Julie Rannazzisi, the New York bureau chief for CBS MarketWatch, died on April 10 of cancer. She was 35.
Rannazzisi studied technical analysis and investment strategy at New York University, and graduated with an economics degree from the University of Palermo in Italy. She worked as an assistant trader at The Bank of Yokohama in New York before launching her journalism career.
Rannazzisi spent two years as a markets reporter for Dow Jones & Co., then became a senior markets reporter for The Bond Buyer. In 1998, she joined CBS MarketWatch as one of its first New York-based financial journalists. Rannazzisi originally covered the bond and currencies markets, but was eventually tapped to head the New York bureau and write the news organization’s daily stock-market column. Under her guidance, the column became the most popular story on the Website.
“She had a job that required the utmost sense of accuracy. Make a mistake and you risk costing readers — investors — lots of money. Plus, the beat reporter has to be fast. It’s a tough job. She did it with a unique measure of grace and good humor,” said Jon Friedman, media editor for CBS.MarketWatch.com.