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Jerry Springer

JERRY SPRINGER

Jerry Springer, also credited as Gerald Springer, is known as the host of the nationally televised talk show, “The Jerry Springer Show.” This daytime show is famous for the hostility of guests appearing on the show, who, more often than not, fight and throw foul words at one another.

Springer started out his career as a lawyer and was elected as a Democratic mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio. After that he shifted to being a news anchor and then a talk show host. Springer was awarded ten local Emmys for his evening news and political commentaries during his stint at a local television station in Cincinnati. He was also voted as TV’s Best Anchor by Cincinnati Magazine for five consecutive years.

He is also a country singer and songwriter.

BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION

Gerald Norman Springer was born on February 13, 1944 in London, England in a London Underground station after his family escaped the holocaust. His parents were Jewish refugees and their family moved to Queens, New York in 1949 when he was five years old. Springer went to Forest Hills High School in New York and graduated from high school in 1961. He then attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1965. In 1968, he earned a Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. In 1973, Springer married Micki Velton but the couple is now separated. They have one child, Katie, who was born legally blind, deaf in one ear, and without nasal passages.

CAREER

In 1968, Jerry Springer became a political campaign aide to the 1968 presidential campaign of Robert F. Kennedy. After Kennedy’s assassination, he joined the Cincinnati law firm of Frost & Jacobs in 1969 and became active in a local referendum to lower the voting age in Ohio to 19. In 1971, he won a seat in the Cincinnati City council. In 1974, he was forced to resign from his post after coming clean during a 1974 press conference, admitting that he hired a prostitute. It was exposed when a police raid unearthed Springer’s check for a “massage parlor’s” services. As a result for being honest, he was able to win his seat back in 1975. In 1979, he was elected mayor of Cincinnati, having received the largest plurality in the city’s history. In 1981, he resigned from his post as mayor after losing the bid for Ohio Democratic gubernatorial primary. In 1982, he became a political reporter and commentator at Cincinnati’s WLWT-TV and two years after, became the news anchor and managing editor of the station. He was the number one anchor in Cincinnati until he resigned from his job in January 1993. In 1991, he launched his syndicated talk show, “The Jerry Springer Show,” in Cincinnati, which moved to Chicago the next year. In 1995, he recorded a country album entitled “Dr. Talk.” From 2005 to 2006, he hosted a syndicated radio show, “Springer on the Radio,” and also joined the show “Dancing With The Stars” in 2006. Aside from “The Jerry Springer Show,” he is also currently hosting “America’s Got Talent.”