WSJ reporter Bird’s death ruled a drowning

The death of Wall Street Journal reporter David C. Bird, who was missing for 14 months, has been ruled an accidental drowning by a fall into the Passaic River. Peggy Wright of the Daily Record writes, “‘We’re thankful he was found but the reality and the finality of that is hard to deal with,’ widow […]

Sarah Lacy remembers former Memphis Biz Journal editor

Pando Daily founder Sarah Lacy remembers working for Memphis Business Journal editor Bill Wellborn in a first-person essay on the newspaper’s website. Lacy writes, “You always knew where you stood with Bill. It may not feel good, but there was no mystery. And when he believed in you, it felt so much more amazing because […]

WSJ’s Hamblin remembered for energy, optimism

Jennifer Smith of The Wall Street Journal remembers Seth Hamblin, the deputy global head of visuals at The Journal, who died of a heart attack on Sunday after running a race. Smith writes, “Mr. Hamblin previously worked at the Washington Post, where he was national graphics editor from 2000 to 2007. “Known for his energy, […]

WSJ’s Seth Hamblin dies at 46

Wall Street Journal managing editor Gerard Baker sent out the following announcement to the staff on Monday: I’m deeply sorry to have to tell you that Seth Hamblin, our much–loved and –admired colleague and friend, died suddenly on Sunday morning. Seth, a man of industrious energy and charming gentility, passed away after running a race. […]

Legendary Detroit labor writer Fogel has died

Helen Fogel, who covered labor for the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press, died earlier this month at the age of 84. Allan Lengel of Deadline Detroit writes, “Eric D. Lawrence of the Free Press writes that Fogel also helped land the first union contract for editorial employees at the Detroit News. “Charles Fogel, […]

Editor who brought Bloomberg to Canada has died

Kevin Doyle, who helped launch Bloomberg News in Canada, died earlier this month at the age of 72. A story by the Canadian Press states, “Doyle began his career as a reporter with the Windsor Star, worked as a parliamentary and foreign correspondent with The Canadian Press, then as managing editor at Maclean’s. “After becoming […]

Wellborn, former Memphis Biz Journal editor, dies

Bill Wellborn, who for many readers over the years was the face of Memphis Business Journal, has died. Michael Sheffield of the paper writes, “Wellborn, who retired in 2014, long entertained MBJ readers with his weekly humor column that covered everything from the travails of his beloved Arkansas Razorbacks football team, to his wife’s love […]

Smith, former NY Times biz reporter, dies at 79

William D. Smith, a former New York Times business reporter who later worked for Exxon, died earlier this month at the age of 79. Daniel Slotnik of the Times writes, “As a business reporter, Mr. Smith, who joined The Times in 1962, covered the energy crisis in the early 1970s and accompanied the tanker Manhattan […]

Audience development director at Atlanta Biz Chronicle dies suddenly

Michael FitzGerald, the audience development director of the Atlanta Business Chronicle, died Saturday at the age of 37. FitzGerald had joined the paper after graduating from college 15 years ago and had moved up through the ranks at the American City Business Journals paper. He leaves behind two daughters, Riley Moss FitzGerald and Emma Gunn […]

Bloomberg Radio’s Ken Prewitt dies at 68

Ken Prewitt, a Bloomberg Radio anchor who interviewed billionaire investors, Wall Street executives and a former Federal Reserve chairman in a news career with jobs at CBS and ABC television, has died, reports Stephen Miller of Bloomberg News. Millwr writes, “Tall, lean and white-haired, Prewitt was the daily host of Bloomberg Radio’s ‘The First Word’ […]