In Memoriam

March 2013

Monday, March 11th, 2013

David Dietz, Bloomberg News Investigative Reporter, Dies at 70

By STEPHANIE SALTER  June 6, 2012 (Bloomberg) -- David Dietz, a journalist who found his calling in public service investigative reporting, died June 1 at his home in Healdsburg, California. He was 70. The cause was cancer. Dietz, a senior writer for Bloomberg Markets magazine, joined Bloomberg News in 2001. His last major story, in March, revealed how some companies cheated the poor by misusing ...[Read More]
Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Veteran business journalist Jim Kingsland, 49, dead after a long illness.

By RAY HENNESSEY Special to SABEW Many business journalists worked with Jim in some capacity in our careers, from his start in broadcast journalism in the early 1980s up through his most recent work writing his blog, Financial Balderdash, until late last year. He was the Zelig of business news, peeking out seemingly everywhere, from Bloomberg to CNBC to Financial News Network and to FOX Business ...[Read More]

October 2012

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Heaster remembered as tireless, collegial business journalist

By WARREN WATSON PHOENIX, Oct. 14, 2012 – Randy Smith says Jerry Heaster sparkled as a “real star” when they worked together at the Kansas City Star in the 1990s and 2000s. “Jerry was topical, a premier business columnist who was extremely popular in the community,” said former colleague Smith when he learned that Heaster, 74, a former president of the Society of American Business Editors ...[Read More]

February 2010

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

David J. Morrow, former editor-in-chief of TheStreet.Com, 1960-2010

David J. Morrow, who led as editor in chief for eight years and delivered some of the company's biggest successes, died Monday night after a monthlong battle with cancer. He was 49. Morrow -- "Dave" to anyone who knew him -- led TheStreet's editorial teams from 2001 to 2009 before becoming the first Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism at the Reynolds School of Journalism at ...[Read More]

August 2009

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

David Sutton, 1940-2009: Longtime editor, mentor at Chicago Tribune

By Trevor Jensen | Tribune reporter, July 22, 2009 David Sutton held a number of editing and production jobs during 33 years with the Chicago Tribune, where he was known as a meticulous editor and an amiable mentor to younger colleagues. Mr. Sutton, 68, died of multiple myeloma Sunday, July 19, in Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He had lived in La Grange. Joining the newspaper in ...[Read More]

July 2009

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Crystal Reid Austin, 29, was honored journalist

"Joy and sorrow are inseparable," wrote Lebanese-American author Kahlil Gibran. It must seem that way for the family of Crystal Renee Reid Austin. The 29-year-old business reporter for the Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune died Friday, six days after her wedding to Rod Austin of Bismarck. Continue reading at Omaha World-Herald....[Read More]
Sunday, July 19th, 2009

ACBJ Chairman Ray Shaw dies at age 75

Ray Shaw, the chairman of American City Business Journals, the parent company of Triangle Business Journal, died Sunday morning due to complications from a bee sting. He was 75 years old. Continue reading at Triangle Business Journal...[Read More]

May 2009

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Annette Haddad dies at 46; real estate reporter for The Times’ Business section

This article and photo were reproduced here with permission from The Los Angeles Times: Obituaries website.,0,531295.story By Jon Thurber, April 23, 2009, Annette Haddad, a Business section reporter for the Los Angeles Times who covered the volatile Southern California residential real estate market, has died. ...[Read More]
Monday, May 4th, 2009

Journal’s Wilke Dies of Cancer at 54

WASHINGTON -- John R. Wilke, a 20-year veteran of The Wall Street Journal known for incisive reporting on the intersection of business and politics, died of cancer Friday afternoon at his Bethesda, Md., home. Continue reading at The Wall Street Journal....[Read More]

February 2009

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Griffin, financial editor at Chicago Daily News, dies at 76

Richard "Dick" Griffin, the financial editor at the Chicago Daily News for 13 years, died last week at the age of 76, according to a Chicago Tribune story. Trevor Jensen writes: "Mr. Griffin ran the Daily News"™ financial pages from 1963 to 1976. With former Daily News reporter Rob Warden, he edited a collection of the newspaper's dispatches titled "˜Done in a Day: 100 Years of Great Writing ...[Read More]

September 2008

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

2006 Best in Business, Enterprise Real-time Award Winner Douglas W. Delp Dies Aged 63

Douglas W. Delp, 63, a long-time print and Internet reporter, columnist and editor, passed away unexpectedly Sept. 23 at Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter, Fla., following emergency surgery. He leaves behind his best friend and beloved "bride," Elaine, in addition to scores of close friends and admiring coworkers at, where he was an assistant managing editor, as well as prior coworkers ...[Read More]

July 2007

Monday, July 30th, 2007

Currier, 1999 SABEW Distinguished Award winner, dies at age 62

Reprinted with permission by Associated Press By Joyce M. Rosenburg, AP Business Writer Chet Currier , whose stock market and investing stories were fixtures in newspapers across the U.S. during a 29-year career at The Associated Press, died Sunday. He was 62. Currier, who also worked for Bloomberg News, died of prostate cancer at a hospice in Santa Monica, Calif., his son Craig said ...[Read More]

January 2007

Monday, January 8th, 2007

Washington Business Journal editor dies at 38

John McCalla, editor of Washington Business Journal, has died. He was 38. A cause of death was not immediately available. McCalla was named editor in September, succeeding longtime editor Beth Hunt. McCalla had served as managing editor of the paper since November 2001. Publisher Alex Orfinger announced the news to the paper's 45-person staff in a somber meeting Monday morning. Details ...[Read More]
Monday, January 1st, 2007

Longtime BDN editor dies

A longtime editor at the Bangor Daily News died suddenly Friday, four days after working Christmas Day for the company that employed him for 22 years. Carroll Dana Astbury of Hampden was 58 years old. Astbury grew up in the Blue Hill area and later lived in Orrington. He worked for the paper in numerous capacities during his career, including in the promotions department and as business writer, ...[Read More]

December 2006

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Rod Smith, editor of R-J Gaming Wire, dies at 60

By HOWARD STUTZ GAMING WIRE Rod Smith, the Review-Journal's Gaming Wire editor whose varied 30-year career took him into the fields of economics, politics and business journalism, died Thursday after a two-year battle with cancer. Smith, 60, had been the newspaper's award-winning lead reporter on the gaming industry since August 2002 and wrote a weekly column in the Business section's Sunday ...[Read More]

October 2006

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Business Journal reporter Andrew Hamm dies

Andrew Hamm, a veteran reporter with the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, died suddenly Monday at his home in Tracy. The San Joaquin County coroner's office said Hamm appeared to have suffered a heart attack. A cause of death is pending further tests. He was 46. Hamm had been at the Business Journal since 2000 and covered energy, transportation, hospitality and sports management. ...[Read More]

September 2006

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Sentinel business columnist passes away after heart attack

Orlando Sentinel business columnist Susan Strother Clarke died this afternoon, one day after suffering a massive heart attack at her College Park home. She was 47. Clarke started working at the Sentinel in 1985, coming from the Gwinnet Daily News in Georgia. She held a variety of editing and reporting positions for the newspaper, and she became the Sentinel's business columnist in February 2003. In ...[Read More]

June 2006

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

Rocky business reporter dies

John Accola, a business investigative reporter at the Rocky Mountain News, died June 25 of an apparent heart attack. He was 56. Accola was a winner, with colleague Peggy Lowe, of a 2000 Best in Business award in the Spot Enterprise - Giant Newspapers category. He authored or co-authored a number of other stories and series nominated for SABEW awards. Deb Goeken, managing editor of the News, ...[Read More]

May 2006

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

Financial Advice TV Show Pioneer Dies

Louis Rukeyser, who for 32 years presided over PBS' Wall Street Week, a landmark financial advice show developed in Owings Mills and distinguished by his keen insights, wry puns and idiosyncratic musings on the market, died yesterday at his home in Greenwich, Conn. Mr. Rukeyser, who was 73, died of multiple myeloma, a rare cancer of the bone marrow, said his brother, Bud Rukeyser. An imposing ...[Read More]

July 2005

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

Virginian-Pilot business reporter Benita Newton dies

Benita D. Newton, a business reporter for The Virginian-Pilot, died July 26 after collapsing at work. She was 25. The cause of death has not been determined. It was the second death in three weeks among The Virginian-Pilot's business news staff, which had six reporters. Michael Davis, an award-winning writer, died July 5 of cancer. He was 39. The Pilot's business editor, Bill Choyke, said ...[Read More]
Tuesday, July 5th, 2005

Business reporter Michael Davis dies of cancer

By JIM WASHINGTON, The Virginian-Pilot © July 7, 2005 Michael Davis, an award-winning business reporter at The Virginian-Pilot, died Tuesday night. He was 39. Davis felt ill while visiting his parents in Atlanta two weeks ago. Within days doctors told him he had abdominal cancer so advanced that there was nothing they could do. He died with his family around him. "All we wanted ...[Read More]

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