Austin Kiplinger, a journalist and businessman who helped pioneer personal finance journalism and founded the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism, has died. He was 97.
Together with his father, W. M. Kiplinger, he launched the magazine now called Kiplinger Personal Finance, which since 1947 has helped translate for everyday people the particulars of mortgage loans, insurance policies and wise investment.
He founded the Kiplinger Program at Ohio State University in 1974 to honor his father’s legacy.
“Through his generosity and vision, Austin Kiplinger and his family have helped thousands of journalists sharpen their skills to improve their reporting,” Kiplinger Program director Doug Haddix said. “His legacy llves on through reporters, editors and producers all across the country who have benefited from Kiplinger Program training. He will be deeply missed.”
A self-described “newspaperman,” Kiplinger worked at Kiplinger Washington Editors well into his 90s, hammering away each day on his Underwood typewriter at the 13th Street office.
“I’m the only one around this office who can still use a typewriter, by the way,” he told an interviewer in 2010. “I can go about as fast as anybody can on a keyboard.”