Last NameSportCountryYear Inducted

Sport: Media
Inducted: 2015
Country: United States
Born: September 10, 1930, in Neptune, New Jersey
Jerry Izenberg

Jerry Izenberg is the Columnist Emeritus of the Star-Ledger Newspaper in New Jersey. He has been a sports columnist for 64 years, covering events in 10 countries, and the author of 12 books and hundreds of magazine pieces.

He was elected to 10 Halls of Fame, foremost among them the National Sportscasters and Sports Writers Hall of Fame, the New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame and the New Jersey State Literary Hall of Fame.

Izenberg is also the recipient of the Associated Press Red Smith Award for Lifetime Achievement, generally considered the Pulitzer of sports writing.

His column is the longest continual running sports column in the Greater New York Area. Prior to joining the Star-Ledger he was a sportswriter at the New York Herald-Tribune. His column has appeared throughout the continental United States as well as Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Mexico, Malaysia, Canada and Italy.

Izenberg is one of only two daily sports writers to have covered alI 5O NFL Super Bowls, and will cover his 50th Kentucky Derby in 2016.

He directed and wrote the national Emmy award nominee, "A Man Named Lombardi", and is often seen on ESPN, HBO and the BBC as well as heard on Irish Radio.

Among Izenberg's many other honors are the Kentucky Derby Julep Cup for best Derby coverage, the Nat Fleischer award for Excellence in Boxing Journalism, and the 2010 Humanitarian Awards from the American Conference on Diversity and the Award of Excellence from the Thurgood Marshall College Scholarship Fund.

He holds a BA degree from Rutgers University and has been awarded honorary doctor of humane letters degree from two other universities.

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