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About Wells Fargo Stories

Wells Fargo Stories is an online journal that brings the company to life by focusing on our team members, our customers, and our communities. These are real stories about how we help our customers succeed, help our communities thrive, and live the Vision, Values & Goals of Wells Fargo, every day.

Meet Our Authors

Tanya Abrams

Tanya Abrams

My journalism career has allowed me to work alongside some of the best storytellers in the business, from the Los Angeles Times to The New York Times. In everything I do, my work has always prioritized two objectives: to share stories about the human experience and to empower others with the tools they need to live better lives.

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Brittany Anthony

Brittany Anthony

I’ve always had a passion for writing. It started when I wrote my first children’s book at age 7, and has continued throughout my life and career. At Wells Fargo, I focus on telling and promoting inspiring stories about small business owners. Whether I’m pitching ideas to the news media, writing a speech or interviewing small business customers — it always starts with a story … and I love helping tell it!

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Michele Ashley

Michele Ashley

While some people can talk for hours, I can write for hours. In every stage of my life, I have always been involved in an activity where I can fulfill my passion for writing — whether it was crafting speeches in high school, serving as editor-in-chief of my alma mater, Loyola Marymount University’s yearbook, or producing segments for TV stations.

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Marianne Babal

Marianne Babal

I have been aboard the stagecoach for over 20 years as a corporate historian. Earlier, I worked for the National Park Service and as a consultant in preservation and cultural resource projects. When not bicycling through the hills of Marin County, California, I also serve on the board of my hometown historical society in Mill Valley.

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Hector Batista

Hector Batista

Every day, for the past 20 years, I’ve been fortunate to create narratives while using the moving image. I’ve worked in newsrooms in New York City and Los Angeles, and what stays with me are the people I meet. I’m excited to join the Wells Fargo family and to document their amazing stories.

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Alyssa Bentz

Alyssa Bentz

I am a Wells Fargo historian. Every day, I dig into old papers to look for untold stories. I work with a group of passionate people to find new, engaging ways to share the company’s history. Outside of work, I enjoy playing video games, practicing archery, and walking in California’s open-space parks.

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Mary Berg

Mary Berg

The first real job I had was as a writer for a weekly newspaper. Nearly 30 years later, I still look back fondly on that job because it was there that I learned the power of good storytelling. As a Wells Fargo communicator, my role is to tell our story of commitment to diversity and inclusion and the many ways that we provide support in diverse communities across the nation and abroad.

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Elyse Berkowitz

Elyse Berkowitz

I joined Wells Fargo to tell the inspiring stories of Wells Fargo and its team members. Previously, I worked at the Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C., where I served as a liaison in the executive office and managed the Voting Information Project’s online presence.

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Emily Best

Emily Best

We impact lives with the stories we tell through oral history and visual arts. I want the videos I produce to tell stories that will make the world a better place for all people. My passions are community service, environmental preservation, and small business development.

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Taylor H. Blanchard

Taylor H. Blanchard

Ever since I attended a young writer’s workshop in Hampton, Virginia, in the 6th grade, where I wrote a short story about a haunted house, I’ve been drawn to writing. One of the favorite parts of my job is talking to people from across Wells Fargo — a diverse group of team members with a range of interests and passions.

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Richard Burnett

Richard Burnett

My love affair with words began when I was child as my parents surrounded me with the magic of books and stories. My love of writing came naturally as I discovered the joy of making words come alive for others. My career as a writer found expression first in a journalism career and next, in corporate news and storytelling for Wells Fargo.

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Wells Fargo’s Allison Chin-Leong

Allison Chin-Leong

As a communications advisor for Wells Fargo Investment Institute, I work with our top investment strategists. The strategists help investors understand what is happening now and how to prepare for what may be on the horizon. Building our customers’ investment knowledge can better help them achieve their financial goals.

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Erik Davidson

Erik Davidson

Erik Davidson is chief investment officer for Wells Fargo Private Bank.

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Jennifer Donaldson

Jennifer Donaldson

From a young age, I was full of questions — so I was thrilled to make a career out of sharing the stories I discover. I’ve worked as a television producer for ABC, NBC, and CBS, and I’m excited to produce digital content that shares the many ways Wells Fargo works to enhance communities.

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MayKao Fredericks

MayKao Fredericks

I was born in Laos, and in 1975, my family was among the thousands of Southeast refugees who relocated as a result of several civil wars. Among the few items my mother packed was one large metal spoon made from recycled warplanes because she wasn’t sure if there would be any spoons in the U.S. This humble beginning inspires my work — to believe in human kindness, a sense of community, and the American Dream.

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David Harris

David Harris

I’ve been a writer for over 30 years, from newspaper reporter to foreign correspondent to communications positions in high-tech, energy and financial services. Love of the written word and curiosity about people are the two threads that tie my career together. At Wells Fargo, I work with an amazing team in Wealth and Investment Management, where there are great opportunities to communicate how investing and planning can make a difference in people’s lives.

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Sara Harrison

Sara Harrison

I have been a video storyteller for more than 30 years, starting my career in sports television with ABC Sports. I have worked as a video producer and director for ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN, and other broadcast sports networks, covering the Olympics, college basketball, tennis, and golf — telling “up close and personal” stories about athletes. Now I am thrilled to share great stories about Wells Fargo.

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Steve Kline

Steve Kline

I was raised by Depression-era parents in northeast Ohio, where the Cuyahoga River caught on fire when I was 12. I majored in TV production and minored in English at Ohio University. I’ve been a floor sweeper, camera operator, studio super, writer, producer, director, and production company owner. Now I lead our video storytelling group, and delight in socially sharing Wells Fargo’s most visual stories.

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Kathleen Llewellyn

Kathleen Llewellyn

I began telling stories with video when I was a teenager and my family would gather annually for family reunions. I loved the way the marriage of sound and image could evoke emotions. I earned my news and field producing stripes as a producer for NBC News Channel. After the arrival of my daughter, I moved to Wells Fargo. I love sharing stories about the many ways our company is making a difference in communities.

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Michael McCoy

Michael McCoy

I’ve been with the company for 17 years and never ceased to be amazed at the stories that take place each and every day. I have a passion for motivating and inspiring others through storytelling. In addition to my ‘day job,’ I am also the executive sponsor for Wells Fargo’s PRIDE Team Member Network in Greater Washington, D.C. When I’m not at work, I enjoy being outside, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

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Kristi Mitchem, head of Wells Fargo Asset Management

Kristi Mitchem

I believe a good story creates an effect that is both cerebral and emotional. A good story is often inspiring simply because of the way it makes you feel. In the business I lead — Wells Fargo Asset Management — we strive to help our clients write their own stories of financial well-being.

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Jessica Pacek

Jessica Pacek

While I’ve always loved telling stories, I realized I was meant to do it professionally after interviewing and writing about people in Ireland on a study abroad trip in 2006. I’ve been fortunate to continue my passion for storytelling as a former print journalist in Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina — and by being able to tell Wells Fargo’s great stories today.

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Mariana Phipps

Mariana Phipps

My parents encouraged my sister and me at an early age to tell stories, learn from stories, and share the stories that help us grow. For this, I needed to learn how to be a good listener and to empathize. I can’t believe that now I’m a professional storyteller. My mom says that we all are storytellers. Our collective stories make our world more colorful, and I am proud to contribute to that palette.

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Vince Scanlon

Vince Scanlon

I love telling stories, and believe there is a story surrounding everything. I spent more than 15 years as a journalist, and am fortunate to continue to have a platform to write about others and their lives as the director of public relations for Wells Fargo Private Bank of Wells Fargo Wealth and Investment Management.

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Larry Strong

Larry Strong

My high school guidance counselor was the first person to suggest a career in journalism. This was during the post-Watergate era, when investigative journalism was the rage. So off to Iowa State University I went, writing all sorts of stories on that old yellow carbon-copy paper, on a manual typewriter, with the traditional #-30-# at the bottom! More than 30 years later (with newspaper and corporate communications gigs along the way), here I am.

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Wayne Thompson

Wayne Thompson

From interviewing an astronaut for my Roanoke, Virginia, middle school’s newspaper in the 1970s to the work I do today at Wells Fargo, I enjoy creating “aha” moments for readers that tell them something they didn’t know. As the bank that helped link East and West and whose lineage includes a role in the birth of the American stock market, Wells Fargo is a treasure trove of untold stories.

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Elisa Tomich

Elisa Tomich

In my 20 years as a journalist and communicator, I've loved taking readers places they wouldn’t otherwise see, whether a classroom in an underserved school, or rush hour in an air traffic control tower. I gravitate toward stories that empower and build empathy, and serve as a window into the communities where we work and live.

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Matt Wadley

Matt Wadley

Throughout my 15-year career in communications, I’ve always found the most satisfaction in the creative side of writing. And in a world with so much division, I think a wonderful aspect of storytelling is helping people see themselves in the experiences of others. I’m excited to help share and bring to life the remarkable stories of my colleagues, our customers, and our communities here on Wells Fargo Stories.

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Dustin Wilson

Dustin Wilson

Blending a passion for people and aesthetic creativity, I have been fortunate to share compelling multimedia stories from across the country. I enjoy immersing viewers into inspirational stories. I’ve worked in several newsrooms — most recently at NBC Charlotte. It’s exciting to join the Wells Fargo team at a time when storytelling is evolving in our social landscape. When I’m not creating content, you’ll find me with my wife and kids and exploring the outdoors.

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