Nachman was born in Red Hook, Brooklyn and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Nachman's parents got a divorce when he was a child so he moved in with his mother and stepfather in Pittsburgh. Nachman attended, but did not graduate from, Youngstown State University for seven years, not taking a single journalism class. He then worked a number of newspaper jobs before moving into broadcasting.
Nachman was editor-in-chief of the New York Post from 1989 to 1992, following a stint as a police reporter and political commentator at the Post. Prior to that, he served as news director of New York's NBC station, WNBC-TV, and as Vice President of New York's CBS flagship station, WCBS-TV. He served as the general manager of WRC radio and local television stations in Washington, D.C.. Nachman also wrote scripts for television programs and produced the late-night, half-hour political talk show Politically Incorrect hosted by Bill Maher during the 2000 elections.
Awards and honors
- "Jerry Nachman Dies at 57; Award-Winning Journalist". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
- "Jerry Nachman dies at age 57". MSNBC. January 21, 2004. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
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