Ryan Goldberg is a journalist whose work has appeared in more than a dozen newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Deadspin, Texas Monthly, ProPublica, The Village Voice, Men’s Journal, Inside Jersey, and elsewhere. He tends to write about vice.
In 2012, he won the Eclipse Award for horse racing journalism with a story on father-son jockeys Eibar and Keiber Coa and the son’s decision to become a jockey despite his father’s near-fatal riding accident.
Along the way, he has also worked for HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” His undercover investigation of the racetrack-to-slaughter pipeline won the 2009 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Journalism. Other credits include writing for four Olympics broadcasts; original research for the 2015 documentary “America’s Game and the Iran Hostage Crisis”; and associate producer on “Benji,” an ESPN Films’ documentary that premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.
He began his journalism career in 1999 at the Asbury Park Press (N.J.) while still in high school. He has been freelance since 2008. Now a longtime Brooklyn resident, he can be found canvassing its dives, docks, parks, cemeteries, fringes and enclaves in search of inspiration and stories. His journalistic idols are Joe Mitchell and George Orwell.