Ryan Goldberg is a journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Deadspin, ProPublica, The Village Voice, Men’s Journal, Inside Jersey, and a dozen other newspapers and magazines.
In 2012, he won the Eclipse Award for outstanding achievement in horse racing journalism with a story on father-son jockeys Eibar and Keiber Coa, and Keiber’s decision to become a jockey despite his father’s career-ending, near-fatal riding crash.
Along the way, he worked for HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” His undercover investigation of the racetrack-to-slaughterhouse pipeline won the 2009 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Journalism. Some of his TV and film credits include original research for the 2015 documentary “America’s Game and the Iran Hostage Crisis,” narrated by George Clooney; and associate producer on “Benji,” an ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 documentary that premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.
In 1999, as a junior in high school, he began his journalism career at the Asbury Park Press, one of New Jersey’s largest newspapers. He covered high-school sports and later horse racing; on the eve of college, he joined the Daily Racing Form. As a decade-long Brooklyn resident, he can be found canvassing its dives, docks, cemeteries, parks, and ethnic enclaves. His journalistic idols are Joe Mitchell and George Orwell.