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Jerry Springer is an American talk show host, best known for his tabloid talk show, The Jerry Springer Show. He is also a former mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Born February 13, 1944, Jerry Springer is a London-born American talk show host, best known for his tabloid talk show, The Jerry Springer Show. He is a former mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio. Before being signed on for his own show, Springer was the anchor and managing editor of WLWT. While there, he earned seven Emmys. The Jerry Springer Show debuted in 1991,
and eventually garnered huge ratings for its focus on lowbrow topics.
Journalist, talk show host and politician Jerry Springer was born Gerald Norman Springer on February 13, 1944, in a tube station in London, England. His parents, Margo and Richard Springer, were Polish Jews who escaped from Germany during the Holocaust. Springer's birth came shortly after the family's emigration and, by the time Springer was five years old, his family had moved again—this time to the Queens area of New York City. For Springer and his family, America represented a place where people could live without persecution.
Springer's college years took him south to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he earned his bachelor's degree in political science at Tulane University in 1965. He then received his law degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. Shortly after earning his Juris Doctor in 1968, Springer met New York Senator Robert Kennedy at a dinner party. Springer signed on with the Kennedy's presidential campaign shortly after. Kennedy's assassination occurred on June 5, 1968, only a few months after Springer began helping the candidate on the campaign trail. The incident took an emotional toll on Springer, who felt compelled to continue Kennedy's political vision.
The next year, Springer took a job with the law firm Frost & Jacobs in Cincinnati, Ohio. While at the firm, the 25-year-old Springer spearheaded the movement in Ohio to lower the voting age from 21 to 18, which culminated in his Senate Judiciary Committee testimony supporting ratification of the 26th Amendment to the Constitution. He then ran for Congress in Ohio in 1970, nearly beating the entrenched Republican incumbent, Donald Clancy. In 1971, he won a seat on the Cincinnati City Council and served five terms before becoming mayor at the age of 33, with the largest plurality in the city's history. Springer served two terms as mayor of Cincinnati.
After an unsuccessful bid for governor of Ohio in 1982, Springer was courted by several networks, ultimately signing with the Cincinnati NBC affiliate WLWT. As their anchor and managing editor, Springer took WLWT to first place in the news rankings. It was his nightly commentaries, the precursor to his now legendary "Final Thought," that landed him seven Emmys. Springer was voted television's best anchor for five consecutive years by readers of Cincinnati Magazine.
Springer's success on the network led to his own WLWT talk show, which debuted on September 30, 1991. The first season of The Jerry Springer Show aired originally as a politically charged talk show, with episode topics including the social effects of rock 'n' roll, gun control, and homelessness.
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