David Wessel is director of the new Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution and a contributing correspondent to the The Wall Street Journal, where he worked for 30 years as a reporter, editor and columnist until the beginning of 2014.
At the Journal, he wrote the “Capital” column, a weekly look at the economy and forces shaping living standards around the world. He appears frequently on National Public Radio.
Previously, Mr. Wessel was deputy bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal's Washington bureau. He joined The Wall Street Journal in 1984 in Boston, and moved to Washington in 1987. In 1999 and 2000, he served as the newspaper’s Berlin bureau chief. He previously worked for The Boston Globe, as well as The Hartford Courant and Middletown Press in Connecticut.
He has shared two Pulitzer Prizes, one for Boston Globe stories in 1983 on the persistence of racism in Boston and the other for stories in The Wall Street Journal in 2002 on corporate wrong-doing.
Mr. Wessel has written two best-sellers: In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic (2008) and Red Ink, a primer on the U.S. federal budget (2012.) He is also the co-author of Prosperity, a 1998 book on the American middle class.
Mr. Wessel is a trustee of Temple Sinai in Washington, D.C., and has served on the advisory committee of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, the Research Advisory Board of the Committee for Economic Development, and the advisory board of the Community College Research Center at Columbia University.
A 1975 graduate of Haverford College, he was Knight Bagehot Fellow in Business & Economics Journalism at Columbia University in 1980-81.
Heed the only common demand of readers and listeners everywhere: for Pete's sake, make it interesting. Tell me a story.
– David Wessel