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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ira Berkow  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: 1940 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Berkow was born and raised on the west side of Chicago. He earned his MA from the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ira Berkow is a Pulitzer Prize-winning sports reporter and columnist. After 26 years at the New York Times, he retired in 2007. He has also written articles for many magazines including but not limited to ''Esquire'', ''The New York Times Magazine'', ''Art News'', ''Chicago Magazine'', ''The Chicago Tribune Magazine'', ''Readers' Digest'' and ''Sports Illustrated''.Berkow shared a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2001 and was a Pulitzer finalist for Commentary in 1988. He is the author of numerous books, including ''The Corporal Was a Pitcher'', ''Rockin’ Steady'', and ''Summers in the Bronx'', the bestsellers ''Maxwell Street: Survival in a Bazaar and Red: A Biography of Red Smith'', as well as two memoirs, ''Full Swing'' and ''To the Hoop''. He was the coauthor and editor of ''Hank Greenberg: The Story of My Life'', which was a primary source for the award-winning documentary ''The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg''. He now lives in New York City.

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Titles At Your Library


-- Ira Berkow received the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for his article ''The Minority Quarterback'' in the New York Times series ''How Race is Lived in America''. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer in 1988 for Distinguished Commentary. '''''The Man Who Robbed The Pierre