I’m Tish Wells, a freelance reporter based in Washington, D.C., but a world wanderer both literally and figuratively. I’ve lived in Asia and Europe; my interests are as diverse as Asian art, museums, antiques, architecture, history, terrorism, television, the Internet, cooking, archives and anything I feel should be covered but isn’t.
This includes ‘geek’ culture from Star Wars to BBC America to Steampunk all of which are cultural elements that have moved from niche culture to mainstream (Hello Big Bang Theory). All of these deserve respect because they are as important to their fans as any sports team would be to a mainstream audience. My interest started with my first convention in 1975 and has continued.
I’ve covered “Star Wars,” “The Clone Wars,” “Sherlock,” generations of “Doctor Who,” BBC’s new “The Musketeers,” “Foyle’s War” and “Ripper Street.” I’ve had the luck of speaking with George Lucas and Sue Vertue and the ever-charming Ashley Eckstein.
I’ve also written about 9/11 changes to modern architecture, the hidden greenhouses at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and how to find the hidden cats at the Freer Gallery of Art. I’ve reviewed fiction and non-fiction, cookbooks, graphic novels and anything that interested me.
I worked for 13 years at USA Today and 16 years at the McClatchy Washington Bureau (formerly Knight-Ridder) where my work went out of the McClatchy-Tribune, now Tribune newswire.
I couldn’t find an email address to email you, Tish, so I’m sending you the info here. The new Smithsonian Photo Talks is happening Thursday, Feb 21: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/smithsonian-magazine-presents-phototalks-from-the-front-tickets-56660021650?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text