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Ira Berkow

(1940 - )

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.

Sources: International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, Wikipedia; Photo courtesy of Ira Berkow.