Sara Fishko

Sara Fishko is an Executive Producer and Host at WNYC, specializing in culture.

Her long-running series Fishko Files has become a staple of WNYC’s cultural programming, tackling a broad range of subjects, from a portrait of media guru Marshall McLuhan, to a meditation on the Symbolist painting  “Isle of the Dead,” to a consideration of the future of film criticism.  The pieces run on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as Studio 360 and On The Media.

Fishko produced and hosted the ten-part Jazz Loft Project Radio Series, derived from a treasure trove of archival tapes recorded by  photographer W. Eugene Smith in his dilapidated Manhattan home in a loft building in the 1950s and 60s. The series, which ran on WNYC and NPR, later became four special programs known as The Jazz Loft Anthology.  

She has also made compelling hour-long programs featuring interviews with and performances by Keith Jarrett, Dave Brubeck, Ned Rorem and others. Her special program Culture Shock 1913 is a spirited telling of the history and development of Modernist art and culture in the early years of the 20th century.

Sara Fishko has won multiple awards from RTNDA (Edward R. Murrow Award), The Deadline Club, The Newswomen’s Club of New York (Front Page Award), The Associated Press and The New York Press Club. She received a Deems Taylor Award from ASCAP for the Jazz Loft series, and was selected as a USC/Annenberg Arts Journalism Fellow in 2003 and 2011.

Her blog Fishko Now and Then is about culture now and culture then, and it appears…now and then.




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Sara Fishko appears in the following:

The First New York Fashion Week

Thursday, February 11, 2016

It's the 73rd year of Fashion Week and WNYC's Sara Fishko has the story of a savvy publicist who founded a commercial institution.  


Moran on Monk

Thursday, February 04, 2016

According to pianist Jason Moran, the legacy of Thelonious Monk's — and his influence on modern music — is alive and well.


Lives into Art

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Oscars are full of movies based on real people - but how do you condense a whole life into art?


The Other Juno

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The short-lived Broadway musical ‘Juno’ is a flop remembered over fifty years later for its powerful score and still-relevant source material.



Thursday, January 14, 2016

Being labeled a virtuoso is an unparalleled honor. It also has surprising complications, as WNYC's Sara Fishko explains.


Cliburn Takes Moscow

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Classical musicians aren't often greeted like movie stars, but that's just what happened when Van Cliburn returned from Moscow in 1958.


Jazz Soundtrack

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Music in movies was mostly "seen and not heard" until jazz styles breathed new life into film soundtracks.


Charles Boyer

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Seventy years ago actor Charles Boyer's compelling continental style established a lasting film "type". WNYC's Sara Fishko looks back at his unlikely story.


Lalo Schifrin

Thursday, December 17, 2015

There's much more to film composer Lalo Schifrin than "the theme from Mission Impossible" - on this week’s Fishko Files.


Five Four Time

Thursday, December 10, 2015

What do Radiohead, Tchaikovsky, and the Mission Impossible theme have in common? They all use Five Four Time – and make it sound inevitable.



Thursday, December 03, 2015

Leonard Rosenman won Oscars for his adaptations of existing film scores, but it was Rosenman’s originals that are remembered for their arresting modernism.



Thursday, November 26, 2015

WNYC's Sara Fishko looks back on the unforgettable voice and overwhelming conviction of Bella Abzug.


Jazz Photography

Thursday, November 19, 2015

WNYC's Sara Fishko talks with two late, great jazz photographers about capturing musical giants on film.


The Jazz Loft, a WNYC Studios Original

Friday, November 13, 2015

Sara Fishko makes her film directorial debut with "The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith.”


Hazel Scott as Herself

Thursday, November 12, 2015

WNYC’s Sara Fishko explores the life and work of the pianist and singer Hazel Scott in this Fishko Files from 2009.


World's Fair 1939

Thursday, November 05, 2015

WNYC's Sara Fishko discusses the special promise "The World of Tomorrow" held for Depression-era Americans.


Episode 1: Introduction

Friday, October 30, 2015

While W. Eugene Smith lived in a rundown loft in Manhattan’s Flower District, he recorded audio tape compulsively. More than two decades after his death, those tapes finally resurfaced.

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Other Minds

Thursday, June 11, 2015

 Sara Fishko has been exploring a small record label – with only a few releases – that delivers a whole world...

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Films of '59

Thursday, June 04, 2015

WNYC’s Sara Fishko looks back to the films of 1959... 


On Hamlet

Thursday, May 28, 2015

In honor of the many faces of summer Shakespeare, WNYC’s Sara Fishko considers the infinite variations on the Bard’s most celebrated play...