Jerry Springer, the former Cincinnati news anchor and mayor

“The Jerry Springer Show” began its multi-decade run in 1991 and, in 1998

the height of its popularity, beat “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in the ratings, drawing 12 million viewers.

Springer became a political campaign adviser to Robert F. Kennedy,

according to a 1998 profile of Springer in Slate written by David Plotz.

After Kennedy’s assassination, he joined the Cincinnati law firm of Frost & Jacobs (now Frost Brown Todd).

Springer was elected to the Cincinnati City Council in 1971