Jerry Izenberg (born 1930) is a sports journalist with the The Newark Star-Ledger in Newark, New Jersey. His career with the Star-Ledger began in 1951 while he was still a student at Rutgers University, Newark, but was interrupted for several years during which he served in the Korean War. Izenberg has covered many memorable sporting events and figures of the late Twentieth century, including Sonny Werblin's ownership of the New York Jets, the boxing career of Muhammad Ali, and the Loma Prieta earthquake which interrupted the 1989 World Series.
In addition to many magazine articles and newspaper columns, he has also written 13 books, his most recent one being. Izenberg has been the writer, narrator, or producer (sometimes all three) of 35 network television documentaries. One of those shows, "A Man Called Lombardi," earned an Emmy nomination.
In 1997, Izenberg was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame of New Jersey and in 2000 he won the Red Smith Award from the Associated Press Sports Editors. He was a 2000 inductee of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame. In 2016, Jerry was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame.
To commemorate 55 years in journalism, Izenberg wrote an eight-part memoir for the Star-Ledger in 2006. He will be inducted into the International Jewish Sportswriters Hall of Fame in 2016.
Izenberg is one of only two daily newspaper journalists to have covered every Super Bowl.
- ASPE article on Izenberg's Red Smith Award
- Jerry Izenberg at The Star-Ledger
- brief bio from New-York Historical Society website at New-York Historical Society
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