|Over the conference's three days, we heard from Indiana Gov.
Mitch Daniels, Securities and Exchange Commissioner Mary Schapiro,
top executives from major corporations and The New York
Times business editor Larry Ingrassia.
Topics dissected included the intersection of business and
politics to the lingering effects of the Great Recession to
the rising big money business of college sports. More specialized
sessions focused on how journalists can use public records
and online resources to find tucked away but important stories.
On the plane ride back to Columbia, I scribbled dozens of story
ideas onto a tiny notepad.
The SABEW conference provided ample time for networking, as
well. There were receptions each evening, when the world's
top financial journalists converged for renewed friendships
and stories of lore. That is, when they weren’t crowding
the open bar and reminding me that Morrow, too, loved an open
But his mom, Emily, who greeted many of Morrow's friends with
generous wit and memories of her beloved son, shared a heartfelt
story with me that serves as a fitting end to this remembrance.
Morrow wanted to eventually move back to his beloved Palmetto
State and retire on Lake Bowen, a scenic oasis near Spartanburg.
He built a house and told her to move in until he could eventually
take over. Unfortunately, his retirement dream never came true.
We can only hope the scholarship will serve as an indelible
mark to the state he loved.