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David Wessel is economics editor of The Wall Street Journal and writes the "Capital” column, a weekly look at the economy and forces shaping living standards around the world. He also appears frequently on National Public Radio and WETA’s Washington Week. His book, In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke’s War on the Great Panic, was selected by strategy+business magazine as one of the Best Business Books of 2009. This book was one of 6 finalists for the Financial Times Business Book of the year 2009, as well as selected as one of the "100 Notable Books of 2009" by the New York Times.
David joined The Wall Street Journal in 1984 in Boston, and moved to Washington in 1987, where he was deputy bureau chief until assuming his current job in September 2007. In 1999 and 2000, he served as the newspaper’s Berlin bureau chief.
He previously worked for the Boston Globe, the Hartford (Conn.) Courant and Middletown (Conn.) Press. A 1975 graduate of Haverford College, he was Knight Bagehot Fellow in Business & Economics Journalism at Columbia University in 1980- 81.
David 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. He is the co-author, with Wall Street Journal reporter Bob Davis, of Prosperity, a 1998 book on the American middle class.
He and his wife, Naomi Karp, senior policy advisor at AARP’s Public Policy Institute, have two children, Julia and Ben.
David is a member of the advisory board of the Journal of Economic Perspectives. He has served as on the board of trustees of Temple Sinai in Washington, the Committee for Economic Development’s Research Advisory Board and the advisory board of the Columbia University’s Community College Research Center.