When he was five, Jerry and his family left England for a new life. He became Mayor of Cincinnati, local news anchor and host of the most successful TV talk show in history. Still taking on provocative issues in its 22nd year, Jerry now finds himself dealing with the children of his original guests.


Jerry Springer was born in London in 1944, as his family was fleeing from the Holocaust. At the age of five, he and his parents immigrated to New York. Having to adapt to a new country left an indelible mark; being an outsider taught him acceptance, tact and compassion – the same qualities he draws upon as a talk show host.

Jerry’s first job after graduation was on Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign. After Kennedy’s death, Jerry joined a law firm in Cincinnati, Ohio and moved into the political arena himself. He was soon elected Mayor of Cincinnati with the largest majority in the city’s history.

Jerry launched his career in broadcasting as a political reporter and commentator on WLWT-TV. Two years later he became Cincinnati’s number one news anchor. He received seven Emmy awards for his nightly commentaries, the forerunner to the now famous ‘Final Thought.’ Always ready to accept new challenges, he then became a professional talk show host.

‘The Jerry Springer Show’ is now seen in over 150 markets around America and the world.

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JLA Presents

Event - 30/04/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Understanding AI Now

Priya Lakhani and Anne-Marie Imafidon

Please join us in our JLab studio near Oxford Circus at 08:30am on Tuesday 30th April for our next speaker’s breakfast event. Following our sell-out event for IWD back in February, we will be joined by three fantastic speakers for an exploration of the uses, myths and concerns surrounding AI.


JLA, 14 Berners Street, London


Event - 06/02/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Looking Ahead to International Women’s Day

Samira Ahmed, Eniola Aluko, and Alex Mahon

We were joined by four fantastic speakers to look ahead at International Women’s Day. With the theme of this year’s event being #InspireInclusion, we were lucky enough to hear from four women who have each blazed a trail in their respective fields: CEO of Channel 4, Alex Mahon; the former Australian Prime Minister and Chair of Kings’ Global Institute of Women’s Leadership, Julia Gillard; one of the leading voices in football, Eniola Aluko MBE; and broadcaster and journalist, Samira Ahmed.


Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH