Ira Berkow was born in January 7, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois. He received his bachelor's degree from Miami University and his M.A. from Northwestern University.
Berkow has worked as a sports writer for The New York Times since 1969. In 1988 Berkow was nominated as finalist to receive a Pulitzer Prize. He actually received the Prize in 2001 for his series How Race Is Lived in America--The Minority Quarterback.
Besides his award-winning columns, Berkow has written several widely read books:
Hank Greenberg: The Story of My Life
Red: A Biography of Red Smith
Rockin Steady (Walt Frazier story)
Court Vision, To The Hoop: The Seasons of a Basketball Life
The Minority Quarterback & Other Lives In Sports
Ira Berkow has recently retired as columnist and feature writer of The New York Times.