Monica Langley is a senior special writer for The Wall Street Journal. She specializes in investigative and in-depth articles for the front page.
Ms. Langley first joined The Wall Street Journal in 1983 as a reporter in New York, covering telecommunications and the breakup of AT&T. She transferred to the Washington, D.C., bureau in 1984 and covered banking, Congress and the presidential campaign of 1988. At the same time, Ms. Langley was an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, where she taught feature-writing, and at Georgetown Law School, where she taught the First Amendment and Free Press seminar.
In 1989, Ms. Langley returned to her hometown of Knoxville, Tenn., to become a partner in the law firm of Long, Ragsdale and Waters, specializing in corporate, tax, health care and nonprofit law. Ms. Langley is a member of the District of Columbia, Tennessee and U.S. Supreme Court bars.
Ms. Langley rejoined the Journal in 1996 as a reporter covering areas such as wealth and philanthropy, and Wall Street and financial services. Her investigative reports on a wide array of subjects have regularly appeared on the Journal’s front page. For example, a series of articles on tax abuses by the rich caused Congress and the IRS to outlaw the abuse, citing Ms. Langley’s work.
In addition to her work at the Journal, Ms. Langley wrote “This Mother’s Life,” a popular, first-person column for a national parenting magazine. She also was an adjunct journalism professor at Columbia University. Her bestselling book about the chairman and CEO of Citigroup, published by Simon & Schuster in 2002, was titled, “Tearing Down the Walls: How Sandy Weill Fought His Way to the Top of the Financial World … and Then Nearly Lost It All.” She also has appeared on numerous national TV and radio programs.
Ms. Langley attended Webb School in Knoxville and majored in journalism at the University of Tennessee, where she graduated in 1980 with highest honors. At UT, she was managing editor of the Daily Beacon, named a Torchbearer, and was officer of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law School in 1983, where she was an editor on law review. While in college and law school, Ms. Langley had reporting internships at The Knoxville News Sentinel, the Atlanta Constitution, the Chicago Tribune and The Wall Street Journal.