David Wessel

David WesselDavid Wessel is a senior fellow in economic studies at Brookings and director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy, the mission of which is to improve the quality of fiscal and monetary policies and public understanding of them. He joined Brookings in December 2013 after 30 years on the staff of The Wall Street Journal, where, most recently, he was economics editor and wrote the weekly “Capital” column. He is a contributing correspondent to The Wall Street Journal, appears frequently on NPR’s Morning Edition, and tweets often at @davidmwessel.

Mr. Wessel is the author of two New York Times bestsellers: In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke’s War on the Great Panic (Crown Business, 2009) and Red Ink: Inside the High-Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget (Crown Business, 2012). He has shared two Pulitzer Prizes, one in 1984 for a Boston Globe series on the persistence of racism in Boston and the other in 2003 for Wall Street Journal stories on corporate scandals. Mr. Wessel is a member of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Data Users Advisory Committee. He teaches in the Dartmouth Tuck School of Business Global 2030 executive education program and has been a visiting journalism professor at Princeton University.

A native of New Haven, Connecticut, and a product of its public schools, Mr. Wessel is a 1975 graduate of Haverford College. He was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism at Columbia University in 1980–81.

Mr. Wessel has received honoraria for speaking from NMS Management, Tudor Investment Corp., Carlyle Group, and Nomura Securities International Inc.


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