David Kesmodel founded DLK Research in 2016 following a two-decade career in journalism, including 11 years at The Wall Street Journal.
He most recently served as deputy bureau chief in Chicago for the Journal, editing articles about food and agriculture and helping to manage a team of six reporters. David helped reporters land stories on The Wall Street Journal‘s Page One, Business & Technology and Money & Investing sections, and he helped spearhead and report articles on major financial-news events, including the Kraft-Heinz deal in 2015 and the takeover of Smithfield Foods by China’s Shuanghui International Holdings in 2013.
From 2007 to 2011, David covered the alcohol, tobacco and food industries for the Journal as a reporter, breaking stories on such major deals as the breakup of Fortune Brands and writing Page One features on topics including the explosion of electronic cigarettes and the takeover of U.S. beer titan Anheuser-Busch by InBev.
As a technology reporter for the Journal’s online edition in 2005 and 2006, David stumbled onto a new boom in Internet domain names and briefly left the company to write a book on investors in web addresses called “The Domain Game.”
The winner of several national and regional business-journalism awards, David also has written for Denver’s Rocky Mountain News, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Los Angeles Times, the Kansas City Star and The Herald-Times of Bloomington, Ind.
Born in Austin, Texas, David earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Indiana University, receiving Phi Beta Kappa honors, and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife and daughters.