David Wessel Leaving The Wall Street Journal For Brookings Institute

David Wessel (image via Twitter)

David Wessel (image via Twitter)

The Wall Street Journal‘s economics editor David Wessel is going to the Brookings Institute, where he will direct the new Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy. 

This morning, the Brookings Institute announced the establishment of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy. Mr. Wessel will be the founding director. Mr. Wessel, who has been at the Journal since 1983, will still contribute to the Journal, according to a note that editor in chief Gerry Baker sent to staff this morning. 

Mr. Baker’s note to Journal staff below:


David Wessel is leaving The Wall Street Journal to take on a new role at the Brookings Institute. In his new role, he will continue to contribute to The Wall Street Journal regularly. 

David joined The Wall Street Journal in 1983 in Boston and moved to the Washington bureau in 1987 where he currently works.  He has served as Berlin bureau chief, deputy Washington bureau chief and economics editor and has been writing the weekly Capital column for more than a decade.  He was a member of the Journal team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for explanatory reporting for a series on corporate wrongdoing.

David has been a revered institution at The Wall Street Journal for decades. His contributions to the Journal’s economics coverage have been peerless. I am deeply grateful to him for all he has done over 30 years in journalism, I wish him all the very best in his new venture and I look forward to enjoying the fruits of future collaboration between us.


David Wessel Leaving <em>The Wall Street Journal</em> For Brookings Institute