Bloomberg News editor in chief Matthew Winkler sent out the following to the staff on Wednesday:
It is with much sadness that we tell you of the passing yesterday of our friend and colleague Matt Walcoff. Matt joined Bloomberg in 2009 as a reporter in the Toronto bureau and truly exemplified the Bloomberg spirit. He was phenomenal at researching and using data, mastered the most complex Bloomberg tools, and had a genuine thirst for uncovering market trends or stock superlatives. In his reporting, company comments and data had to withstand his rigorous scrutiny. Who else but Matt knew that a tiny brokerage firm in Houston that was bought by a Canadian bank had Cooper Manning on the payroll — Brother of Eli and Peyton? That made the headline and the story sing. Matt’s dry wit and quirky sense of humor will be missed, as well as his relentless defense of the American bagel to his Canadian colleagues.
Before joining Bloomberg News in 2009, Walcoff reported on business for The Record in Kitchener, Ontario and the Tribune Chronicle in Warren, Ohio. He also worked as a full-time research assistant in the Political Science Department of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.
Walcoff holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in political science from Laurier. His work has appeared in publications including the National Post, Toronto Star, Guardian, Baltimore Sun and Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Walcoff’s last story was a Canadian stock market story on Tuesday.