Tish Wells is the Washington Bureau researcher, Web mistress, video editor and reporter. Growing up in Hong Kong and Japan, she graduated from Pratt Institute in New York. Tish holds a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Maryland in College Park. Along with working in law firms, the National Library of Medicine and as a freelance book researcher, she served as a senior librarian at USA Today and Gannett News Service for more than a dozen years before joining Knight Ridder in 1999.
While working at USA Today she worked on major packages about the black church fires and death of children in schools. At Knight-Ridder and McClatchy, she has worked on many packages including the Guantanamo:Beyond the Law, Iraq Intelligence and September 11th anniversary.
Working with former Knight Ridder correspondents Sumana Chatterjee and Sudarsan Raghavan, Wells won a 2002 Overseas Press Club award for Best International Reporting on Human Rights for an examination of child slave labor in the chocolate industry, entitled "A Taste of Slavery." In 2005, she and correspondent Jonathan Landay won an Award of Distinction from the Medill School of Journalism for the story "Iraqi exiles fed false information to news media."
On the lighter side, she has interviewed George Lucas, Benedict Cumberbatch and director Alison Klayman. She now covers popular culture, trends and Washington events as well as being a web editor on McClatchyDC.com.
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