Kathryn M. Welling graduated in 1974 with a B.S. from the Medill School of Journalism of Northwestern University. The “Woodstein” wannabe joined Dow Jones & Co. as a copyreader for the AP-Dow Jones wire service. In 1976, Kate talked her way into an editing job at the Wall Street Journal, but left the paper later that same year when Alan Abelson offered her the opportunity to report and write full-time for the Barron’s. In December 1981, Abelson promoted Kate to assistant to the editor and claimed the managing editor title in February 1983. Kate relinquished the managing editor’s post at the magazine at the end of 1991 to take an extended maternity leave after the birth of her second child. She re-joined Barron’s in May 1992.
In 1999, Weeden & Co. LP CEO Barry Small offered Kate the opportunity to create an independent research service in association with that respected institutional brokerage firm. The first issue of welling@weeden, her biweekly journal of investment news analysis and research, featuring Kate’s trademark interrogatory journalism, was distributed to clients of her partners at Weeden. As the advantages of electronic distribution grew, Kate quickly transformed welling@weeden into a secure web-based service, through which she consistently delivers incisive, independent market intelligence, analysis and perspective to clients who are institutional investors and savvy market pros.