Pitts, Colorado biz reporter, dies at 83

Gail Pitts, a business reporter for the Pueblo Chieftain and the Denver Post, died last week at the age of 83. John Norton of the Chieftain writes, “When the business writer’s position opened up here, Gail moved to Pueblo and adopted the city as the place she would make her home for the rest of […]

Ex-Californian biz editor dies at 88

Joe Stevenson, a former business editor at the Bakersfield Californian, died Tuesday at the age of 88. Dianne Hardisty writes, “In his goodbye column 42 years, six months later, Stevenson wrote that he enjoyed his Californian career that included stints as a reporter, assistant city editor, city editor, business editor and columnist. “‘My favorite interviews […]

A business journalist who made a strong mark

Andrew Meacham of The St. Petersburg Times has a nice obituary of business journalist Carl Cronan, who died earlier this month at the age of 47. Meacham writes, “He covered commercial real estate for the Gulf Coast Business Review, but also profiled entrepreneurs and new technology companies, making things like mergers and buyouts seem understandable […]

Florida biz reporter dies Wednesday

Carl Cronan, a business journalist at the Gulf Coast Business Review in Florida and also a former staffer at the Tampa Bay Business Journal, died Wednesday from cancer. Business Journal editor Alexis Muellner writes, “Many longtime readers are familiar with Carl, who was on the Tampa Bay Business Journal reporting staff when I arrived in […]

Memphis Business Journal co-founder dies

Barney DuBois, a journalist who helped start the Memphis Business Journal in 1979, died Saturday at the age of 68. Jane Donahoe of the Business Journal writes, “DuBois was a fixture in the Memphis media scene since the 1960s, when he worked as a reporter for both The Commercial Appeal and the Memphis Press-Scimitar. “But […]

Dietz fund to help aspiring business journalist attend IRE conference

Dave Dietz‘s former Investigative Reporters and Editors‘ colleagues and friends have launched a memorial fund at IRE to make sure his legacy is not forgotten. The David Dietz Fund has been established to support a deserving journalism student or young professional pursuing a business journalism career. It will cover their costs to the IRE annual […]

One of the best investigative reporters, but not one of the best known

Jeremy Hay of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat in California, writes in the Saturday paper about David Dietz, the investigative reporter for Bloomberg Markets who died this past week at the age of 70. Hay writes, “In 2006, he co-wrote a Bloomberg report, ‘Broken Promises’ about $7 billion in tax-exempt public bond deals that Wall Street […]

Dietz, past IRE president and Bloomberg reporter, dies

TALKING BIZ NEWS EXCLUSIVE David Dietz, an investigative reporter for Bloomberg Markets magazine and a former president of Investigative Reporters and Editors, has died. In a note to the staff on Thursday afternoon, Bloomberg editor in chief Matthew Winkler wrote, “David was an outstanding investigative reporter for Bloomberg Markets magazine. His many contributions over the […]

Haines was an unlikely icon

Marketwatch.com media columnist Jon Friedman writes Wednesday about CNBC anchor Mark Haines, who died last week, and why he was so successful during his 22 years at the business news network. Friedman writes, “Haines reveled in his role as resident curmudgeon. He saw himself as something of a viewer ombudsman, accepting the responsibility of representing […]

Why Mark Haines was special

Eric Jackson of Forbes writes Wednesday afternoon about what made CNBC anchor Mark Haines, who died Tuesday, so special. Jackson writes, “He was willing to disagree with guests and challenge their unverified ‘talking points.’  And not just in a polite way but in a direct and passionate way. “I didn’t always agree with Mark’s views, […]