- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 14, 2005

NORFOLK (AP) — Michael Davis, an award-winning business reporter for the Virginian-Pilot, died July 5 in Atlanta. He was 39.

Mr. Davis, who lived in Virginia Beach, felt ill while visiting his parents in Atlanta about two weeks earlier. Doctors had informed him he had advanced abdominal cancer.

Born in Chattanooga, Tenn., Mr. Davis graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1988.

He worked for the Knoxville Journal-Express as a general assignment reporter, then as a business writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press and the Tennessean in Nashville.

Mr. Davis came to the Pilot in 2000. About a year later, he won a first-place award for business writing from the Virginia Press Association for breaking news. He had written about a planned Ford assembly plant expansion six months before the company wanted to discuss it.

“He could do a darn good job on almost any story,” said Pilot business editor Bill Choyke, who also worked with Mr. Davis at the Tennessean. “He was a good, solid reporter and a go-to guy.”

“He was a pit bull,” said Pilot investigations editor Carl Fincke, who hired Mr. Davis when he was the newspaper’s business editor.

Mr. Davis is survived by his parents, Rita and William Davis; a sister, Julia Schreacke; and two brothers, Stephen and Matthew Davis.

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