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Jerry Springer
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56th Mayor of Cincinnati
In office
January 1, 1977 – January 1, 1978
Preceded by Jim Luken
Succeeded by Bobbie L. Sterne
Personal details
Born
Gerald Norman Springer

February 13, 1944 (1944-02-13) (age 77)
Highgate, Middlesex, England
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)
Micki Velton (m. 1973)
Children 1
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater Tulane University (BA)
Northwestern University (J.D.)
Occupation Former politician, former news anchor, former game show host, talk show host

Gerald "Jerry" Norman Springer (born February 13, 1944) is an American television presenter, former lawyer, politician, news presenter, actor, and musician. He has hosted the tabloid talk show Jerry Springer since its debut in 1991 and debuted the Jerry Springer Podcast in 2015.

Early life

Springer was born in the London Underground station of Highgate while the station was in use as a shelter from German bombing during World War II, and grew up on Chandos Road, East Finchley.

In January 1949, Springer emigrated with his parents to the United States, settling in Kew Gardens, Queens, New York, and attended Forest Hills High School. One of his earliest memories about current events was when he was 12 and watching the 1956 Democratic National Convention on television where he saw and was impressed by John F. Kennedy.

Early career

Springer earned a B.A. degree from Tulane University in 1965, majoring in political science. He earned a J.D. degree from Northwestern University in 1968. Springer was a partner in the law firm of Grinker, Sudman & Springer from 1973 to 1985.

Springer became a political campaign adviser to Robert F. Kennedy. After Kennedy's assassination, he joined the Cincinnati law firm of Frost & Jacobs, now Frost Brown Todd.

Political career

In 1970, Springer ran for Congress. Three days after announcing his candidacy, Springer, who was also an Army reservist at the time, was called to active duty and deployed to Fort Knox. He resumed his campaign after he was discharged. Springer was elected to the Cincinnati City Council in 1971. He resigned in 1974.

The Jerry Springer Show

Jerry Springer debuted on September 30, 1991. It was developed to mimic the format and look of fellow talk show The Phil Donahue Show, all the way down to Jerry's haircut and glasses, making him look like Phil Donahue (both were produced by Multimedia Entertainment). It started as a politically oriented talk show. Topics included homelessness and gun politics.

By 1998, it was beating The Oprah Winfrey Show in many cities, and was reaching more than 6.7 million viewers.

Personal life

Springer married Micki Velton in 1973 and had one daughter, born 1976. They divorced in 1994. Springer tends to keep his personal life private. A lifelong New York Yankees fan, he can be seen at Yankee home games from time to time.

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