BETHANY, W.Va. – Myron Kandel, the founding financial editor and economic commentator for CNN Financial News, will speak at Bethany College's 162nd Commencement on Saturday, May 6. Commencement activities will be held on the Quadrangle of Old Main at 10 a.m. He will also receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the College.

Kandel, who was part of CNN's original launch team in 1980, has been instrumental in the growth and development of CNN Financial News. He started his more-than-half century career in journalism as a copy boy for The New York Times, working nights while completing his senior year at Brooklyn College and then while earning a master's degree from the Columbia School of Journalism. Upon graduation, he was promoted to copy editor at the Times and later became a financial reporter.

After reporting for The New York Times, Kandel became the business editor of the Washington Star and then became a foreign correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune. He returned to the United States to become the Tribune's financial editor, serving in that post until the paper folded in 1966.

Kandel then became editor and president of the New York Law Journal. He subsequently served as the founding editor and publisher of several financial newsletters, including the Wall Street Letter, Review of the Financial Press and the Corporate Shareholder.

From 1976 to 1982, Kandel co-authored the Greer/Kandel Report, a syndicated financial column that appeared in leading newspapers around the country. He was also financial editor of the New York Post from 1977 to 1979 when he left to launch CNN.

Kandel is the author of, How to Cash in on the Coming Stock Market Boom, published in August of 1982, which accurately forecasted the bull market that began that August. He has also written a wealth of magazine articles and has been published in Harper's, Institutional Investor, The New York Times Book Review, Finance Magazine, Nation's Business and the Bulletin of American Society of Newspaper Editors.

In addition, Kandel has served as the president of five journalism groups, including the New York Financial Writer's Association and twice, twenty years apart, of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Both of these groups, along with several others, have given him lifetime achievement awards.

He has also taught journalism at Columbia University and the City College of New York.