We were stunned to learn a couple of days ago of top Bloomberg investigative reporter Mark Pittman’s death.

As I told his friend and colleague Bob Ivry for the extremely well-done obituary, “What a funny guy — huge personality. Mark was my favorite reporter working. In a time when too much journalism is timid or co-opted, Mark personified the whole ‘afflict the comfortable’ tenet of the business. Mark’s passing is a huge loss for journalism at a time when we can least afford it.”

We’ll have more on Pittman next week, but until then read this Audit Interview we did with him in February. We’ve added some links there pointing to more of his work.

UPDATE: Here’s Dean Starkman writing on The Pittman Way, and here’s me on his Moral Force.

Ryan Chittum is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and deputy editor of The Audit, CJR's business section. If you see notable business journalism, give him a heads-up at rc2538@columbia.edu.