Carlos Watson

Journalist, founder of media company OZY, and television host

Carlos Watson is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and television host who’s earned praise for his ability to persuade high-profile guests to open up about a wide range of topics on camera.

Disillusioned with seeing the same headlines repeated across every major news outlet every day, Watson cofounded OZY Media in 2013. The daily digital magazine uncovers the people and trends set to go big tomorrow. OZY has since grown into a diversified media company producing chart-topping podcasts, festivals, and compelling television shows. Watson is the host of OZY's primetime TV shows including The Contenders, Third Rail With OZY, Breaking Big, Take On America, Black Women OWN the Conversation and Defining Moments.

Despite childhood setbacks, Watson’s curiosity helped him persevere. After graduating with honors from Harvard University he attended law school at Stanford University, where he was editor of the Stanford Law Review and president of the Stanford Law School Student Government. After graduation, Watson worked at McKinsey & Company before founding an education company at age 29 called Achieva College Prep Services, which he later sold to The Washington Post Co. A television news career followed, with stints as a political commentator and host at CNN and MSNBC. He is one of the youngest members on the board at NPR.


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