one man listens

Behind every woman is a great story.


What is ManListening?

What happens when you spend most of your life dismissing women?  If you’re award-winning investigative journalist Stuart Watson, you figure out how to change.  On the ManListening podcast, Stuart listens to strong, compelling women tell their stories. In his new memoir, Stuart tells his own funny, poignant tales about the highlights (and low points) of his wild and remarkable life. His memoir contains more than 50 photos plus dozens of links to bonus audio and video, each chapter is an immersive experience that grabs hold and does not let go.

Want to know more about Stuart Watson and ManListening?

Check out his new book  “What She Said & What I Heard”,  a recent winner of the International 2020 Platinum MarCom Award for outstanding creativity.
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Where It All Started

We are all more than our resumes. Stuart Watson’s journey began when his birth mother gave him up for adoption on the day he was born. His birth mother was a nurse focused on the treatment of addiction. His biological father, brother, and sister were all alcoholics. So was Stuart. “Alcoholism and addiction are in my DNA,” he says. He continues his recovery today.

Stuart, a veteran investigative reporter, had made his living for more than three decades by researching, thinking, interviewing, and…talking. Most people would say he was incredibly successful. He won three Peabody Awards for excellence in broadcasting, and two DuPont Columbia Silver Baton awards, one of the most prestigious honors in journalism. Stuart was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a former board member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. Collectively, he has spent more than 30 years in television, most recently at WCNC NBC 6 in Charlotte. Although he achieved great success in his chosen career, Stuart also knows how it feels to be fired.

His last television station gave him less than an hour’s notice before security asked him to turn over his ID. “I completely identified with my title,” he says. “When someone asked a version of, ‘Who are you?’ I’d say I was the investigative reporter at NBC Charlotte, right up until I wasn’t.” At that moment, he wondered if being a reporter was all he was, or if there was more to him than these circumstances. His answers were another reason he started ManListening.

ManListenting – Because Her Story’s Important

One Man Listens

Stuart was proud of his work, but his focus had been talking. Not listening. The turning point for Stuart was the conversation between him and his wife, Lorraine, while walking towards a sunny, Florida beach. She said something that would change his life: “Sweetheart, you are not an empathic listener.” She said he didn’t listen to understand other people’s feelings or empathize with them. Then the woman who knew him best gently added, “You’re particularly dismissive of women.”

Now, Stuart is committed to listening in a podcast featuring the stories of strong women on how they have bounced back from challenges and found meaning in their lives. “When I started listening, I heard things I’d never heard before,” Stuart says. On ManListening, you will, too. Where one man listens for the first time in his life. Because behind every woman is a great story just waiting to be heard.

Stuart’s most significant accomplishments and greatest joys are being a husband and father of four. He brings that and all his life experiences to his role as creator of ManListening.

Read More About Stuart Watson



Stuart Watson founded ManListening as a media company dedicated to hearing women share their remarkable stories of resilience. He produces the weekly ManListening podcast with a fresh conversation every Thursday. His memoir, “What She Said & What I Heard: How One Man Shut Up and Started Listening,” is due out in late 2020.  Books, Speaking Engagement, and Podcasts … No matter how you consume information, Stuart has you covered!

If you’ve never listened to a single podcast, if you don’t know what they are, this is a great place to open a window on a whole new world.

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I’m sick of hearing from men, too.  I’m sorry but I just am.  I’ve been burned so many times that I am done. This not just one more member of the patriarchy Mansplaining women to themselves.

Who needs a man to do this when there are already plenty of good women doing it? Fair question. If you hate all men, there’s not much getting around the premise of ManListening, where one man listens to women, one at a time. If you’re ever open to hearing a different kind of male voice, one not afraid of shutting up and being wrong and trying to do better, we’ll be here.