Let's capture some of why we loved Wilke so much. As one friend of his put it:

"...write up an anecdote – some story where they watched Wilke build up into righteous anger when reporting a story... or ironing out a crease in the fabric of the Journal bureau... And someone should talk about him tearing up when he described taking his kid to college…..Or when he became nearly inconsolable when the anthrax story came back and cost him two fantastic seats at the Nats-Mets game. Describe a time he filled in for people, picked up their loads for them, counseled them, slipped them incredible sources, shared bylines... that will keep him alive and you (and the rest of us) afloat."

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A terrible loss

I am too stunned to find the right words.  Wilke was a life force, a true professional, a friend, a joyful presence. I was honored to be part of the Jake Wirth’s beer group, the Boston business journalists whom Wilke recruited and welcomed.  We competed covering the tech scene around here for several years—Digital in particular-- but my memories are of sharing a beer, laughing, telling stories, finding common ground.  I was distraught when he up and left Boston and now I am deeply saddened by his loss. He was one of the really good people and he will be missed by those lucky enough to have entered into his orbit.


Glenn Rifkin

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