Irv Gikofsky, also known as Mr. G, delivered forecasts on New York television for almost 40 years. New York’s most popular TV weatherman, Mr. G, began his career as a schoolteacher at Albert Einstein Intermediate School in the Bronx. As a teacher, he created the New York City school system’s first computerized weather program for use by children and their teachers. After teaching in public school for a decade, Mr. G was recruited right out of the classroom to become a TV weatherman at New York’sWCBS-TV in 1977.
Mr. G joined WPIX as the weekday weatherman in September 1993, where he has won six Emmy Awards and an Edward R. Murrow Award. In 2008, Mike Wallace presented the Friar’s Club Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. G. He also received the Estabrook Award as an outstanding Hofstra Alumnus. He was honored with a “Mr. G Day” proclamation for his work with kids. During his tenure at PIX, the “News at 10” was named Best Newscast by numerous prestigious outlets, including the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the New York Press Club. Outside of the newsroom, he participated in 34 New York City Marathons.
During his 44-year career, Mr. G guided New Yorkers through hurricanes, snowstorms, heatwaves, arctic air, and more. In that journey, citizens of the Big Apple trusted him to be clear, likable, and informative. That relationship has a unique special quality of a New Yorker speaking to New Yorkers. Never forgetting his beginnings as a schoolteacher, “Mr. G” visited over 500 schools during his outstanding career.