Jerry Springer was born Gerald Springer on February 13, 1944 in London, UK. His family had recently fled there to escape the Holocaust and, in 1949, he moved with his parents to the United States on the RMS Queen Mary.
In 1961, he began studying political science at Tulane University. After graduating with a bachelor's degree, he began studying law at Northwestern University. He graduated in 1968 with his Ph.D. and worked as an aide in Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign.
When Kennedy was shot, Jerry was forced to find other work and began practicing law at a firm in Cincinnati, Ohio.
In 1970, he started a campaign to become a state representative for Ohio, but was beaten by Donald Clancy. In 1971, he was elected to the Cincinnati city council, where he served until 1974. That year, he was the center of a large scandal where police found a personal check that he had written to a prostitute at a massage parlor.
Jerry publicly apologized for the prostitute incident and managed to regain his seat under the Independent ticket. His miraculous recovery from the scandal might have even helped him since he was able to win the campaign for Cincinnati mayor in 1977. In 1982, he stepped down to campaign for governor, but was beaten by Dick Celeste.
After his retirement from politics, Jerry was hired by WLWT-TV in Cincinnati to work as a political commentator. He became an immensely popular newscaster, rising from the bottom to become the most popular in the city. For his reporting prowess, he won seven Emmy awards in local ceremonies.
In 1991, Jerry was given his own syndicated talk show on Fox television. Originally, the show had a very political nature and was rather prestigious, but it gradually degraded. In search for higher ratings, Springer began inviting more interesting characters to the show, some of whom got into fights and even stripped. The show became very popular towards the end of the 1990s and was broadcast to numerous countries.
In 2005, he began a radio program called "Springer on the Radio", which is featured on WCKY-AM. The show is played in several cities and features a liberal atmosphere of political discussion. His television program is still running as well and Jerry has said that he is also considering pursuing a seat on the senate or becoming the governor of Ohio.
Jerry has made many appearances throughout the country to speak to university students and inspire political careers. He has also been featured on a number of late night talk shows, including Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show. He has also produced a movie called Ringmaster, which features people who applied for the Jerry Springer Show, but were never accepted.