Cordtz, ABC News economics editor in the 70s, dies at 92
Dan Cordtz, a longtime business journalist who was the economics editor for ABC News in the 1970s, died Saturday at the age of 92.
Steve Terrell of the Santa Fe New Mexican writes, “Kay Cordtz said during the inflation-riddled early and mid-’70s, ‘the three major networks employed not a single reporter trained and experienced in covering developments in business, labor, finance and government economic policy.’
“Thus, they hired her father, who had decades of experience in reporting about the economy.
“What I care most about is that I think I’ve contributed in a fairly important way to helping all the folks watching TV understand the way the economy of this country works,’ Cordtz said in the Washington Journalism Review profile, ‘and I think I’ve managed to persuade some of the skeptics within TV that it can be done.’
“After leaving ABC in 1989, Cordtz became chief correspondent and later managing editor of Financial World magazine. When the magazine folded, he moved to Florida, where he worked as a freelancer for publications including the St. Petersburg Times, the Tampa Tribune, the Miami Herald, Florida Trend magazine and the South Florida Daily Business Review.”
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