In Memory of




Obituary for Robert Alan Urban

It is with extreme shock and sadness that I share this devastating news. Journalism lost one of its greats yesterday, suddenly and too early. Rob Urban was one of the most dogged reporters I have ever worked with and a mentor and trusted friend to many in the industry around the world. When I first met him in 1988 at The Charlotte Observer in Hickory, NC he was feverishly typing a story on a murder trial, too absorbed in his work to even look up. He was the type of journalist who ran straight into the fire, without fear, and always came back with the goods. Together we had the opportunity to set up Bloomberg's operations in Eastern Europe and Russia at a time when there was so much hope for the region. Many, many journalists who worked there in the 1990s remember Rob's extraordinary news judgement and investigative chops, and special knack for turning a compelling anecdotal lead. He won an Overseas Press Club award in 1994 for a series on financial fraud in post-Communist Eastern Europe that we collaborated on and was honored with numerous other awards for prominent work he authored or edited in his decades running financial coverage across a variety of beats. His support of the next generation of journalists was unmatched. Many can thank Rob for getting a first leg up early in their career. His family, including our two beautiful children who are busy making their own mark on the world and share many of their father's remarkable talents, is grieving deeply. There is so much more to say and remember, and we will over the coming days and weeks, months and years. Rob, we will miss you more than you ever could have imagined. ❤️