TV host and author Louis Rukeyser died May 2 in Greenwich, Conn. of multiple myeloma, a rare bone marrow cancer. He was 73.
As host of “Wall $treet Week With Louis Rukeyser” on public TV from 1970 until 2002, Rukeyser took a wry approach to the ups and downs in the marketplace and urged guests to avoid jargon. He brought finance and economics to ordinary viewers and investors, and was rewarded with the largest audience in the history of financial journalism.
Louis Rukeyser quit “Wall $treet Week” and moved to CNBC with “Louis Rukeyser’s Wall Street” in March 2002 rather than go along with executives’ plan to demote him and use younger hosts to update the format. His last appearance on CNBC show was Oct. 31, 2003, after which he went on medical leave for surgery to relieve persistent pain in his back. In May 2004, he announced that doctors found a low-grade malignancy during a follow-up exam.
Born in New York, he started as a political and foreign correspondent for the Baltimore Sun papers. He also worked at ABC News as a senior correspondent and commentator, serving as Paris correspondent and chief of the London bureau.
Rukeyser, who published best-selling books and newsletters, said he thought “there is a hunger in the American public for clear, believable, understandable usable pocketbook information.”
Rukeyser is survived by his wife, Alexandra Gill, and three daughters.