FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Ira Berkow
 
 Sports

Ira Berkow, a sports columnist and featured writer for The New York Times for 26 years (retired in 2007, at age 67), won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2001 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer for Distinguished Commentary in 1988. Before that, he was a reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune and a columnist for the feature syndicate Newspaper Enterprise Association. He is the author of 20 books, including the best-sellers “Red: A Biography of Red Smith” and “Maxwell Street: Survival in a Bazaar.” His work has been included in numerous literary anthologies, including “Best American Sports Writing of the Century” (edited by David Halberstam). Mr. Berkow holds a B.A. from Miami University (Ohio) and an M.S.J. from Northwestern’s Medill Graduate School of Journalism. “Sports at its best is a kind of music,” wrote George Will, “and sports is a kind of libretto. Ira Berkow is among the best — a Sondheim of the sports page.”