Economics Broadcaster Rukeyser Dies at 73

May 3, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Louis Rukeyser, television’s Renaissance man of economics for more than three decades, died Tuesday at his home in Greenwich, Conn. He was 73. He was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow cancer in 2004.

Mr. Rukeyser was the host of “Wall $treet Week With Louis Rukeyser” on public broadcasting stations for 32 years. He resigned in 2002 and jumped over to CNBC, he said, rather than play second fiddle to the younger personalities public broadcasting executives sought.

“Louis Rukeyser’s Wall Street” was star-crossed. Mr. Rukeyser’s surgery for chronic back pain forced him onto extended medical leave in October 2003. During a follow-up examination the next year, his cancer was discovered. At his request, CNBC ended the show that had used guest hosts in his absence in 2004.

In addition to his role as the man who made economics accessible to TV viewers, Mr. Rukeyser was a popular columnist and author. After starting his career as a print reporter, he worked as a Paris-based reporter and commentator for ABC News.