Born September 10, 1930 in New York, NY.
Izenberg graduated from college at Newark-Rutgers in 1952 and was employed at the Newark Star Ledger before enlisting in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After serving two years in Korea and Japan, he was discharged and resumed his journalism career. Following a stint at the Paterson News, he joined the staff of the New York Herald Tribune in 1958. In August 1962 Izenberg accepted an offer to pen a sports column at the Newark Star Ledger and his syndicated column captivated readers and earned critical praise for 45 years by turning the spotlight on countless athletes. In addition to newspaper work, Izenberg created Sports Extra television show in the 1970s that ran for eight years. He also hosted a radio show, Sports with Jerry Izenberg, on the NBC network in the 1980s. Izenberg has authored thirteen books, including 2009’s Through My Eyes: A Sports Writer’s 58-Year Journey. In 1978 he was awarded the BWAA Nat Fleischer Memorial Award for “Excellence in Boxing Journalism.”
Held in the highest regard by his peers and readers, Izenberg is semi-retired and now resides in Henderson, NV.
Born: Sept. 10, 1930