Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress

John Wilke 2007

The Wall Street Journal

John Wilke is a reporter and news editor in the Washington bureau of The Wall Street Journal. He writes about law enforcement and government regulation, covering federal courts, the Justice Department and other agencies. The judges called Wilke’s work classic Wall Street Journal reporting Each of his in-depth stories highlighting corruption in Congress was both revelatory and pathbreaking. He wrote the definitive piece on Rep. Charles Taylor’s “shenanigans” that everyone in town was following.

In July 1989, Mr. Wilke joined the Journal as a reporter in the Boston bureau, covering technology. He moved to the Washington bureau in May 1995 and covered economics and the Federal Reserve until December 1996 when he began covering government technology policy, the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department. He was appointed to his current position in November 1999.

Mr. Wilke began his journalism career in 1983 as an intern at The Washington Post. He joined BusinessWeek as a Washington correspondent in 1984 and became a staff writer for the Boston Globe in 1986.

A native of New York, Mr. Wilke received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology from New College, Sarasota, Fla., and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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