Here is an excerpt from TheStreet.com editor Glenn Hall‘s tribute to his predecessor Dave Morrow, who died Monday night from cancer at the age of 49:
“During his 27-year journalism career, Dave left his imprint on many of the most influential media of our time, including SmartMoney magazine, The New York Times, The Detroit Free Press and Fortune magazine.
“At TheStreet, Dave’s vision of no-nonsense journalism with an original voice is embodied in columns such as ‘The Five Dumbest Things on Wall Street,’ among other initiatives. He encouraged reporters to write in their own style and always have something unique to say.
“During his eight years as Editor in Chief, Dave’s uncompromising drive for journalistic originality and success brought considerable growth and acclaim to the Web site. With Dave at the helm, TheStreet.com won five Society of Business Editors and Writers Awards; one Loeb Award, with five nominations in total; two New York Press Club awards, one Webby nomination; two Codie Award nominations, four Online Journalism Award nominations and four awards from the Media Industry Newsletter (min).
“Those accomplishments culminated in Dave winning Min’s 2007 award for Best Editor of a Web Site and subsequently being inducted into Min’s Digital Hall of Fame.
“Underneath the drive to succeed, Dave was a true original with an oversized heart. He cared deeply about his readers, his staff, his colleagues, his friends and his family. Dave possessed a rare combination of Southern charm and Yankee brashness that made his high hopes and expectations for everyone and everything both motivational and filled with genuine good humor.”
Read more here. Morrow had left TheStreet.com last year to teach business journalism at the University of Nevada-Reno.