Reporter and commentator on contemporary American history and culture, Moyers brilliantly exposes the nuanced textures in the fabric of American life. A gifted storyteller through words and images, Mr. Moyers reveals to us the spiritual, emotional and historical sides of our culture through his many award-winning television series and best-selling books.
During his 25 years in broadcasting Bill Moyers has pursued a broad spectrum of journalism. His current PBS Series is called "On Faith & Reason." He has been the executive editor of the highly acclaimed series, Bill Moyers' Journal, senior news analyst for the CBS Evening News, chief correspondent for the acclaimed documentary series, CBS Reports, and host of NOW with Bill Moyers.
Since establishing his independent production company Public Affairs Television in 1986, Mr. Moyers has created some of the most powerful and transforming pieces of our time. Most notable among them are Genesis, Facing Hate with Elie Wiesel, Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth, Healing and the Mind, and his exploration into addiction in the series Close to Home.
In addition to broadcasting, Moyers has pursued a wide range of public interests. He was Deputy Director of the Peace Corps in the Kennedy Administration and Special Assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1963-1967. He left the White House to become publisher of Newsday, was a trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation for 12 years and now serves as president of The Florence and John Schumann Foundation.
Mr. Moyers' extensive career has been recognized by every major journalism award. He has won more than 30 Emmy Awards, the George Foster Peabody award for political reporting and international coverage, the James Madison Award from the National Broadcasting Editorial Association, and the George Polk Award.
In awarding Bill Moyers the prestigious Gold Baton, the highest honor of the Alfred I. DuPont Columbia University Award, Columbia President Michael Sovern called him "a unique voice, still seeking new frontiers in television, daring to assume that viewing audiences are willing to think and learn."
Born in Oklahoma and raised in Texas, Mr. Moyers began his varied career as a cub reporter on the Marshall News Messenger at age 16. He is a graduate of the University of Texas, which has presented him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award, and holds the Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Bill Moyers' wife, Judith Davidson, is his partner and creative collaborator and is president of their production company, Public Affairs Television, Inc. They have three grown children.
NOTE: Bio is as it appeared in the Forum program from October 13, 2006.
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