February 5, 2013
In counties and cities across the country, the medical examiner is often a steady player in the rotating cast of public officials. Turn on the evening news, see that familiar face solemnly addressing a bank of cameras, and you know: Someone has died.
But in New York City, where the cameras never click off and the scramble to stand before them never ends, few people know the name, much less the face, of their long-serving chief medical examiner. For the record, his name is Dr. Charles S. Hirsch, and he was appointed to the position back in 1989 by Mayor Edward I. Koch, recently deceased. More.