper role came after she graduated from Yale and secured an internship at the Washington bureau of The Dallas Morning News in 1998.
She continued to cover Capitol Hill as a senior writer at Congressional Quarterly until 2002 when she was for the first time appointed White House correspondent for The Baltimore Sun. Davis switched to being a political reporter in 2007 for the Associated Press, and then in 2011, for Bloomberg.
In 2009, she won the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress for her coverage of the federal response to the 2008 Financial Crisis.
Davis became a White House correspondent for The New York Times in 2014, ahead of the 2016 US Presidential Election. She was appointed Congressional correspondent for The Times in 2018. She is a regular political analyst at CNN but has also appeared on MSNBC.
In 2018, Davis appeared in the fly-on-the-wall documentary “The Fourth Estate”, released by Showtime, which focused on The Times’ coverage of the first year of the Donald J. Trump administration.
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