Kate Welling latched onto a staff writing job at Barron’s in 1976; she wasn’t two years out of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, not yet 24 years old. Alan Abelson taught her everything there is to know about financial journalism, and not a few of the truly important things in life, from the basics like reading documents from the footnotes up to the ineffable art of eliciting truths in interviews, whether with corporate titans, investment pros at the pinnacles of their careers or with the scallywags inevitably found trying to pass themselves off as genuine articles to unwary investors. And Alan taught Kate how to tell those stories, engagingly, fully and fearlessly.

After more than 25 years at Barron’s, many spent as Alan’s managing editor, virtually all of them as a back-up reporter and occasional writer on his iconic column, Kate left Barron’s after putting its 1999 Roundtable issues to bed. She had been offered the opportunity to start her own investment journal, in conjunction with Weeden & Co. LP, an institutional brokerage firm. With Alan’s full-throated encouragement, she accepted the challenge. Today, the independent, subscription-supported biweekly successor to that publication, called Welling on Wall Street (www.wellingonwallst.com) is eagerly read by over 1,000 investment pros for its uncommon perspective, depth and insights into the ever-evolving maelstrom of Wall Street.