Carlos Watson is MSNBC’s hottest new star. He is known for hosting MSNBC’s dynamic daily show, “MSNBC Live with Carlos Watson,” a fast-paced news, politics and pop culture program that airs each day and features interviews with important leaders in politics, entertainment, business and sports. Carlos’ television guests have included President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Jack Welch, Eva Longoria, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Heidi Klum, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Mark Cuban and others. He is also one of MSNBC’s main political analysts and a frequent contributor and guest co-host on “Morning Joe”. Prior to joining MSNBC, Carlos co-anchored CNN’s 2004 Presidential campaign coverage alongside Wolf Blitzer, Jeff Greenfield and Larry King. He later worked with the Hearst Corporation and Warner Brothers to develop a series of primetime interview specials, “Conversations with Carlos.” Carlos won an Emmy Award for these specials in 2007.
Carlos’s success in media is built upon a broad and impressive background in business and politics. After graduating from Stanford Law School in 1995 where he was an editor of the Stanford Law Review, Carlos joined McKinsey & Company as a management consultant, advising a variety of domestic and international corporations on key strategic and operational issues. For example, while at McKinsey, he helped plan and execute a $5B merger between two major computer companies; helped restructure the operations of a $500M video game corporation; and successfully helped revitalize a $1B product line of a leading pharmaceutical company.
In 1997, Carlos left McKinsey to co-found Achieva College Prep Services, a venture-backed education company. As CEO, Carlos built Achieva into a multi-million dollar provider of college prep software, books and workshops to large school districts across the country. Carlos oversaw all aspects of the business including product development, marketing, sales and finance. He raised four rounds of capital totaling $40M from leading venture capitalists and angel investors. The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and other leading publications lauded Achieva for helping thousands of high school students across the country prepare for and apply to college. Forbes dubbed Achieva “Kaplan on steroids.” In 2002, Carlos sold Achieva to the Washington Post Company. The company continues to thrive today as a key part of the Washington Post’s education unit.
In addition to his work in business and media, Carlos has worked in politics. After graduating with honors from Harvard, Carlos served as Chief of Staff and Campaign Manager for Florida Democratic Representative Daryl Jones. He also managed President Clinton’s 1992 Election Day effort in pivotal Miami-Dade County which led to the first Democratic victory in the region in 16 years. While at Harvard, Carlos also worked for U.S. Democratic Senator Bob Graham, Miami Republican Mayor Xavier Suarez and Former DNC Chair Ron Brown.
Raised in Miami, Carlos lived in Silicon Valley for a decade and now lives in New York City. He is a former member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and is an adviser and investor in several start-ups. He is also the co-founder of an innovative educational non-profit, College Track, and a frequent speaker at universities and conferences across the globe.