Moyers & Company
Bill Moyers Biography
Judith Davidson Moyers Biography
Public Affairs Television
Bill Moyers Production Timeline
Public Affairs Television Staff
Moyers & Company Funders
MOYERS & COMPANY
Bill Moyers returned to television in January 2012 with Moyers & Company, a weekly series of smart talk and new ideas aimed at helping viewers make sense of our tumultuous times through the insight of America’s strongest thinkers. Airing on public television and radio stations across the country, the series continues Moyers’ long-running conversation with the American public by offering a forum to poets, writers, artists, journalists, scientists, philosophers, and leading scholars. It also features Moyers’ hallmark essays on democracy.
Moyers & Company is presented on public television by WNET in New York and distributed by American Public Television (APT), a leading distributor of high-quality news, documentaries, travel, drama and other programs to the nation’s more than 350 public television stations. Moyers & Company is taped at CUNY TV, in the City University of New York television station’s HDTV studio in midtown Manhattan. The Moyers & Company radio program is distributed by PRX.org, the Public Radio Exchange — public radio’s largest distribution marketplace.
Recent episodes can be ordered by calling 1-800-336-1917; they will also become available soon from Amazon.com.
BillMoyers.com is a new digital destination providing access to the continuum of Bill Moyers’ work in broadcast journalism, highlighting the current weekly series, Moyers & Company. The site offers full streaming video and podcasts of Moyers & Company, online-only essays, analytical blogs, interactive features, as well as an extensive video library of Moyers’ past work. For the first time, users can browse and view hundreds of Bill Moyers programs, such as the landmark series Bill Moyers Journal, and NOW with Bill Moyers, covering a wide range of topics including the economy, faith and reason, money and politics, war, media, and the arts. Combined with dedicated platforms on Facebook and Twitter, BillMoyers.com invites citizens hungering for smart, civil discourse to dig deeper, think harder, and participate in the conversation of democracy. As Bill Moyers has said, “Our aim is dialogue, not diatribe, and we want you in it.”
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BILL MOYERS BIOGRAPHY
“Bill Moyers has been and remains an essential voice in our national conversation … the living antithesis to an era of shocking superficiality in our discourse and media.” — Brian Williams
“Bill Moyers is everything I never aspire to be: calm, thoughtful, and informative.” – Stephen Colbert
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. In January 2012, at the age of 77, Moyers began his latest media venture with the launch of Moyers & Company on air and online at BillMoyers.com – providing “conversations on democracy” and explorations of contemporary culture, making sense of what matters to us all.
With his wife and creative partner, Judith Davidson Moyers, Bill Moyers has produced such groundbreaking public affairs series as NOW with Bill Moyers (from 2002 through 2005) and Bill Moyers Journal (from 2007 through 2010). 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.
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.”
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 55 years, Judith and Bill Moyers have three grown children and five grandchildren.
JUDITH DAVIDSON MOYERS BIOGRAPHY
Judith Davidson Moyers is Executive Editor of Moyers & Company. President of Public Affairs Television (PAT) for 14 years, she is now the company’s CEO. During PAT’s tenure, Judith Davidson Moyers has been 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 thirteen 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 U.S. Commissioner to UNESCO, on the White House Commission on Children, and is a member of the National Governors Association Task Force on Education and Economic Development.
Mrs. 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 58 years and have three children and five grandchildren.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS TELEVISION
Moyers & Company and BillMoyers.com are productions of Public Affairs Television, Inc. (PAT). 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.
Since its founding, PAT has been 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 has also been 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.
PAT has produced hundreds of hours of programming for public television, including several ground-breaking 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 have been 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. Since January 2011, PAT has been proudly producing Moyers & Company.
BILL MOYERS PRODUCTION TIMELINE
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
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
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
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
Sports for Sale
The Arab World
All Our Children
Your Mythic Journey with Sam Keen
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
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
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
Is God Green?
The Net at Risk
2007 – 2010 Bill Moyers Journal
2011 – Moyers & Company
PUBLIC AFFAIRS TELEVISION STAFF
Gail Ablow, Producer
Gail produces interviews and essays for Moyers & Company. A former producer for 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. She lightened up temporarily and wrote a kid’s book, A Horse in the House: And Other True Animal Stories From The News, published in 2007. Gail 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. In her free time she tries to keep her balance – on a sailboat, on a bicycle, and on skis (not at the same time).
Myles Allen, Production Assistant
As production assistant for Moyers & Company, Myles works on everything from tape wrangling and tech support, to coffee and office supplies. This is Myles’ first job in television after starting as an Intern for Public Affairs Television in 2010. Myles studied radio and television production at the New England School of Communications. He also attended, and then was employed at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine. Still adjusting to the Big Apple after living in the Great White North, Myles spends most of his free time outdoors, brewing beer, or playing music.
Reniqua Allen, Associate Producer
Reniqua Allen is an Associate Producer for Moyers & Company. After stints at Congressional Quarterly, MSNBC, and Fox News, Reniqua joined Public Affairs Television in 2005. Since then she has worked on and off for the company, starting as a production associate for the series Faith and Reason through Bill Moyers Journal. Before re-joining PAT to work on Moyers & Company, Reniqua was an archival producer for the HBO documentary Hot Coffee, and the Sundance-nominated We’re Not Broke. She also writes for several magazine and newspaper outlets, and is a current Bernard L. Schwartz fellow at the New America Foundation. She has a BA and MA from American University and is working on finishing her PhD in American Studies from Rutgers University sometime this century.
Prior to joining Moyers & Company as associate producer, Robert worked for National Geographic, ABC, and PBS, where he contributed to such series as American Masters, Wide Angle, History Detectives, and an Oscar-nominated film on wolverines for Nature. Robert has also worked on numerous independent documentaries. He graduated from the University of Denver with a B.A. in International Studies, having done coursework at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, England. In his spare time, Robert enjoys cooking, eating, and restoring neglected and abandoned sailboats to moderately acceptable working condition.
Julia Conley, Associate Producer
Julia Conley worked as a production assistant and later an associate producer on Bill Moyers Journal. After the Journal‘s run she worked on several documentary films at The Documentary Group and Arcadia Pictures before returning to Public Affairs Television to join the Moyers & Company team. She graduated in 2006 from Eugene Lang College with a degree in Media Studies. When not working on the show, Julia enjoys cooking, reading, and exploring her Brooklyn neighborhood.
Judy Doctoroff, Executive Producer
Judy is President and Chief Operating Officer of Public Affairs Television. She began with Bill and Judith Moyers – more than 25 years ago — soon after her graduation from Yale and has played a critical role in the recognition of PAT as one of the most prolific and acclaimed independent production companies in journalism. She has supervised the production of over 500 hours of television programming, and has 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. Judy also excels at ordering take-out.
Paul Henry Desjarlais, Editor
Paul began his career in television 20 years ago as an assistant editor for Jon Alpert, working on several documentaries for HBO and NBC. His body of work includes stints with ABC News, ESPN, MTV and A&E. Recently, Paul served as show editor for Bill Moyers Journal on PBS and he is thrilled to be back in the hot seat. A two-time Emmy winner, Paul lives his life by several maxims, including “Never trust a skinny chef” and “Never lean out a closed window”. Paul lives with his lovely wife and two wonderful children in an undisclosed location in New York. In his spare time, he enjoys glassblowing and axe throwing.
Sean Ellis, Administrative Assistant
Since October of 2011, Sean has supported the administrative efforts of the office. While attending The City College he fell in love with media arts and, after graduating, pursued his goal of working in the media Industry. In the future, Sean hopes to head a television network providing programs to under-served ethnic groups in America, and the establishment of a non-profit organization that teaches media literacy and technical skills to young people interested in the media industry.
Lauren Feeney, Senior Digital Producer
Lauren produces multimedia content for billmoyers.com. An award-winning documentary filmmaker and multimedia journalist, Lauren’s reporting has taken her from the crime-infested streets of west Philadelphia to the mountains of northern Pakistan. Her video work has been featured on PBS, Al Jazeera English, and in film festivals around the world, while her writing and photography have appeared in The Philadelphia City Paper, The New York Times, and ESPN the Magazine, among other publications. Before joining billmoyers.com, Lauren was a senior multimedia producer for several PBS programs, including Women, War & Peace, Need to Know, and Wide Angle. Lauren lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two-year-old son, Declan.
Andy Fredericks, Editor
When they asked Michelangelo how he made his statue of David he is reported to have said, “It is easy, you just chip away the stone that doesn’t look like David.” As an editor, Andrew does more or less the same thing with raw video footage, and has been doing so with the Moyers for over fifteen years. They have collaborated on the documentary films Living on the Edge, Surviving the Good Times, Free Speech for Sale and America’s First River. He also edited and produced segments for Faith and Reason, Now with Bill Moyers and Bill Moyers Journal. His body of work also includes: If You Knew Sousa, America in the Forties, and Fat, and Money Driven Medicine. Most recently he edited “I Came to Testify” for the PBS series, Women, War & Peace. Outside of the editing room, Andrew dabbles in photography, farming and woodworking. He lives in Delaware Township, New Jersey with his wife and spoiled dog.
Ismael Gonzalez, Line Producer
Ismael manages the day-to-day broadcast production operations for Moyers & Company. He has worked for Public Affairs Television on and off for the last nine years, starting as an Intern on NOW with Bill Moyers and most recently as a Line Producer on Bill Moyers Journal. He has also production managed Michael Moore’s feature film Sicko, and the PBS series NOW on PBS and Need to Know. Ismael is a native New Yorker who lives in The City with his wife. He enjoys baseball, football, and watching movies/television from his recliner. He likes piña coladas and getting caught in the rain.
Scott Greenhaw, Assistant Editor
Scott Greenhaw spent two years as a legislative aide in the U.S. Congress and three years in Minnesota state government before turning to film in the early 1990s. He has worked on the production of ten feature films and dozens of television shows and short films. After earning an M.F.A. from NYU’s Kanbar Institute of Film and Television in 2003, Greenhaw focused on post-production, editing or assistant editing documentaries for the National Geographic, History, Sundance, and Discovery Times channels, as well as PBS. He received his B.A. in economics from Carleton College.
Kathleen Hughes, Producer
Before signing on with Moyers & Company to cover the decline of America’s middle class, Kathy served as Executive Producer of WNET’s multi-platform series about the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, called Blueprint America. Not intimidated by big, complicated stories, she’s produced award-winning documentaries and newsmagazine pieces for many outlets, including ABC News, and PBS’s FRONTLINE and NOW, covering everything from foster care to addiction to political corruption in Alaska. Her collaborations with Moyers include Buying The War, a detailed accounting of the media’s failure to investigate the Bush Administration’s case for the war in Iraq. The emmy-award winning documentary was called “one of the most gripping and important pieces of broadcast journalism this year” by the Washington Post.
Gina Kim, Producer
Gina has produced for NBC, CBS, MTV, Bravo and PBS. She was most recently the supervising producer of the daily, political news show, GRITtv with Laura Flanders. She also produced for NOW with Bill Moyers and David Brancaccio on PBS, Phil Donahue on MSNBC, comedian Lewis Black, and filmmaker Michael Moore on The Awful Truth and Bowling for Columbine. She worked with NBC’s Tom Brokaw in the run up to the 2003 Iraq War and produced videos for the rock band, Rage Against the Machine. Prior to her career in television, Gina directed campaigns on climate change and tort reform for the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) and worked for the White House Office of Advance for Bill Clinton. She is currently on the board of the Public Interest Projects. Gina lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and son.
Rob Kuhns, Editor
Rob has been editing for television since 1987. His credits include Adam Clayton Powell (1990 Academy Award nomination, Best Feature Documentary), the dramatic series Sleeper Cell (Showtime, 2005 Golden Globe nomination, Best Mini-Series), Enemies of War (PBS, also Co-Director), This is a Game, Ladies (PBS, 2003 AFI Silverdoc Festival, Audience Award; 2004 Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, Best Documentary, also Co-Director) and Bill Moyers Journal. Rob frequently guest lectures at The New School, NYU and other venues on the art and process of editing. This year he received an Individual Artists Grant from the New York State Council on the Arts for a documentary he’s directing, Year of the Living Dead, about the making and impact of the 1968 film, “Night of the Living Dead.” Rob lives in Brooklyn with his wife and producing partner, Esther Cassidy.
John Light, Associate Digital Producer
John writes blog posts and articles for BillMoyers.com and supports Moyers & Company’s digital team on other multimedia projects. Before joining Public Affairs Television, John worked part-time while in school as a public radio producer, a reporter for an Ohio newspaper and an intern for quite a few public television programs. He’s also done a bunch of other things, including stints as a prep cook at a creperie and a projectionist at an independent film theater. A New Jersey native, John studied history and film at Oberlin College and holds a Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University.
Alexis Pancrazi, Production Coordinator
Alexis joined the Moyers team almost immediately after she graduated from Wesleyan University in 2008. She started as intern on Bill Moyers Journal, and stayed with the show for the remainder of the run as a Production Assistant. After the Journal ended, she spent a year working on WNET’s infrastructure project, Blueprint America, as an Associate Producer. She’s happy to be back at Public Affairs Television for the launch of Moyers & Company.
Theresa Riley, Supervising Digital Producer
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 the Webby Award, the Online News Association Award for General Excellence, the Knight-Batten Award for Innovative Journalism and the Parent’s Choice Award.
Dale Robbins, Creative Director
Dale oversees all things visual for Moyers & Company, providing art direction for on-air, online and print. She first started working with the Moyers on Earth on Edge in 1999 and continued on other productions including America’s First River, NOW with Bill Moyers, Becoming American and Bill Moyers Journal. Dale’s company, Pie Design, has been challenged by a range of projects from a series of trading cards for the National Basketball Association to a museum installation for the Newseum in Washington DC. A love of the outdoors and a passion for swimming engages much of Dale’s free time. She lives with two rescue dogs and an ex-Navy Seal.
Sally Roy, Executive Producer
Sally marshals content and logistics with the outstanding production team on the Moyers & Company broadcast. 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.
Joel Schwartzberg, Director of Digital Strategy & Communications
Joel oversees content and strategy for BillMoyers.com, as well as public relations and station relations for Moyers & Company. His career path includes roles as Director of New Media for the broadcast news magazine NOW on PBS, Editorial Director for Time Inc. Interactive, and Senior Producer and Head Writer for Nickelodeon Online. Joel is also a screenwriter, blogger, and nationally published essayist whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, New Jersey Monthly, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, and even some places that don’t start with “N”. His award-winning essay collection, “The 40-Year-Old Version” was published in 2009. A former collegiate public speaking national champion and coach, Joel also teaches a regular New York-based public speaking course for Mediabistro.com. Joel is a father of three kids, husband to one teacher, and servant to six cats.
Lena Shemel, Associate Producer
Lena Shemel is an Associate Producer for Moyers & Company. Prior to joining the Moyers team, she was an Associate Producer for the award-winning documentary film Semper Fi: Always Faithful, and a Researcher for the acclaimed PBS documentary series Women, War and Peace. Lena began her career in broadcast journalism with internships at Charlie Rose and CNN International. She earned her Master’s degree in International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and her undergraduate degree in Economics and Romance Languages at New York University.
Helen Silfven, Digital Coordinating Producer
Hailing from the West Coast, Helen Silfven grew up in sunny Bend Oregon and graduated from The Evergreen State College with an interest in documentary filmmaking. While obtaining her Master’s Degree at The New School University’s Media Studies department she began working at New York’s PBS station Channel Thirteen in the Children’s Programming Department, participating in the productions What’s Up in Finance? and Cyberchase. Helen joined Public Affairs Television in 2008 as a Production Coordinator on Bill Moyers Journal. While having had the opportunity to work on many fun projects with the Moyers team, Helen is most excited about her new role as Digital Coordinating Producer for BillMoyers.com.
Sikay Tang, Editor
Sikay is a filmmaker based in New York City. Highlights of her editing credits include award winning documentaries The Good Soldier, Beijing Taxi and Chisholm ‘72- Unbought and Unbossed. Previously, she produced and edited for ABC News. Tang studied photography and sculpture at the University of Chicago and fine arts at the Jan van Eyck Akademie in Holland. She was a 2008 visiting artist at the School of Art at The State University of Illinois and has taught at Temple University in Pennsylvania and Third World Newsreel in New York.
Jessica Wang, Producer
Jessica produces interviews, essays, and other segments for Moyers & Company. She started her journalistic career in the fast-moving world of sports reporting, but shifted into news where she then enjoyed stints at the Stockton Record and Shreveport Times, the highlight of which was interviewing Mabel the horse upon her long-deserved retirement from the police department. After taking the leap into broadcast news with the ABC News Investigative Unit, she’s since produced for CNBC and the Travel Channel, as well as worked on numerous PBS projects: from Frontline and Wide Angle documentaries, to episodes of History Detectives, to the newmagazines NOW and Need to Know. But above all, she values her time with Public Affairs Television, where she started off exploring evangelical Christians and their shifting attitudes toward the environment for the documentary Is God Green? As part of the Bill Moyers Journal team, she reported on topics domestic and international, from America’s urban crisis to China’s netizens. Jessica believes in the supremacy of Bay Area weather, has an affinity for potcakes, and continues to work on an independent documentary project about China’s first citizen blogger.
Diana Warner, Comptroller
Diana has been at Public Affairs Television since its inception in 1986. With responsibilities covering all things in human resources and accounting, Diana keeps PAT’s administrative affairs in order. She is addicted to her iPad, loves playing Angry Birds, and is the proud mother of a 44-year-old son and two grandchildren, ages 18 and 13.
Rebecca Wharton, Senior Researcher
Becca was Editorial Producer on Bill Moyers Journal; Editorial Producer on Faith and Reason; and Editorial Producer on NOW with Bill Moyers where she also produced interviews. In addition to her work for PBS, she has produced for ABC News Turning Point, ABC News’ The Century, and was Senior Producer of a Dow Jones broadband initiative. A graduate of Wesleyan University, she has studied visual art and Russian Language and was a Fellow of the Writers’ Institute at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is a fan of the NBC weekly series Parenthood and is a dog person.
Candace H. White, Producer
Candace is an Emmy-nominated producer for Moyers & Company. For the past 15 years, Candace has contributed to several Moyers projects including Bill Moyers Journal, Now with Bill Moyers, Earth on Edge, and Living on the Edge. Her career path includes roles as Production Manager for Half the Sky (PBS 2112), Producer/Writer for CNBC’s Executive Vision 2010, Production Manager for the multi-media science journal NOVA scienceNOW (PBS), and Associate Producer for MSNBC’s Special Edition. In addition, Candace has worked for many other major media outlets including CBS, Lifetime Television, New York Times Television and National Geographic Television. Candace is a mother of one who likes to garden, bike ride, travel and skydive … well, not really.
Michael Winship, Senior Writer
Michael is the Emmy Award-winning senior writer of BillMoyers.com and the public television series Moyers & Company. A senior writing fellow at the think tank Demos, he is a veteran public television writer and producer whose credits include 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 nine times for the Writers Guild Award for outstanding achievement in writing and received it twice. Prior to television production, he worked in politics, newspapers and public relations, where his clients included Georgetown University and Monty Python. Honest.
MOYERS & COMPANY FUNDERS
Carnegie Corporation of New York, which was established by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 “to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding,” is one of the oldest and most influential of America’s grant-making foundations. A century after it began, the Corporation continues to invest in Mr. Carnegie’s passions: international peace and education. It is committed to bolstering a strong democracy through grants that promote educational reform for all children, a deeper understanding of the world, and the integration of immigrants like Mr. Carnegie into American life. Research and publications that explore the Corporation’s priorities and its grantees work can be found at carnegie.org.
The Kohlberg Foundation reflects the individual and collective philanthropy of the donors, Jerome and Nancy Kohlberg. It is a family foundation. Broadly defined, the foundation works within three major categories: health and medical research, education, and the environment. There is an unfettered, roll-up-your-sleeves quality to their grantmaking that emphasizes moving things ahead. This foundation is sometimes like an organic farm stand. The produce may vary and several farmers may contribute — but the family’s values are fundamental. This is a family foundation. More information about the foundation can be found at kohlbergfoundation.org.
Independent Production Fund, with support from the Partridge Foundation, a John and Polly Guth Charitable Fund
The Clements Foundation
Park Foundation is dedicated to the aid and support of education, public broadcasting, environment, and other selected areas of interest to the Park family. Public broadcasting is a particularly meaningful recipient of funding because the Foundation had its origin in the world of communications. The Foundation supports public interest media that raises awareness of critical environmental, political and social issues to promote a better informed citizenry in the U.S. It supports quality, non-commercial media that is substantive, fair, and accurate. Program priorities include investigative journalism, media policy and public broadcasting. More information can be found at parkfoundation.org.
The Herb Alpert Foundation, a non-profit, private foundation established in the 1980’s makes significant annual contributions to a range of programs in the fields of Arts, Arts Education and Compassion and Well Being. Its funding is directed toward projects in which Herb and Lani Alpert and Foundation President Rona Sebastian play an active role. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. More information about the Foundation can be found at herbalpertfoundation.org.
The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation has been dedicated its grants to improve the social fabric of life since its inception in 1986. The Foundation seeks innovative solutions to intractable and persistent problems and strives to cultivate emerging talents and promising models. Founders Bernard and Audre Rapoport are actively involved in the Foundation’s operations, which have touched many lives in the area of education, arts and culture, health and human service, and civic participation. More information at rapoportfdn.org.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society. More information is at macfound.org.
The Betsy and Jesse Fink Foundation
The HKH Foundation has been guided for over 30 years by a fundamental philanthropic imperative: to create new possibilities in pursuit of meaningful and lasting change. We have sought to convene, challenge and enable visionaries, advocates and activists across our areas of grantmaking towards the goal of re-conceiving “the possible.” Historically the Foundation has made grants in the arenas of Environmental Protection, Safeguarding Civil Liberties and Peace and Security. We have also fostered non-partisan Civic Engagement as important to securing change across issues. More information at hkhfoundation.org.
Barbara G. Fleischman, dedicated to ethical, responsible journalism.
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