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Josh Levs is an entrepreneur, business consultant, former CNN and NPR journalist, and activist for gender equality. His book All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses—And How We Can Fix It Together won the Nautilus Gold award, and cemented him as the leading global expert on modern fathers in the workplace.

The United Nations named him a Global Champion of Gender Equality. (Watch his opening remarks at the U.N.) The Financial Times named him one of the world's top 10 male feminists. A New York Times front-page story declared him “a pioneer.” He has testified in Congress and won a debate on feminism at Oxford.

Levs spent 20 years reporting for NPR and CNN, where he developed unique expertise on fact checking. He also covered technology and numerous other topics. On TV, he has been called “Truth Seeker in Chief,” “Mr. Reality,” and “Senior Everything Correspondent.” Online, he wrote many of the top stories on the world’s biggest issues.

After becoming a father, Levs also began covering modern families and disproving myths about dads, through on-air segments and columns online. He then stepped into a different sort of global spotlight by taking legal action against Time Warner (CNN’s parent company) for fair parental leave so he could care for his preemie daughter and sick wife. The company ultimately embraced his call, revolutionizing its policy.

Levs works with businesses and organizations to build policies and cultures that support men as equal caregivers, a crucial step toward ensuring equal career opportunities to women—all while increasing profits. He also keynotes summits and events across the globe, and lectures at prestigious universities such as Yale, Stanford, Harvard, and Wharton.

Levs also delivers motivational speeches on “achieving the impossible.” In his popular TEDx Talk, he tells the story of creating his own career, overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and reaping the rewards.

As a journalist, he received many of the highest honors in his field, including six Peabody Awards, two Edward R. Murrow Awards, and awards from the AP, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists, and more. A scholarship was awarded in his name at his alma mater, Yale.

Levs lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three children.


What inspires you to do the work you do?

My kids and all the people I meet at events around the world who are dedicated to truth and justice.

What books are on your nightstand?

I’m all about audio books these days. Non-fiction. Usually the most current books on politics, the economy and more. But right now, A People’s History of the United States.

On Sunday afternoons, you can find me...

Attempting to get my daughter to let me fall asleep while reading to her.