Moyers & Company
Bill Moyers Biography
Judith Davidson Moyers Biography
Public Affairs Television
Bill Moyers Production Timeline
Moyers & Company Funders
Moyers & Company Credits
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.
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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 2012, 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
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. 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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