Professional Experience

Robert Marshall Wells is a brand strategist and marketing consultant with over 15 years of experience producing advertising for brands and helping leaders showcase their talent in the business world.  His expertise includes producing and reporting for broadcast television networks and top U.S. daily newspapers.

Part-Time Reporter/Producer - ABC affiliate station KDRV Newswatch 12 // Summers from 2006 - present

Medford, Oregon

Reporter - The Seattle Times // June 2002 - June 2004

Seattle, Washington

Covered higher education.

Freelance Writer/Independent Journalist - The Seattle Times // 1999 - 2011

Gig Harbor, Washington

Business Reporter and Weekly Columnist - The Seattle Times // 1998 - 1999

Seattle, Washington

Editorial Writer and Columnist - The News Tribune // 1997 - 1998

Tacoma, Washington

National Legislative and Political Reporter - Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report magazine // 1994 - 1997

Washington, D.C.

Covered Capitol Hill and the White House.

Political Commentator - Congressional Satellite Public Affairs Network (C-SPAN) // 1996

Covered topics including the 1996 election cycle; education issues; labor policy; the budget and appropriations.

 

Political Analyst - "Dave Ross Show" // January 1995

Seattle, Washington

104th Congress for the live, daily AM radio talk program broadcast by CBS affiliate KIRO, Seattle.

Guest Commentator - National Public Radio // February - May 1995

Provided coverage of U.S. House of Representatives hearings on proposals to repeal federal Affirmative Action programs. 

Guest Commentator - TVW // 1993-1994

Provided running commentary of Washington state’s cable public affairs channel, during the regular session of the 1993-94 Washington State Legislature.

Co-host and Producer - "Market Street" // 1990 - 1991

Washington, D.C.

Produced and co-hosted a weekly, 30-minute cable show focused on regional economic and political events and taped in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. Guests included U.S. Members of Congress, Virginia elected officials and local business leaders and other prominent newsmakers. 

Political Reporter - The News Tribune // 1991 - 1994

Tacoma, Washington

Business Editor - The Reston Times, Arundel Newspapers // 1990 - 1991

Reston, Va., Fairfax Division

News Intern - The News Tribune // June - August 1990

Tacoma, Washington

Outreach Specialist - American University // 1989 - 1990

Washington, D.C.

Worked on Return-to-School Programs at Office of Continuing Studies.

Vice President of Marketing and Communication - Communication Services International // 1989 - 1990

Chantilly, Virginia

Directed the advertising and marketing activities of this $10 million annual revenue telecommunications contracting firm. Supervised a staff of three. Reported directly to company president and chairman. 

PR/Marketing Specialist - AT&T Communications // 1984 - 1989

Reston, Virginia

Provided business-to-business marketing and public relations support to two senior managers responsible for managing relationships with 200 equipment and services vendors in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Credit Representative - GTE Business Communications // 1983 - 1984

Reston, Virginia

Responsible for business to business credit collections from firms in Mid-Atlantic Region.

Secondary Marketing Specialist - United Savings Bank // 1982 - 1983

Vienna, Virginia

Responsible for packaging conventional mortgage loans into $1 million security instruments for sale in the secondary market to organizations such as the Government National Mortgage Association (GNMS) and Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA).

Branch Manager - United Savings Bank // 1980 - 1982

Vienna, Virginia

Supervised a staff of 10, including loan officers, assistant managers and tellers, at the main office of this thrift in Northern Virginia.

Other Activities

Moderator - The News Tribune // 2005 - 2006

Moderated panel discussions, “The Class of 2005" and "The Class of 2006", for high-achieving high school students in the South Puget Sound Region.

Facilitator - American Society of News Editors and The News Tribune // March 2005

Facilitated the panel discussion, "Newspapers and Credibility,” for news consumers ages 18-34.

Moderator - Society of Professional Journalists, Pacific Lutheran University Student Chapter // October 2004

Tacoma, Washington

Moderated the panel discussion, “News Media and the 2004 Elections"

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