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Peggyann Hutchinson, the business editor at the Medford Mail Tribune from 1986 to 1988, died Monday at the age of 82.
Paul Fattig of the Mail Tribune writes, “In 2007, she was given the Communicator of Achievement award by the National Federation of Press Women. Among her other many awards was the 1970 Emmy Award from Oregon Press Women. During its 50th anniversary gathering in 2001, the OPW honored Hutchinson with its Spirit of Press Women Award.
“‘With truth as her goal and accuracy as her by-word, Peggyann Hutchinson exemplifies the reporter in all of us’ Glennis McNeal, a past president of the OPW, said at the time. ‘She unfailingly carries out her responsibilities to the public, to her employers, to her community, to Oregon Press Women and to the National Federation of Press Women.’
“During her 42-year career with the newspaper, Hutchinson would be in the midst of changes in the industry, from hot-lead type to the computer age.
“Throughout her long professional life she earned the reputation as a no-nonsense journalist who boiled her chosen profession down to the essentials.”
Read more here.
Homer Brickey Jr., a longtime business journalist for the Toledo Blade, died Saturday from a brain tumor. He was 66.
Mark Zaborney of the Blade writes, “Mr. Brickey wrote a weekly business column for nearly two decades — amassing more than 800 columns, he estimated in the final regular column on Dec. 30, 2008. The column allowed him to express his opinion on the wide variety of topics he found interesting and useful to readers.
“‘I don’t give two figs about GATT, GAAP, FASB, ERISA, TEFRA, CAFE, COLA, FEMA, TARP, HIPPA, or OPRAH, and I didn’t write columns about any of those,’ he said in his last column. ‘Instead, most of my columns have been on things I do care about — youngsters and their future, entrepreneurs, inventors, the rise and fall of the downtown, bull-and-bear markets, cars, Toledo’s long [and sometimes glorious] business history, and struggling start-up owners as well as Fortune 500 bigwigs. Oh, and also characters and crooks, geniuses and bozos of the business world.’
“Blade Business Editor Greg Braknis said Mr. Brickey’s column in the newspaper was a reader favorite.
“‘Homer had an amazing knowledge of Toledo, its history, and its people, and it was the backbone of his reporting and writing,’ Mr. Braknis said. ‘He always saw the best side of things, and could write a column woven in everyday folksiness that would make you laugh or just feel better about life. … Blade readers lost a huge voice when Homer retired and now the city has lost a wonderful person.’”
Glen Creno, who was an Arizona Republic business reporter now covering general assignment, died Saturday at the age of 59.
Laurie Merrill and Luci Scott write, “He started his career in Phoenix in 1981 as a reporter for The Phoenix Gazette. When the papers merged in 1995, he joined The Republic, covering retail and real estate.
“Republic business editor Kathy Tulumello said Creno was wonderful to work with because he was easygoing and had a positive outlook.
“‘He was an extremely competent reporter and covered a number of important stories not only in retail and real estate, but I knew him first as a crime reporter in his early years at The Phoenix Gazette,‘ she said.
“Creno spent many years writing for the Business section, where he covered the highs and lows of Arizona’s real-estate cycle.”
Michele Kay, the business editor at the Austin American-Statesman from 1989 to 1991 who was also a business columnist and business reporter at the paper, died Wednesday from brain cancer.
Chuck Lindell of the American-Statesman writes, “‘She was a good reporter — tough as nails, without fear or favor,’ said Austin political consultant Bill Miller, who met Kay when she was a Dallas business reporter in the 1980s. ‘She just didn’t put up with BS. She played you straight; she demanded that you play her straight.’
“Kay thought fast, wrote fast and spoke very fast. She disliked distractions, could be brusque and refused to suffer fools.
“She also made friends easily, shifting into a slower gear for the personal conversations she loved — filing away facts about birthdays, weddings, births and other life landmarks that she could recall years later.
“‘She knew so much more about the world than the average person on the street, or average reporter for that matter,’ said Bruce Todd, a former Austin mayor and longtime friend. ‘You always felt that her story, whether it was in your favor or against, was the correct story.’”
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Jeff McCready, a longtime business reporter at the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat in Pennsylvania, died Sunday at the age of 68 from lung cancer.
Arlene Johns of the paper writes, “McCready was a general assignment reporter until settling into the labor and industry beat. He took each assignment seriously and always did his best to produce fair and balanced articles – even when they occasionally angered someone.
“One large company president grew increasingly frustrated with how the business writer reported both sides of each issue – talking to the president as well as the union.
“He got so upset that one day he called McCready – just to tell him he was not talking to him anymore.
“The easy-going reporter got a big kick out of that and treated the company president with the same respect when he eventually started talking to him again.
“‘People trusted Jeff as a reporter and would confide in him things most people wouldn’t tell anyone else,’ Pam Mayer, former Tribune-Democrat publisher, said. ‘Business people knew they could trust Jeff to keep a confidential source. He knew everyone in town and people would give him incredible news tips.’”
Read more here.
Donna Tuttle, the projects coordinator at the San Antonio Business Journal, remembers her colleague, special projects editor Sandra Lowe Sanchez, who died Tuesday after suffering from cancer.
Tuttle writes, “Her career and legacy at the Business Journal touched many lives. She was a passionate professional, a kindhearted friend and colleague, a proud mother and wife, a champion of the underdog, and, well, a force with which to be reckoned.
“A New England daily newspaper reporter for several years, Sandy came to our weekly business newspaper with a zest for telling people’s stories and seeking and unearthing the truth. Justice and fairness were her compasses, and she used both as she navigated the banking beat during the early 1990s’ savings and loan bust.
“Over time, she found the tricky balance between meeting and befriending local bank professionals and covering her beat with integrity. That meant having lunch with the savings and loan president one day and scrutinizing his organization’s balance sheet the next. Her duty, as she always liked to say out loud, was to her readers.”
Sandra Lowe Sanchez, the special report editor for the San Antonio Business Journal, passed away from complications due to cancer early Tuesday morning, Jan. 25.
A story on its site states, “Sandra, or Sandy as we called her in the newsroom, was a long-time journalist, beginning her career in the Boston area in 1984 where she worked for various community publications, including the Dorchester Community News and The Tab. In 1987 she took a job with the daily Eagle Times in Claremont, N.H., and about a year later moved across the border to the Southern Vermont Bureau of the Rutland Herald — the second largest newspaper in that state.
“Sandy, a graduate of the University of Maine, moved to San Antonio in 1990 and worked for a short time as a reporter for the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. The following year, she was hired by the San Antonio Business Journal as its banking and insurance reporter. Sandy covered that beat for three years, until 1994, when she was promoted to special report editor for the paper.
“In that position over the past 17 years, Sandy helped to craft the voice of the paper by developing and overseeing the editorial production of the newspaper’s numerous special reports and special publications, including one very dear to her heart, the 40 Under 40 special publication, which honors San Antonio’s up-and-coming business stars.”
by Chris Roush
Leon Wynter, who wrote the “Business and Race” column for The Wall Street Journal from 1989 to 1999, died on Tuesday due to brain cancer. He was 57.
“Wynter, a looming figure at 6-foot-7, had formed provocative views about race, which he outlined in a 2002 book, ‘American Skin: Pop Culture, Big Business and the End of White America.’
“Introducing a February 2003 commentary from Wynter on NPR’s ‘All Things Considered,’ host Robert Siegel said, ‘In the book, he argues that integration in the US has been achieved in the cultural marketplace, if nowhere else in society. But he was not prepared for all the white people who would read his book and assume that buying black culture means buying racial equality.’
Read more here. While writing his column, he also taught business journalism at Baruch College, City University of New York. Also at the Journal, he covered the Capitol Hill beats for federal banking, government telecommunications, and technology policy.
Jean Morgan, who took a job as a business reporter of the Daytona Beach News-Journal in Florida when she was 65, died Friday in Michigan at the age of 85.
Andrew Gant of the News-Journal writes, “Morgan, the knowledgeable ‘newsroom dictionary’ who brought flowers into the office each week, died Friday in Waterford, Mich., where she raised her family. She was 85.
“‘She was atrouper,’ said Sandra Frederick, managing editor of the Citrus County Chronicle and the News-Journal’s New Smyrna Beach bureau chief during Morgan’s tenure. ‘No matter what you gave her, she was out there covering it for you.’
“Morgan moved to Florida in 1973 with her husband, Rick, and lived in Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater.
“‘No matter where you went, everyone knew Jean Morgan,’ Frederick said.”
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
Amy Ellis Nutt of The Star-Ledger in Newark writes about Bloomberg News reporter Dunstan McNichol, who died suddenly at his home Tuesday at the age of 54.
Nutt writes, “Readers may not remember the byline, but anyone who drives a car, has a child in school or ever needed workman’s compensation, still reaps the benefits of his reporting. It was McNichol who, with a series of relentless scoops, exposed the misbegotten auto inspection system in 1998 when inspection lines stretched for blocks. It was McNichol who in 2006 brought down the School Construction Corporation by exposing billions of dollars of waste and fraud. And it was McNichol, who in 2008, ripped the lid off the New Jersey workmen’s compensation system, showing how it routinely failed the people who needed it most.
“He routinely exposed problems and scandals with the state’s pension system long before it became a front-burner issue in Trenton, including major pieces showing how politicians padded their pensions. He took aim at many of Trenton’s powerful, breaking stories showing how former state Sen. Wayne Bryant, now in prison, held no-show jobs that padded his pension and used his power to benefit himself and his friends.
“He deciphered complicated subjects, such as financial swap deals gone bad, showing how state government blunders cost taxpayers millions.
“While plowing through thousands of documents researching a story, McNichol discovered a $75,000 payment by the state’s health care university to a top fund-raiser to McGreevey — and then showed there was no evidence the guy had ever worked for his money.”
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