2004 Lifetime

2004 Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree
Louis Rukeyser
Economic Commentator and Financial Adviser
Host, "Louis Rukeyser's Wall Street",CNBC

Louis Rukeyser is one of America's most popular economic commentators and financial advisers. His weekly CNBC television program, “Louis Rukeyser's Wall Street,” is also rebroadcast on 175 public-television stations, in an unprecedented bridging of cable and public television. Following directly in the tradition of the PBS program he hosted for 32 years, it quickly became the most-watched program on CNBC.

Long known for his ability to combine wit with wisdom, Louis Rukeyser has gained both the allegiance of viewers and the admiration of critics. As host of public television’s “Wall $treet Week With Louis Rukeyser,” a post he held from its debut in 1970 until it went off the air in 2002, Mr. Rukeyser each week drew the largest audience in the history of financial journalism, providing millions of viewers with economic analysis delivered in a clear and appealing style. Now he brings that same blend of entertainment, experience, information and insight to his CNBC program.

Mr. Rukeyser's current position enables him to employ his no-punches-pulled expertise on a broad canvas. He has more than four decades of globe-ranging experience as a television, radio and newspaper correspondent. His remarkable career has straddled three distinct areas of the news: political analysis, foreign correspondence and economic interpretation. Mr. Rukeyser's ability to clarify events in a lively and insightful fashion has made him an internationally celebrated broadcaster, lecturer, editor and author.

His flagship monthly newsletter, also called Louis Rukeyser's Wall Street, was launched in 1992 and has the largest circulation in the field. He has also written books on economics and investing. What's Ahead for the Economy: The Challenge and the Chance became a nationwide bestseller, and his earlier book, How to Make Money in Wall Street, has long been a classic in the field. Before he ended it in 1993 to devote more time to his newsletters, his influential syndicated column appeared in hundreds of newspapers coast to coast for 17 years. He has for decades been one of the most sought-after speakers, and his annual investment conferences attract record-breaking crowds.

After graduating in 1954 from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Mr. Rukeyser spent 11 years as a political and foreign correspondent for the Baltimore Sun papers. His next stop was ABC News for eight years, including five pioneering years beginning in 1968 as television's first national economic commentator – the job he invented and still fills with such skill today. He conducted regular ABC television and radio series, including his popular radio program, "Rukeyser's World," which he ended when he left ABC in 1973.

Louis Rukeyser has been honored with many major awards throughout his career. Among those he received for his television programs was the first Gerald Loeb Award ever given to a broadcaster.

Mr. Rukeyser lives in Connecticut. He and his wife, Alexandra, have three daughters and two grandchildren.