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Wes Moore is an Army combat veteran, national bestselling author, and social entrepreneur. His first book, The Other Wes Moore, became an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller as a story that conveys the importance of individual decisions as well as community support. He is also the host of “Beyond Belief” on the Oprah Winfrey Network and Executive Producer and host of “Coming Back with Wes Moore” on PBS.

Wes graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Valley Forge Military College in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001. He completed an MLitt in International Relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004. Upon graduation, Wes served as a paratrooper and Captain in the United States Army, participating in a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division.

While a student at Johns Hopkins he founded STAND!, which works with Baltimore youth involved in the criminal justice system and still exists today. He has been featured by USA Today, People Magazine, “Meet the Press,” “The Colbert Report”, “The View,” MSNBC, and NPR, among many others.

More recently, Wes is now the Founder and CEO of BridgeEdU, an innovative college completion platform that addresses the college completion and career placement crisis by reinventing the Freshman Year in a way that engages students in real-world internships and service learning opportunities. He is also the author of The Work, to be released in January, which chronicles Wes’s journey to discover meaning in his work and how he found that meaning in service. Wes is committed to helping young people redirect their lives and supporting the parents, teachers, mentors and volunteers who care for, and work with, our nation’s youth. A portion of the proceeds from sales of The Other Wes Moore are being donated to the U.S. Dream Academy and City Year.

Entries by Wes Moore

From the Classroom to Kabul: Why Education Matters

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 7:14 PM

How can communities support at-risk students?

It's a question that I am frequently asked and one that hits home, because I was once that student. Furthermore, it is an especially poignant question when one considers the fact that some 1.3 million high school students drop out of school, each...

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No More National Conversations

(69) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 12:50 PM

I remember where I was when I heard the verdict. More importantly I remember the emotions that flowed through me. Anger, disappointment, fear. And it was not just from the verdict, but more importantly from what the verdict meant. The verdict simultaneously confirmed the durability and fickleness of our legal...

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Beyond Belief

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 6:24 PM

We currently live in an environment where the only thing that trumps the frustration so many of us feel about our economic and civil environment is cynicism about our ability to solve many of these issues. Living in this haze can sometime trick us into forgetting that we are surrounded...

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Why We Can't Incarcerate Our Way Out of Crisis

(8) Comments | Posted August 4, 2011 | 9:00 AM

To be a state or local elected official is an extremely difficult task. With the mutual demands of meeting the needs of your constituency while also balancing a constrained budget, the federal government's flexibility in navigating expenditure limits and "debt ceilings" is not part of the municipal toolbox. Therefore, intellectual...

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In Search of the Image That Satisfies

(68) Comments | Posted May 4, 2011 | 10:23 AM

Osama bin Laden is dead.

The faces of our friends and colleagues who we lost because of his murderous ideology and actions are, and will always be, seared into our hearts. Americans who ran inside of the towers as they were falling, who fought to retake a hijacked plane, who...

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The Legacy of Father's Day Without a Father

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2010 | 12:48 PM

On Father's Day, I know I'm not alone as my mind reverts to thinking about an absence, rather than celebrating a presence. Like too many other young men and women around the country, I grew up without a father. Instead, I relied on my mother -- along with grandparents, aunts,...

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