He joined the Eyewitness News team in 1985 and is the only correspondent to have served as Bureau Chief in both New Jersey and Long Island and now in Westchester County. His insightful reporting and unique ability to capture the interesting elements of a story have made him a valuable member of Eyewitness News.
Following a four-year run as Anchorman of "Eyewitness News This Morning" and a year of anchoring the weekend newscasts, Tim followed his heart back to the streets he loves. Since then, he's provided some of the best reporting of our area's biggest stories.
Twice in his distinguished career Tim has covered the tragic events of major airline crashes - first the bombing of the Pan Am Flight and then the explosion of TWA Flight 800. Tim provided continuous and thoughtful reports on the recovery and the investigative efforts of those events.
Tim has also found himself covering what has become an escalating war of terrorism, one, the tragic story of the Achille Lauro, a cruise ship overtaken by terrorists who murdered a New York man. Tim was the only New York correspondent to cover the story from the Middle East, with firsthand reports of the ever-changing details. Several years later he reported on the bombing of the World Trade Center.
Dispatched to cover another major story; Tim followed the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger. He spent more than a week reporting live from the New Hampshire hometown of Christa McAuliff, the teacher and crew member killed in the explosion. His reports captured the tremendous impact this teacher hand on the lives of children and parents.
In 15 years of reporting in New York, Tim has spent some of that time covering the legal system. His reports have focused on everything from numerous murder trials, corruption scandals and the trials of mob figures to various landmark civil rights cases. In 1987, he followed the controversial child custody case of "Baby M" from start to finish, including a series of in-depth reports focusing on the bitter debate over surrogate parenting.
As a correspondent, one of Tim's unique abilities has been to cover all types of stories, business, legal, education and medical and when often called upon to bring his years of experience to the anchor desk of Eyewitness News.
Tim graduated from Morehead State University with a BA in Journalism. He has worked in Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Louisville and Cedar Rapids before becoming a valued member of the Eyewitness News team. Tim and his wife, Caren, reside in Westchester County with their two dogs, Sally and Hannah.
While Bureau Chief on Long Island, Tim garnered six Folio Awards for his coverage of the beach waste disaster, and a series on the dramatic decline of Long Island's vital aerospace industry. Folio Awards were presented to Tim for his multi-part series on the effects of federal pollution laws on beleaguered Long Island commuters.
Once again, Tim was dispatched to Europe in 1996 where he reported live from Rome as preparations were being made for the visit of Pope John Paul II to New York. Tim's special series of reports centered on the impact of the historic visit on American Catholics.
For Brother Salvatore Sammarco and his three fellow carpenters, there is no higher calling. They have built the chair that Pope Francis will use during mass in New York City.
Like portions of New Orleans still rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina, there are homes across our area that are still rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy.
Tim Fleischer reports from the newsroom.
Seeing the dangers of K2 in her district, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will be introducing legislation next month calling for stronger civil penalties.
One of the first to be trained, police officer Edwin Espinal embraces the new crime-fighting tool that will provide all 35,000 officers on the force with the NYPD's domain awareness system.