Longtime IRE member David Dietz, president of our organization in 2001-02, passed away Wednesday, June 1, after a battle with cancer. Dave was a beloved colleague and friend to many of us, and was honored last year with IRE's Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his many contributions.
Over the past decade, Dave worked as a San Francisco-based investigative reporter for Bloomberg Markets magazine. He had a 40-year career in journalism, including positions at TheStreet.com, The San Francisco Chronicle and The San Francisco Examiner. He won more than 30 national and regional reporting awards for investigating corporate fraud, judicial misconduct and civic corruption.
Dave was as stellar a human being as he was a journalist -- a
gregarious, expressive man with an infectious smile, a mischievous wit
and a huge heart. He will be sorely missed, especially when we gather at the bar after a day of convention sessions.
Dave is survived by his wife, Joanne Derbort, and two sons. Plans for a
memorial service are still being determined.
-- David Boardman, former IRE Board president and executive editor, The Seattle Times