Terry Keenan was fondly and lovingly remembered by former co-anchor Neil Cavuto today.
According to Mediaite, Fox News’ Neil Cavuto took a moment today on-air to address the passing of Terry Keenan, a former Fox anchor who used to host the program Cashin’ In. Keenan died this week of a massive cerebral hemorrhage.
Cavuto recalled Keenan as the “lynchpin” of the Cost of Freedom Fox News Saturday block, and showed some highlights from her time hosting Cashin’ In. He said that in all the years she worked at Fox News, he “never met a single crew or staff member who didn’t like her.”
Cauvto said she had an “uncommon earthiness” in how she reported the news, and brought up a piece she wrote just last week for The New York Post about gas prices.
He concluded, “Leave it to Terry’s passing to rain on economic spending itself.”
You can see the touching video here.
Keenan was most recently a Sunday business columnist for the New York Post. Her last column was posted online on October 19.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Keenan graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1983 with a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Keenan credited much of her success to her mother’s emphasis on education, her sister Linda Keenan told THR. She attended Holy Names Academy in Albany, New York, and received a math scholarship to Johns Hopkins.
Keenan began her career by joining CNN Business in 1986, where she produced Moneyline, then moved to on-air correspondent. Keenan then moved to CNBC in 1995 to be an anchor until 1998.
Keenan began her career as a producer for PBS’ Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser, with Rukeyser serving as Keenan’s mentor. Moneyline host Lou Dobbs mentored Keenan while she was at CNN. Her CNN highlight was being the first journalist to report live from the New York Stock Exchange during the 1987 Stock Market Crash, also known as “Black Monday”.
At CNN, Keenan was a correspondent and weekend anchor for Moneyline, as well as anchoring the now-defunct CNNfn’s Street Sweep. She also served as an anchor and senior correspondent for CNN Business News, where she analyzed Wall Street and the financial markets.
Keenan will be remembered as a pioneer in the world of financial reporting, being one of the first women to break into the world of the male-dominated financial world. She was smart, graceful, never backed down, and more than carried her own. She was an original.
Keenan is survived by her husband, Ron Kass; their son, Benjamin Kass; her two sisters, Joellen Gardner and Linda Keenan, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 31 at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made to Manhattan’s Loyola School.
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