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Ken Wells (1999)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1999-07-07

Duration: 00:25:48

Subjects: Wells, Ken | Journalists | Authors | Wall street journal | Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, Alaska, 1989 | Jackson, Michael, 1958-2009.


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Wells, Ken Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from July 7, 1999, features an interview with Ken Wells conducted by Gus Weill. Wells, a native of Houma, is an award-winning journalist and author. He spent twenty-four years at “The Wall Street Journal,” including a stint as the “Page One” writer and editor. He discusses: his time at Nicholls State University; his job as a news reporter for the Houma Courier; studying for his Master’s degree in journalism at the University of Missouri; his job at the Miami Herald; his Pulitzer Prize-nominated work on Florida’s mismanagement of water resources; his move to the San Francisco office of the Wall Street Journal; covering the Exxon Valdez oil spill; his time as a foreign correspondent with the Wall Street Journal in London; his story on Michael Jackson; his role as the “Page One” editor for the Wall Street Journal in New York; the influence of the Wall Street Journal; his side passion of writing novels about Louisiana; and the uniqueness of Louisiana.