Chet Currier 1945-2007

Chet CurrierMore years ago than I care to recall Chet Currier taught me how to be a media relations professional. If you were pitching the business/financial news then Chet was a big target at Associated Press. He took the time to explain his beat, his criteria, and your real possbility of success with him (not high). No matter how young or green you were, Chet treated you like a professional. He was the same for PR people as he was for journalists, hence the tributes to Chet on MarketWatch and other financial press.

 Chet covered the stock market for the Associated Press almost daily from 1974 until 1992. He spent the last 15 years as a columnist, first with the AP and then writing about personal finance and mutual funds for Bloomberg.

Chet died of prostate cancer last week; he was 62. I spoke to Chet a couple of months ago and he was as helpful and considerate as always. We miss him greatly.   

“Chet Currier was a guiding light in journalism who set the standard for columns on investing with equal measures of wit, common sense and uncommon prescience,” said Matthew Winkler, editor in chief of Bloomberg News. “He was unfailingly the agent of his readers and always the epitome of grace under pressure.”

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