Ryan Goldberg is a journalist whose work has appeared in more than a dozen newspapers and magazines, including Texas Monthly, Deadspin, the New York Times, Village Voice, ProPublica, Men’s Journal, Inside Jersey, and more. He tends to write about people and places on the margins of society.
In 2018, his Texas Monthly feature, “The Drug Runners,” was named a reporting finalist by the National City and Regional Magazine Awards. In 2012, he won the Eclipse Award for excellence in writing about horse racing with a story about jockey Eibar Coa and his son Keiber, who resolved to become a jockey despite his father’s near-fatal riding accident. He’s also received two Eclipse honorable mentions for investigative stories related to the proliferation of drugs in thoroughbred racing.
Along the way, he has also worked for HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” where 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 New Jersey’s Asbury Park Press as a junior in high school. Now a longtime Brooklyn resident, he can be found canvassing its dives, docks, parks, cemeteries, fringes and enclaves in search of inspiration and stories. He’s also an aspiring naturalist. His journalistic idols are Joe Mitchell and George Orwell.