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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I had the privilege of working with John for almost seven years at the Wall Street Journal and the thrill of reading him for many more.

We worked together on a few media stories, but mostly like everyone else, I admired him from afar. At a paper full of big egos that needed constant massaging and praising, he was a workhorse.

Those types are becoming fewer and fewer as our industry dries up and every reporter is more concerned about their brand rather than their beat.

He will be missed.

Joe Flint
WSJ 1999-2006

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