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Wes Moore

Wes Moore was born in 1978 and was three years old when his father, a respected radio and tele­vi­sion host, died in front of him.  His mother, hop­ing for a bet­ter future for her fam­ily, made great sac­ri­fices to send Wes and his sis­ters to pri­vate school.  Caught between two worlds—the afflu­ence of his class­mates and the strug­gles of his neighbors—Wes began to act out, suc­cumb­ing to bad grades, sus­pen­sions, and delin­quen­cies. 

Despite his struggles, Wes grad­u­ated Phi Theta Kappa as a com­mis­sioned offi­cer from Val­ley Forge Mil­i­tary Col­lege in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Inter­na­tional Rela­tions.  At Johns Hop­kins he was hon­ored by the Mary­land Col­lege Foot­ball Hall of Fame.  He com­pleted an MLitt in Inter­na­tional Rela­tions from Oxford Uni­ver­sity as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004.

Wes, also, para­trooper and Cap­tain in the United States Army, serv­ed a com­bat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the elite 1st Brigade of the 82nd Air­borne Divi­sion in 2005–2006, spear­headed the Amer­i­can strate­gic sup­port plan for the Afghan Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Pro­gram that unites for­mer insur­gents with the new Afghan Gov­ern­ment and he is rec­og­nized as an author­ity on the rise and ram­i­fi­ca­tions of rad­i­cal Islamism in the West­ern Hemi­sphere.  A White House Fel­low from 2006–2007, Wes served as a Spe­cial Assis­tant to Sec­re­tary of State Con­doleezza Rice.

*Biography and photograph from website The Other Wes Moore

The Other Wes Moore

Two kids with the same name, liv­ing in the same city.  One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, dec­o­rated com­bat vet­eran, White House Fel­low, and busi­ness leader.  The other is serv­ing a life sen­tence in prison for felony mur­der.  Here is the story of two boys and the jour­ney of a generation.



Wes just couldn’t shake off the unset­tling coin­ci­dence, or the inkling that the two shared much more than space in the same news­pa­per.  After fol­low­ing the story of the rob­bery, the man­hunt, and the trial to its con­clu­sion, he wrote a let­ter to the other Wes, now a con­victed mur­derer serv­ing a life sen­tence with­out the pos­si­bil­ity of parole.  His let­ter ten­ta­tively asked the ques­tions that had been haunt­ing him: Who are you? How did this happen?

Colbert Report with Wes Moore

Video: The Other Wes Moore

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