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ABOUT THIS SITE

Site Mission

We take our mandate and mantra from Benjamin Harris, publisher of the first newspaper in Britain’s North American colonies — in Boston in 1690. The ambitious Harris intended to publish every month “an Account of such considerable things as have arrived unto our Notice.” He would call it Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestic.

Alas, you needed government approval to publish in those days. Furthermore, it was expected that you would not criticize the royal family or the British military, as Benjamin Harris had, in fact, done. The furious royal governor — told by underlings that “Great inconvenience may arise by the liberty of printing” — ordered the paper shuttered and every copy rounded up before it could reach an eager public.

So the first newspaper to be published in America became the first to be suppressed. Hardly an auspicious start for aspiring journalists. But we’ve come a long way since then, and no such threat hangs over us. We will therefore do our best to deliver a sundry “Account of such considerable things as have arrived unto our Notice,” including — in the spirit of forefather Harris — the truth about power. Join us. And tell us what you think about what you read and see here.

— Bill Moyers

 
 
Site Contents

The newly revamped BillMoyers.com combines a new blog featuring essays and videos by managing editor Bill Moyers, as well as the perspectives of other journalists, scholars, activists, and creative men and women in the arts and sciences. The site also includes a video archive of Bill Moyers’s 40-plus year journalism career offering nearly 1,000 archived programs, video clips and online-original segments. Visitors may explore the archive via the site subnav or via our special video collection pages.

 
 
BILLMOYERS.COM STAFF LIST
Learn more about the production team behind BillMoyers.com.

Gail Ablow, Writer & Producer

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Gail writes and produces for BillMoyers.com. A former producer for Moyers & Company, and Bill Moyers Journal, her first collaboration with the Moyers team was the documentary series, On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying, followed by Earth on Edge and Kids and Chemicals. Throughout her career she has produced documentaries, breaking news, and interviews for PBS, ABC, CNN and CNBC. Her efforts have earned 4 Emmy nominations, a Peabody Award and an Edward R. Murrow Award. Gail is currently a Carnegie Corporation of New York Visiting Media Fellow, Democracy, and was a 2004 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. She earned her masters degree at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and her undergraduate degree at Harvard.

Kathy Kiely, Commissioning Editor

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A journalist and journalism teacher in Washington D.C., Kathy has more than four decades of experience covering national and local politics, including nine presidential campaigns. As an editor, she has run multi-media teams of journalists for Bloomberg Politics and for the National Journal and CBS News. She also served as managing editor for the Sunlight Foundation, where she worked with a team of reporters and developers to create data tools for journalists. Before becoming an editor, Kathy spent nearly a dozen years covering Congress and national politics for USA TODAY. She has also worked for The Pittsburgh Press, headed Washington bureaus for The Houston Post and The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a White House correspondent for the New York Daily News. Kiely was graduated from Princeton University cum laude, a member of the fifth class to admit women. She holds a master’s degree in interactive journalism from American University and was a Knight Fellow at Stanford University in 1990-91. She has served on the Standing Committee of Congressional Correspondents and is a board member of the National Press Club Journalism Institute and of The Daily Princetonian, her college newspaper. Kiely has taught journalism at Princeton University, American University and George Washington University.

Karin Kamp, Producer

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Karin Kamp writes and produces content for BillMoyers.com and on social media. She previously worked for NOW on PBS, WNYC public radio and Swiss Radio International. Karin graduated from Rutgers University with an advanced degree in business and received a master’s in journalism from City University in London.

John Light, Producer

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John is a writer and producer for the Moyers team. His work has been published by The Atlantic, Grist, Slate, Vox, Mother Jones, Al Jazeera, Public Radio International and elsewhere. You can follow him on Twitter at @LightTweeting. He’s also done a bunch of other things, including stints as a prep cook at a creperie and a projectionist at an independent theater. A New Jersey native, John studied history and film at Oberlin College and has a Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University.

Bill Moyers, Managing Editor

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A broadcast journalist for more than four decades, Bill Moyers has been recognized as one of the unique voices of our times, one that resonates with multiple generations. With his wife and creative partner, Judith Davidson Moyers, Bill Moyers has produced such groundbreaking public affairs series as NOW with Bill Moyers (2002-2005), Bill Moyers Journal (2007-2010) and Moyers & Company (2011-2015). Since the company’s founding in 1986, other notable productions have included the landmark 1988 series, Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth, as well as Healing and the Mind, The Language of Life, Genesis, On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying, Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home, America’s First River, Becoming American: The Chinese Experience, Faith & Reason, and Moyers on America. Read more…

Judy Doctoroff O’Neill, Executive Producer

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Judy is president and executive producer of Public Square Media. Previously, she worked with Bill and Judith Moyers at Public Affairs Television for nearly 30 years and played a critical role in PAT, which has been recognized as one of the most prolific and acclaimed independent production companies in journalism. She supervised the production, promotion, outreach and distribution of over 500 hours of television programming, and served as executive producer of some of the company’s most notable series, including Close to Home, On Our Own Terms, Faith and Reason, and Bill Moyers Journal. In 2001, as Executive-in-Charge she was instrumental in the creation and launch of Now with Bill Moyers. She is the recipient of several Emmy Awards. Judy and her husband are the proud parents of three active, accomplished sons. In their times together, they enjoy high adventure — skiing, canyoning, snorkeling, rafting and more.

Theresa Riley, Director of Digital Content and Strategy

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Theresa creates content for BillMoyers.com, and oversees the planning and execution of Bill Moyers’ social media strategy. She is an award-winning web producer and editor whose work has been featured on PBS Online and TIME.com. Previously, she was the vice president of digital content and strategy at POV, a documentary film series on PBS. Under her leadership, POV was one of PBS.org’s top 25 program sites. She developed new strategies for informing and engaging the public online, earning the site critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including Webby Awards, the Online News Association Award for General Excellence, the Knight-Batten Award for Innovative Journalism and the Parent’s Choice Award.

Michael Winship, Senior Writer

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Michael is the Emmy Award-winning senior writer of BillMoyers.com. A former senior writing fellow at the think tank Demos, he is a veteran public television writer and producer whose credits include Moyers & Company, Bill Moyers Journal, NOVA, American Experience, Nature, Smithsonian World, Television and the kids’ series 3-2-1 Contact and Square One TV, as well as many arts, documentary and public affairs specials. He also has worked for CBS, the Discovery and Learning Channels, A&E, Lifetime, Turner Broadcasting, the Disney Channel, the History Channel and National Geographic TV, and written for many national publications and websites. He is author of the book Television, published by Random House, and co-editor of the book Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues, published by The New Press. He has been nominated ten times for the Writers Guild Award for outstanding achievement in writing and received in on three occasions. Prior to television production, he worked in politics, newspapers and public relations, where his clients included Georgetown University and Monty Python. Honest.


PUBLIC SQUARE MEDIA

BillMoyers.com is produced by Public Square Media, a nonprofit production company that was created in 2015 to produce content about the issues of vital concern to our democracy, such as economic and social justice, climate change, voting rights, and a free and independent press, with the aim of fostering a more educated and participatory citizenry. The staff of Public Square Media includes:

 

Alexis Pancrazi, Production Manager

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Alexis helped launch Public Square Media and serves as the company’s production manager. She joined the Moyers team as an intern on Bill Moyers Journal, and stayed with the show for the remainder of the run as a production associate. After the Journal ended, she spent a year working on WNET’s infrastructure project, Blueprint America, as an associate producer, but returned to the Moyers fold as production manager for Moyers & Company. When she’s not working hard on keeping her desk organized, Alexis loves camping, crafting and culinary noodling. She would love to recommend a book to you.

Sally Roy, Executive Producer

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Sally marshals content and logistics at Public Square Media. Previously, she was executive producer of Moyers & Company. She’s been producing weekly news and public affairs television since 2001 on NOW with Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers on Faith & Reason and Bill Moyers Journal after a decade of producing independent feature films. The films including Endurance, Pipe Dream, Ed’s Next Move, The Kid Stays in the Picture and The Producers. She loves organization and the challenge of figuring out how to “make it all work” is what makes the job so exciting for her. She lives with her husband Peter Nelson in NYC and the Hudson Valley where she loves to garden, cook, hike, bicycle and generally impose order on the world.


BILL MOYERS PRODUCTIONS
1971 – 1972         This Week with Bill Moyers

1972 – 1981         Bill Moyers’ Journal

1975                       Bill Moyers’ International Journal

                                 World Hunger! Who Will Survive?

1975 – 1976        Our Story

1977 – 1978        CBS Reports

1982                       Creativity

                                 Six Great Ideas with Mortimer Adler

1983                       Our Times

1984                       A Walk Through the 20th Century

                                 Crossroads with CBS news correspondents
                                 Charles Kurault and Bill Moyers

1986                       Heritage Conversations

1987                       In Search of the Constitution

                                 Report from Philadelphia

                                 The Secret Government . . . The Constitution in Crisis

                                 God and Politics

1988                       Facing Evil

                                 Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth

                                 A World of Ideas

                                 The Prime Time President

                                 Promises! Promises!

                                 The Last Word Essay

1989                       A Second Look

                                 The Power of the Word

                                 The Public Mind

1990                       A Gathering of Men with Robert Bly

                                 A World of Ideas

                                 From D-Day to the Rhine

                                 John Henry Faulk … The Man Who Beat the Blacklist

                                 Amazing Grace

                                 Frontline: Global Dumping Ground

                                 Frontline: Springfield Goes to War

                                 Frontline: High Crimes and Misdemeanors

                                 The Power of the Past: Florence

                                 Weapons of the Spirit

1991                       The Songs are Free with Bernice Johnson Reagon

                                 Project Censored

                                 Sports for Sale

                                 The Arab World

                                 All Our Children

                                 Your Mythic Journey with Sam Keen

                                 Beyond Hate

                                 The Home Front

                                 Spirit and Nature

                                 After the War

                                 Oren Lyons the Faithkeeper

                                 20 Years of Listening to America

                                 Circle of Recovery

                                 Facing Hate with Elie Wiesel

1992                       Minimum Wages: The New Economy

                                 Hate on trial

                                 Families First

                                 Listening to America

1993                       Healing and the Mind

                                 In Our Children’s Food

                                 Attorney General Janet Reno

                                 Bullish on America

                                 The New Holy War

                                 A Life Together

1994                       Money Talks

                                 Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass

                                 Poet Laureate Rita Dove

                                 Pure Pete Seeger

                                 The Great Health Care Debate

1995                       What Can We Do About Violence?

                                 The Language of Life

                                 Solutions to Violence

                                 Frontline: Living on the Edge

1996                      Oklahoma City: One Year Later

                                 The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith

                                 Children in America’s Schools

                                 Genesis: A Living Conversation

1997                       Bill T. Jones: Still/Here

                                 Bill Moyers in Conversation with Sister Wendy

1998                       Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home

                                 Frontline: Washington’s Other Scandal

1999                       Facing the Truth

                                 Archbishop Tutu

                                 Free Speech for Sale

                                 The Mythology of Star Wars with George Lucas

                                 An American Love Story Update

                                 Fooling with Words

                                 Sounds of Poetry

                                 Frontline: Justice for Sale

2000                     Srebrenica: A Cry from the Grave

                                 Surviving the Good Times

                                 On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying

2001                      Trade Secrets

                                 Earth on Edge

                                 Moyers in Conversation

2002—2005       Now with Bill Moyers

2002                      Trading Democracy

                                 America’s First River: Bill Moyers on the Hudson

                                 Kids and Chemicals

2003                      Becoming American: The Chinese Experience

                                 Becoming American: Personal Journeys

2006                      Faith and Reason

                                 Capitol Crimes

                                 Is God Green?

                                 The Net at Risk

2007 – 2010     Bill Moyers Journal

2011 – 2015     Moyers & Company


PUBLIC AFFAIRS TELEVISION

Public Affairs Television was Bill and Judith Moyers’s independent production company from 1986 through 2015. PAT was widely acclaimed for its innovative and courageous exploration of subjects ranging from the politics and the environment to the role of the media in democracy to the world of ideas. PAT was also a leader within public television in extending the reach of its broadcasts through the creative use of multimedia campaigns aimed at informing Americans of critical issues and involving them in cooperative efforts for the renewing of democracy.

The company was founded in 1986 when Bill Moyers left CBS News, where he was senior news analyst for the evening news and chief correspondent for the documentary series CBS REPORTS. The co-founder was the veteran broadcast journalist Joan Konner. When Konner became dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in 1988, Judith Davidson Moyers, an educator, corporate board member and creative adviser to the Corporation for Entertainment and Learning, joined the company as president.

PAT has produced hundreds of hours of programming for public television, including several groundbreaking series such as Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth, A World of Ideas, The Language of Life, The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith, Moyers on Addiction, On Our Own Terms (about death and dying in America), Becoming American: The Chinese Experience, Healing and the Mind, and America’s First River: Moyers on the Hudson. Among PAT’s award-winning documentaries were such investigative reports as The Secret Government, Trade Secrets, Trading Democracy, Free Speech for Sale, Buying the War, Facing the Truth, and Capitol Crimes. 

For three years beginning in 2002, Public Affairs Television produced the acclaimed weekly newsmagazine Now with Bill Moyers, followed by the three-part investigative series Moyers on America, and the seven-part series Bill Moyers on Faith and Reason. His last series, Bill Moyers Journal, aired on PBS from 2007 through 2010. From January 2012 to December 2014, PAT proudly produced Moyers & Company. PAT closed operations in 2015.

Many of these productions are available to stream for free in BillMoyers.com’s video archive. For those of you looking for DVD copies of specific series or episodes, educators should access the Bill Moyers Collection at Films.com and home viewers can check Acorn’s website. If you can’t find a DVD you are looking for, please contact us.


BILL MOYERS BIOGRAPHY

Bill Moyers at Public Affairs Television

Bill Moyers started Public Affairs Television in 1986.

A broadcast journalist for more than four decades, Bill Moyers has been recognized as one of the unique voices of our times, one that resonates with multiple generations. With his wife and creative partner, Judith Davidson Moyers, Bill Moyers has produced such groundbreaking public affairs series as NOW with Bill Moyers (2002-2005), Bill Moyers Journal (2007-2010) and Moyers & Company (2011-2015). Since the company’s founding in 1986, other notable productions have included the landmark 1988 series, Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth, as well as Healing and the Mind, The Language of Life, Genesis, On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying, Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home, America’s First River, Becoming American: The Chinese Experience, Faith & Reason, and Moyers on America.

Bill Moyers as cub reporterMoyers began his journalism career at age 16 as a cub reporter for his hometown daily newspaper in Marshall, Texas. He was a founding organizer and deputy director of the Peace Corps and special assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson. Moyers served as Johnson’s press secretary from 1965 to 1967.

As publisher of Newsday from 1967 to 1970, Moyers brought aboard writers including Pete Hamill, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and Saul Bellow, and led the paper to two Pulitzer Prizes. In 1976, he was the senior correspondent for the distinguished documentary series CBS Reports and later a senior news analyst for The CBS Evening News.

For his work, Bill Moyers has received more than 30 Emmys, two prestigious Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University Awards, nine Peabodys, and three George Polk Awards. In the first year it was bestowed, Moyers received the prestigious Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts by the American Film Institute. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he also received the Career Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association and has been honored by the Television Critics Association for outstanding career achievement.

Moyers was elected to the Television Hall of Fame in 1995. A year later he received the Charles Frankel Prize (now the National Humanities Medal) from the National Endowment for the Humanities “for outstanding contributions to American cultural life.” In 2005, Moyers received the PEN USA Courageous Advocacy Award for his passionate, outspoken commitment to freedom of speech and his dedication to journalistic integrity. He has also been honored with the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Museum of Broadcast Communications calls Moyers, “One of the few broadcast journalists who might be said to approach the stature of Edward R. Murrow. If Murrow founded broadcast journalism, Moyers significantly extended its traditions.”

Bill Moyers on the set of Moyers & Company in 2013.

Bill Moyers on the set of Moyers & Company in 2013.

Moyers’ books include such bestsellers as Listening to America, The Power of Myth, Healing and the Mind, The Language of Life, Moyers on America: A Journalist and His Times, and Moyers on Democracy. His most recent book, Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues, was published in May 2011. He currently serves as president of the Schumann Media Center, a non-profit organization that supports independent journalism.

Married for more than 60 years, Judith and Bill Moyers have three grown children and five grandchildren.


JUDITH DAVIDSON MOYERS BIOGRAPHY
Judith Moyers 1

Judith Davidson Moyers was president of Public Affairs Television (PAT) for 14 years and retired as the company’s CEO in 2015. During PAT’s tenure, Moyers was executive producer of such major documentaries as Earth on Edge, Trade Secrets, On Our Own Terms, Amazing Grace, The Arab World, Genesis, All Our Children, and Free Speech for Sale. A member of the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, she has been awarded several Emmys, is the recipient of the DuPont Award, two Peabody Awards, and the Christopher Award. Other television credits include the award-winning series A Walk Through the Twentieth Century and Creativity, both produced for CBS Cable and PBS.

In addition to serving on several corporate boards for more than 20 years, Judith Davidson Moyers was a trustee of the State University of New York and Vice-Chair for 13 years. She served as a director of the Research Foundation of New York State and the Rockefeller Institute of Government and as a member of the New York State Judicial Selection Commission. She has served as a US Commissioner to UNESCO, on the White House Commission on Children and was a member of the National Governors Association Task Force on Education and Economic Development.

Moyers has been recognized for her work as an advocate for children by the Girl Scouts of America, The National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Christophers and the National Council of Churches. Her reputation as a group catalyst and moderator has brought many invitations to lead seminars for the Women’s Political Caucus, the American Medical Association, the American Bar Association and the Aspen Institute’s Executive Seminars, for which she was the first female moderator. In 2000, she was awarded the Aspen Institute Public Sector Award. In 2001 she received the Global Green Media Award, “for bringing key environmental issues to a wide audience”, and in 2002 she received the Eleanor Roosevelt Val- Kill Award. The Committee of 100 awarded her their Headliner Award in 2003 and in 2010 the Legacy Award was given by the Chinese in America Museum.

Born in Dallas, she is a graduate of the University of Texas earning a Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, and holds several honorary degrees. She and Bill Moyers have been married for more than 60 years and have three children and five grandchildren.