Fox News is mourning longtime business correspondent and Bulls and Bears host Brenda Buttner, who has died at 55 after a long battle with cancer. Buttner, a Harvard graduate and Rhodes scholar, started her media career at an NBC affiliate and hosted CNBC's The Money Club before moving to Fox in 2000. Former CNBC anchor Ted David tells the New York Daily News that Buttner was "fiercely smart but equally upbeat, full of fun, and superior on the air." "She was a mom, a motorcycle lover, and person full of life," David says, describing her death as "beyond sad."
At Fox, Neil Cavuto delivered a warm tribute to his frequent co-contributor, recounting how she "would gloss over talking to financial and political kingpins as just another day at the office" and even "briefly quit her astonishing broadcast career to edit a motorcycle magazine because she thought it would be fun." "Let it be known that Brenda Buttner made us want to watch a business show with heart," he said. "Her heart. Her spirit. She democratized dollars and just made sense. Business journalism would never be the same."