Author, entrepreneur, activist, producer, television show host, and decorated US Army officer, he is best known for his two New York Times-bestselling books The Other Wes Moore and The Work. He hosted the OWN series Beyond Belief and the PBS series Coming Back with Wes Moore.
He attended Valley Forge Military Academy, a junior college in Pennsylvania, as well as Johns Hopkins University. He then became a Rhode Scholar at Oxford University. He began a career in finance but opted to become a paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army in Afghanistan in 2005.
He is the founder and CEO of BridgeEdU, an organization that creates an alternative to college and a gap year before attending university. It strives to soften the transition into college and ensures that students are more motivated and driven in their college endeavors.
His father Westley was a journalist and newscaster. His mother Joy was from Lowe River, Jamaica. When Moore was three years old, he witnessed his father's death. He and his mother moved from Baltimore to the Bronx. He married Dawn and they have two children, olderdaughter Mia and younger son James. They moved to Baltimore from New York City.
He received stellar reviews of his book The Work from Chelsea Clinton and Arianna Huffington. Notable appearances of his include The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, and Real Time with Bill Maher.