Cunniff, former AP business reporter, dies at 87
John Cunniff, a business writer for The Associated Press who for 35 years wrote a column that helped readers grasp a better understanding of the economy, has died at the age of 87.
Frank Eltman of the AP writes, “He wrote the Business Mirror column from 1966 until his retirement in December 2001, compiling nearly 5,600 columns and business analysis pieces. At the peak of the column, hundreds of newspapers carried Business Mirror, making it one of the nation’s most widely seen financial news features.
“Jim Kennedy, AP’s senior vice president for strategy and business news editor from 1988 to 1995, said when he joined the business staff, he discovered ‘the breadth of our coverage … was predominantly the product of one man’s vision and steady work over decades. John Cunniff’s contributions to the early development of business journalism at AP were extraordinary.'”
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