Monica Langley, a senior special writer at The Wall Street Journal and UT graduate, will return to the university today as the School of Journalism and Public Relations' 2003 Edward J. Meeman Lecturer.
Langley will be honored Wednesday with the Hileman Award, which is named after Don Hileman, dean of the College of Communications from the early 1970s to 1984. This award is given to an outstanding graduate of the College of Communications.
Raised in Knoxville, Langley attended Webb High School and majored in journalism at UT, where she graduated in 1980 with highest honors. At UT, she was managing editor of The Daily Beacon, named a Torchbearer and received several awards, including the prestigious Ernie Pyle award.
She graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law School in 1983, where she was an editor on the law review.
While in college and law school, Langley had reporting internships at the Knoxville News Sentinel, the Atlanta Constitution, the Chicago Tribune and The Wall Street Journal.
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, 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 February 1989, Langley returned to Knoxville to become a partner in the law firm of Long, Ragsdale and Waters, specializing in corporate, tax, health care and nonprofit law. Langley is a member of the District of Columbia, Tennessee and U.S. Supreme Court bars.
Missing her first love of journalism, Langley rejoined The Wall Street Journal in June 1996 as an investigative 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 paper's front page.
A series of articles on tax abuses by the rich caused Congress and the IRS to change tax laws, citing Langley's work.
Her new book about the CEO of Citigroup was recently published by Simon & Schuster and became an instant bestseller, hitting The New York Times bestseller list its first week of release. Titled "Tearing Down the Walls: How Sandy Weill Fought His Way to the Top of the Financial World ... and Then Nearly Lost It All," the book and Langley have been featured in recent weeks on numerous TV and radio programs.
Langley lives in Manhattan with her husband, Roger Wallace, a senior producer for CBS Marketwatch, and their 4-year-old daughter, Langley Grace Wallace.
She will speak to journalism classes Monday through Wednesday and will give a presentation in The Daily Beacon newsroom Monday night at 6.