Senior Correspondent, The Wall Street Journal
Jacob M. Schlesinger is a senior correspondent for The Wall Street Journal where he has worked as a reporter and editor for more than 30 years.
Jake is currently based in Washington, DC, most recently covering the economic policy response to the coronavirus crisis, and the economic debates in the 2020 presidential campaign. He has also worked in the Tokyo and Detroit bureaus. Over the years, he has chronicled elections and summits, trade wars and market crashes, labor strikes, the 9/11 terror attacks in the U.S., and Japan’s March 2011 triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami, and Fukushima nuclear meltdown. Jake has been the Journal’s Tokyo bureau chief, deputy Washington bureau chief, and global financial regulation editor.
He is the author of “Shadow Shoguns: The Rise and Fall of Japan’s Postwar Political Machine”, published in 1997 by Simon & Schuster. While writing that book, he was a fellow at Stanford’s Asia-Pacific Research Center. He was later a Stigler Center Journalist in Residence at the University of Chicago.
Jake was a member of the Journal team winning the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting on the dot-com bubble and crash. In 2014, he was given Stanford’s Shorenstein Journalism Award, presented annually to a reporter helping global audiences understand the complexities of the Asia-Pacific region.
Jake grew up in East Lansing, Michigan, and has a BA in economics from Harvard. He lives in Washington with his wife, Louisa Rubinfien, a professor of Japanese history. They have two daughters, one a recent college graduate working in politics, the other an undergraduate studying physics.