Ray Sipherd

Ray Sipherd joined THIRTEEN in 1962 as an Associate Producer in the Arts and Cultural Division. Among the programs Sipherd co-produced and wrote was the weekly New York arts magazine program All Things Considered and THIRTEEN’s first fund-raising special in 1965 (featuring a James Earl Jones and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons). In 1969 Joan Ganz Cooney asked Sipherd to write scripts for a children’s television series she was developing called Sesame Street, which he continued to do for the next 17 years. Sipherd has also worked as a book editor, authored four novels, short stories, children’s books, a musical, and several plays.