Michael Okwu is a three-time Emmy Award winning television journalist, interviewer, presenter, and media entrepreneur from the United Sates.
Most recently Michael anchored special reports for “America Tonight”, Al Jazeera America’s flagship prime-time news magazine show – the network’s version of “60 Minutes”. He previously hosted award-winning interview specials for “SoCal Connected”, the acclaimed Peabody award-winning news magazine on California Public Television.
During his time as a Los Angeles-based correspondent for NBC News he was a regular presence on “NBC Nightly News”, MSNBC, and “Today”, the country’s most popular breakfast show. His travels took him across five continents covering a remarkable range of issues and events from the election of Barack Obama to China’s rash of child abductions. And along the way… Great Britain’s parliamentary campaigns, a royal wedding, a papal conclave, and the death of Michael Jackson.
As an anchor and correspondent for CNN Michael was a steady voice from Ground Zero following the 9/11 attacks, led the network’s international coverage of the United Nations preceding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and was a regular contributor to CNN “NewsStand” where he was often cited for his disarming, sharp, and revealing conversations with both celebrities and policy-makers. Over his career, he has conducted hundreds of interviews from the serious to the lighthearted including such notable figures as U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan, Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, and David Bowie.
In 2010 Michael was Master of Ceremonies for the Global Social Business Summit led by Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, the so-called father of micro-finance. Most recently he moderated the lauded “town hall” q&a sessions with director Barry Jenkins for the Berlin premiere of “Moonlight”, the Academy Awards 2017 Best Picture winner.
A native of Nigeria, Michael is a political refugee of that nation’s Biafran War and a graduate of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He’s now re-located to Berlin, Germany to launch European based multi-platform media projects.