Rob Wells is a lecturer
and consultant for the University of South Carolina
School of Journalism and Mass Communications. In the
spring 2012 semester, Wells was a Reynolds Visiting
Professor and taught two business journalism classes
under a program sponsored by The Donald W. Reynolds
National Center for Business Journalism and the University
of South Carolina.
He was deputy bureau chief of the Dow Jones Newswires/Wall
Street Journal Washington bureau until November 2011,
where he organized and edited real-time news coverage
in the nation's capital.
Wells also had managed the 22-person Newswires Washington
bureau since December 2006. He joined Dow Jones Newswires
in May 2002 as deputy bureau chief, where he covered
tax policy, oversaw election coverage and assisted
in running the news bureau.
Beginning in 2010, Wells served as an adjunct professor
at the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism at the
University of Maryland, where he taught a reporting
class. He is teaching a reporting class at College
Park this fall.
Before coming to Dow Jones, Wells covered tax and
banking policy for Bloomberg Business News for nearly
four years. He also worked for more than 11 years as
a reporter for the Associated Press, in Carson City,
Nev.; Fresno, Calif.; Pikeville, Ky.; New York City;
and Washington, D.C.
Wells earned a bachelor’s degree in government
with a minor in English from California State University,
Sacramento, in 1984. He is pursuing his graduate studies
in the Great Books at St. John's College in Annapolis.
A marathon runner and jazz bass student, Wells lives
in Crownsville with his wife, Deborah St. Coeur, where
they maintain a substantial jazz and blues music library.