In command of his copy, Prewitt was known for long stints providing business news updates on various stations, primarily WCBS 880, first with Wall Street Journal Radio, then through Money Magazine.
During the last decade, Prewitt redefined his spot as one of the best business broadcasters, bringing his booming voice to Bloomberg Radio in 2005, serving as morning host for much of that time until his illness forced a leave in 2013.
Veteran broadcaster Janice Kirkel shares a unique perspective on Prewitt, having worked together at Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg.
“Ken was someone you could talk about absolutely anything with — not just business news, but theater, history, politics, music,” Kirkel, a WFAN update anchor, tells Tuned In. “He always had great stories to tell and a great sense of humor.”
While attending the University of North Carolina, Prewitt took his first radio job in Chapel Hill. It also led to another lifelong passion, Jerry Azar, former Bloomberg Radio sports anchor, recalls.
“[He was] a journalist whose objectivity only wavered for the North Carolina Tar Heels basketball team.”
Winston-Salem and Cleveland soon followed for Prewitt.
But television also began to take notice. In 1983, Prewitt was named business reporter on the CBS Morning News. Five years later, his expertise found a new home–ABC News–where he handled economic stories.
While Prewitt was always professional and structured on the air, Kirkel says when the mics were shut, he could loosen his (literal) tie.
“Our politics were very different, but we even had fun with that. I had always hoped our paths would cross again.”