Wes Moore

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Wes Moore
Wes Moore credit Amunankhra House Ltd.jpg
Born (1978-10-15) October 15, 1978 (age 36)
Maryland, USA
Nationality United States
Other names Wez
Alma mater Valley Forge Military Academy and College
Johns Hopkins University
University of Oxford
Occupation Social Entrepreneur
Public Speaker
Youth Advocate
Known for National Service

Wes Moore (born October 15, 1978) is an American author, businessman, and U.S. Army veteran. His first book, The Other Wes Moore, became an instant New York Times bestseller.[1] Currently, he is the host of "Beyond Belief" on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Early life and education[edit]

Moore was born in Maryland in 1978. When he was three years old, his father died in front of him of acute epiglottitis. After failing in private school, Moore was sent to military school in Pennsylvania and graduated as Regimental Commander and class president.[2] Moore graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Valley Forge Military College in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity (initiated into the Sigma Sigma Chapter).[2] Moore completed a Masters of Letters in International Relations from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004.[3] He is an authority on the rise and ramifications of radical Islamism in the Western Hemisphere.[4]


Moore was a paratrooper and Captain in the United States Army, serving a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the 1st Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division in 2005–2006. He was involved in managing the American strategic support plan for the Afghan Reconciliation Program, and analyzed the rise and ramifications of radical Islamism in the Western Hemisphere. As a White House Fellow during 2006–2007, Moore served as a Special Assistant to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.[5] Moore later joined Citigroup in New York, focusing on global technology and alternative investments. Currently, he is the host of "Beyond Belief" on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

In 2000, as Moore was preparing to attend Oxford, he learned of another young man named Wes Moore who was just two years older, lived in the same neighborhood, and was heading to prison for life for the murder of an off-duty Baltimore police officer. He wrote to the other Wes Moore, and much to his surprise, received a letter back. Through visits with him in prison, and conversations with his family and friends, Moore discovered parallels between their lives.[6] Moore's book, The Other Wes Moore, released in 2010, is based on these interactions.[7] The Other Wes Moore became an instant bestseller, and has been selected as the "common read" for a number of colleges and cities.[8][9]

Moore serves on the board of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA),[10] the Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees, the Valley Forge Military Academy and College Board of Trustees, and the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation Board of Trustees.[11] He also founded STAND! through Johns Hopkins, which works with Baltimore youth involved in the criminal justice system.[12] Moore was also a featured speaker at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver [13] and addressed the crowd from Invesco Field. He has also spoken at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Business Plan Competition, Southern Regional Conference of the National Society of Educators, the education reform session of the third annual Race & Reconciliation in America conference, and the first 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Published works[edit]

  • The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates , Discovering Wes Moore (Spiegel & Grau/Random House, 2010)

Awards and honors[edit]


Moore lives with his wife Dawn and their daughter in Baltimore, Maryland.


  1. ^ Cowles, Gregory (May 7, 2010). "Inside the List". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b Valley Forge Military Academy (2010). Wes Moore '96 / '98C.
  3. ^ 40 Under 40 – Crain's New York Business Rising Stars 2009
  4. ^ Author Wes Moore: Engaging Ideas in Aspen (VIDEO) | genConnect
  5. ^ Arts and Sciences Magazine Online.
  6. ^ Donahue, Deirdre (May 7, 2010). "'The Other Wes Moore' author knows what might have been". USA Today. 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ College Common Reads: Learning From 'Wes Moore' : NPR
  9. ^ http://mayor.dc.gov/DC/Mayor/About+the+Mayor/News+Room/Mayor+Gray+Urges+All+Residents+to+Read+during+DC+Reads+Campaign
  10. ^ IAVA Action
  11. ^ Phi Theta Kappa Foundation Contacts
  12. ^ BMoreNews
  13. ^ Denver Post Aug 2008
  14. ^ "Wes Moore – 2009 40 Under 40 – Crain's New York Business Rising Stars". Crain's New York Business. 
  15. ^ "Nonfiction Book Reviews: 3/8/2010". Publishers Weekly. 2010-03-08. Retrieved 2010-03-14. Moore writes with subtlety and insight about the plight of ghetto youth, viewing it from inside and out; he probes beneath the pathologies to reveal the pressures—poverty, a lack of prospects, the need to respond to violence with greater violence—that propelled the other Wes to his doom. The result is a moving exploration of roads not taken. 
  16. ^ EBONY

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