Terry Keenan, pioneering TV business analyst, dead at 53

Terry Keenan, pioneering TV business analyst, dead at 53

Terry Keenan (Kass), 1961-2014. Screen capture image via YouTube video.
Terry Keenan (Kass), 1961-2014. Screen capture image via YouTube video.

NEW YORK, October 24, 2014 – Terry Keenan, a pioneering TV and newsprint financial journalist, died suddenly Thursday night of a cerebral hemorrhage. She was only 53.

Keenan became a familiar face to many financial TV viewers when she became the first journalist to regularly report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) for CNN, where she worked in various capacities from 1986-1995.

Prior to her CNN stint, however, she gained valuable experience working with Louis Ruykeyser on PBS-TV’s popular, long-running “Wall $treet Week with Louis Ruykeyser.”

In 1995, she moved from CNN to CNBC where she became one of that cable network’s segment anchors. She returned to CNNfn to assume similar duties, but eventually moved to Fox News in 2002 to serve as anchor for various shows, including the network’s “Cashin’ In.” When Fox debuted its new “Fox Business” cable channel, she became one of that venture’s first anchors.

She also wrote a financial column for the New York Post, leaving Fox Business permanently in 2009 and devoting more time to the column. What turned out to be her final column ran on October 19.

The Post’s Michael Gray tweeted the shocking news of Keenan’s passing early Friday morning:

It is with much sadness that I report NYPost Business columnist Terry Keenan passed away overnight. She will be missed.

A native of Albany, New York, Keenan earned a bachelor degree in mathematics at Baltimore’s John Hopkins University in 1983 before joining the Ruykeyser program, which was produced and taped in nearby Owings Mills, Md.

One of three sisters, she was married to Ron Kass with whom she had a son, Benjamin Keenan Kass. All four survive her.

According to various sources, funeral services for Terry Keenan Kass “will be held Friday, October 31st at 11 AM at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on Park Avenue at 84th Street. In lieu of flowers please donate to Loyola School 980 Park Avenue, NY, NY 10028.”

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Terry Ponick
Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17