Major funding for Coming Back with Wes Moore is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s (CPB) Diversity and Innovation Fund, which supports content that engages diverse viewers and encourages the use of emerging technologies to reach new audiences, and PBS.
Wes Moore – Executive Producer and Host
Wes Moore was a paratrooper and captain in the U.S. Army, serving a combat tour of dutyin 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 Reconsiliation 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. His first book, The Other Wes Moore, became a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller. He is a regular contributor to NBC News and was host of ABC's "Beyond Belief" for OWN.
Joel Olicker – Executive Producer
Joel Olicker, co-founder and CEO of Powderhouse Productions, is executive producer of Coming Back with Wes Moore. Over a three-decade career, Olicker has overseen the development and production of hundreds of hours of documentary and non-fiction programming for PBS, WGBH, Oregon Public Broadcasting, History, A&E, Discovery and other networks. A proud native of Queens, New York, he’s an alumnus of Hampshire College and the Bronx High School of Science. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children. Olicker’s father served in Europe as a U.S. Army captain during World War II.
Molly Fowler – Co-Executive Producer
Molly Fowler is an award-winning producer, director and writer for television, film and drama. She produced for ABC’s PrimeTime Live, then became a programming executive for ABC Daytime. Since then, her documentary work has been seen on Discovery, National Geographic, Lifetime, OWN and A&E. Two of her feature documentaries were developed at the Tribeca Institute and subsequently screened at the Tribeca Festival. She lived in a men’s maximum security prison to make "Serving Life" for Oprah’s Doc Club which she executive produced with Forest Whitaker and which earned, among others, Christopher and Humanitas Awards. She and Wes Moore began their collaboration on a series produced by ABC "Beyond Belief" for OWN. Her father is a Navy veteran of WWII.
Coming Back with Wes Moore is a production of Powderhouse Productions and is executive produced by Joel Olicker. Molly Fowler also served as co-executive producer for Powderhouse Productions.
Since 1994, Powderhouse Productions has been producing delicious and nutritious television for cable and broadcast networks, agencies, brands and corporations. Powderhouse is the largest independent producer of television in New England. From important documentaries to factual entertainment, Powderhouse excites, inspires and entertains viewers throughout the world.