Terry Keenan, a former CNN and Fox News anchor, has died. She was 53. Keenan’s sister, Linda, tells TVNewser the cause of death was a massive cerebral hemorrhage. Keenan had been receiving treatment at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital.
A pioneer among women working in financial news, Keenan joined Fox in 2002 from the now-shuttered CNNfn where she’d been since 1998. Before that, Keenan spent three years at CNBC. Her first television job was at CNN, which she joined in 1986.
Keenan left Fox News in 2009 to, in her family’s words, “work on her most cherished production: her son Benno Kass, with husband Ron Kass” (pictured, left, in a family photo shared with TVNewser).
She was still sharing her financial knowledge, though, working as a business columnist for the Sunday editions of the New York Post. Keenan’s last story for the newspaper was published October 19.
Michael Gray, the Post‘s Sunday business editor, reported Keenan’s death via Twitter early Friday:
It is with much sadness that I report NYPost Business columnist Terry Keenan passed away overnight. She will be missed. #nyp
— Michael Gray (@12mgray) October 24, 2014
The Keenan family provided TVNewser a copy of the death notice:
Keenan, Terry. It is with tremendous sorrow that we report the passing, due to a massive cerebral hemorrhage, of a wonderful mother, wife, sister, and pioneering financial journalist. Terry was a trailblazer who credited much of her success to her beloved mother’s emphasis on education, which led her to Holy Names Academy in Albany, NY, and a math scholarship to Johns Hopkins University. At Johns Hopkins, she produced the iconic PBS show Wall Street Week with Louis Ruykeyser; Ruykeyser, recognizing her very rare combination of talents – a flair for words coupled with an amazing facility with numbers – became a mentor. Soon she was picked up by CNN’s Moneyline, hosted by another longtime mentor, Lou Dobbs. Terry reported on the 1987 stock market crash, and was the first journalist to report live from the New York Stock Exchange. She went on to have various anchor stints at CNBC and Fox News. She left Fox to work on her most cherished production: her son Benno Kass, with husband Ron Kass. She treasured every minute with her son. Throughout her post-TV career, she never missed a deadline for her weekly New York Post financial column. Aside from her son Benno and husband Ron, Terry leaves behind her two sisters, Joellen Gardner and Linda Keenan, as well as many nieces and nephews.