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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 four 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.

 

Susannah Jacob, Researcher & Contributing Writer

Susannah is a reporter and former speechwriter for President Barack Obama. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post and The New York Times. She studied history at The University of Texas at Austin, where she was editor of her college newspaper, The Daily Texan.

 

Karin Kamp, Writer & 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, Writer & Producer

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John is a reporter and producer for BillMoyers.com. His work has also appeared at The Atlantic, Grist, Mother Jones, Salon, Slate, Vox, Worth, and Al Jazeera, and has been broadcast on Public Radio International. You can follow him on Twitter at @LightTweeting. Before joining the Moyers team, he produced public radio stories for New York’s WNYC and worked as a newsblogger for Grist. He grew up in New Jersey, studied history and film at Oberlin College — where he edited the college newspaper — and got his master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.

 

Kristin Miller, Senior Producer

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Photo: John Light

Kristin is a senior producer at Billmoyers.com. She has previously worked for TED, Sesame Workshop, Conde Nast, The National Park Service and The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. She was also digital lead on a number of Bill Moyers productions including Bill Moyers Journal, Bill Moyers on Faith and Reason, Moyers on America and Now with Bill Moyers for which the site won Edward R. Murrow and Gracie Allen awards. She has an M.A. and M.Phil in American history 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 (2002-05), Bill Moyers Journal (2007-10) and Moyers & Company (2011-15). 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.

 

Lisa Porter, Copyeditor

Lisa covered politics in Washington, DC, at ABC News and The Washington Post, then oversaw media relations for the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs before doing entertainment publicity and nonprofit communications. Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

 

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 Parents’ Choice Award.

 

Jessica Ramírez Calderón, Associate Producer

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Photo: Courtesy Jessica Ramírez Calderón

Jessica is an associate producer for the Moyers team. She has worked for NY1 Noticias and Latin American News Digest, focusing on issues concerning Latinos both in the United States and abroad. She writes regularly on her personal blog about women’s issues. Jessica studied theology and political science at Fordham University.

 

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 10 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:

 

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, 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—72 This Week with Bill Moyers
1972—81 Bill Moyers’ Journal
1975 Bill Moyers’ International Journal
  World Hunger! Who Will Survive?
1975—76 Our Story
1977—78 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—05   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—10   Bill Moyers Journal
2011—15   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, Moyers has produced such groundbreaking public affairs series as NOW with Bill Moyers (2002-05), Bill Moyers Journal (2007-10) and Moyers & Company (2011-15). 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 reporter Moyers 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 nonprofit 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
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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.