Ira Lacher

Ira Lacher

Ira Lacher, Senior Editor for Gardening, Outdoor and Home Improvement, brings to The Spruce a lifetime of writing and editing for newspapers, magazines, books, and marketing and ad agencies. For numerous consumer and affinity publications, Ira has written about and/or edited articles about myriad topics, including sports, politics, food and dining, wine, insurance, finance, cyber security, home, travel, gardening, infant care, hobbies, automotive, and woodworking.


  • Ira’s articles have appeared in national and regional publications, including the Associated Press, Columbia Journalism Review, The Des Moines Register, The Sporting News, Web Publisher, and The Iowan magazine. He has interviewed luminaries in government, sports, and the arts, including presidential candidates.
  • Away from work, Ira sings professionally, leading musical Jewish worship as Cantorial Soloist for Temple B’nai Jeshurun in Des Moines, and as a vocalist for a Des Moines-based jazz band.


Ira joined The Spruce in April of 2022 in the latest chapter of a writing and editing career that’s taken him from “stringing” for the wire services, to daily newspapers, to national magazines, to public relations, to direct marketing. As a Senior Editor, he writes, edits, and fact-checks roundups and reviews of garden, outdoor, and home improvement products. Most recently, Ira was a marketing copy writer and consultant for the multinational insurance broker Marsh McLennan. Before that, he held editorial positions with Midwest Living magazine, now part of The Spruce parent company Dotdash Meredith; The Des Moines Register and other newspapers.


The native of The Bronx, New York, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from Queens College of the City University of New York.

Education: Queens College of the City University of New York
Location: Des Moines, IA
Title: Senior Commerce Editor

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