Wall Street Journal editor on David Bird: ‘Devoted to his beat and generous with his colleagues’

Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerard Baker’s memo to staff:

Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2015 5:40 PM
To: WSJ All News Staff
Subject: David Bird

As many of you will have heard, the remains of our colleague, David Bird, were found today, more than a year after he was first reported missing.

David Bird

David Bird

On behalf of everyone at Dow Jones, I want to extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Nancy, and their two children, Alex and Natasha, who have borne the unknowing of the last year with such grace and dedication, and who have now been so tragically bereaved. Please remember them in your thoughts and prayers.

David was among the most respected energy journalists anywhere – a must-read for energy-market professionals, known as an acute observer and commentator on the global oil market who was devoted to his beat and generous with his colleagues.

He first joined Dow Jones more than three decades ago and eventually became the deputy managing editor of the Dow Jones Energy Service. He was instrumental in the expansion of energy coverage at Dow Jones in the 1990s, leading its coverage of OPEC and energy markets and building a team regarded as among the best in business. He later launched a highly regarded column on the topic.

Well-sourced among the world’s most influential oil ministers, David would regale younger reporters with stories about what went on behind the scenes at some of the most historic OPEC meetings. His ability to navigate the vast troves of public oil data was unmatched. At 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, he could often be seen hunched over his computer, sifting through spreadsheets and crunching numbers just released by the Energy Information Administration. He was often the first to gain insight into important energy-market trends.

To his colleagues at Dow Jones, David was a mentor, a friend and a model of integrity and dedication to his profession. Above all that, of course, he was a loving father and husband.