Rebecca Smith (journalist)

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Rebecca Smith is a reporter in the Los Angeles, California, bureau of the Wall Street Journal.

Early life and education[edit]

Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska. She obtained her bachelor's degree, Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, from the University of Washington. She later received her master's degree from Mills College.


Smith started her career in journalism in 1977 as a reporter and photographer for the Friday Harbor Journal. A year later she joined the Daily Oklahoman where she served as a copy editor. In 1985 she moved to the Oakland Tribune reporting on business and in 1992 she worked for the San Jose Mercury News as a reporter where she was responsible for covering consumer issues. From 1998 - 1999 she was a consumer affairs reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. Smith began working for The Wall Street Journal in August 1999.

She and colleague John R. Emshwiller shared responsibility for the unfolding Enron scandal in 2001, scoring many journalistic coups in the process. They later collaborated on a book on the subject called 24 Days.

Honors and awards[edit]

In 1996 she shared a Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished financial and economics reporting and in 2001 she won a Gerald Loeb Award for beat reporting for her coverage of the energy industry. She received a California Award for Excellence in economic writing and in 1990, she won a John Hancock Award for distinguished financial writing.[1]


  1. ^ "Rebecca Smith". UCLA Anderson School of Management. Retrieved 2 October 2013.