Eleanor S. Fischer ’59 was a foreign correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the founder of National Public Radio’s New York office. She passed away on August 7, 2008, at the age of 73.
Fischer attended the High School of Music and Art in New York City, where she became an accomplished classical pianist. She received a degree in political science from Cornell University before graduating from Columbia Law School in 1959.
Fischer began her career as a lawyer practicing civil rights law, poverty law, and criminal law. But in the late 1960s, she left the legal profession to join the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Fischer covered the Israeli Six-Day War and produced radio documentaries on Paul Robeson, Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert Frost, among others. Then, in the early 1970s, she opened the New York City office of NPR, where she continued to produce radio features.
Throughout her adult life, Fischer was active in Democratic reform circles in
New York City and New York state. She was a devoted Mets fan and read
The New York Times every day. She will always be remembered for her lucid, inquiring mind and lively sense of humor, as well her vast contributions to the fields of law and journalism.