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Bill Moyers retired from BillMoyers.com in 2017. The newly revamped BillMoyers.com is an archive website that pulls together journalism produced by Bill Moyers and his team over the past 40-plus years on television and online. The site includes an interactive timeline of Moyers’s full career and a video archive that offers 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.
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.
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.
Over the years, Bill Moyers has had the distinct pleasure of working with numerous talented producers, editors, art directors, writers, production assistants, camera operators, sound engineers, makeup artists and others, including long-time collaborators Executive Producer Sally Roy; Senior Writer Michael Winship; Executive Assistant Karen Kimball; Comptroller Diana Warner; and President and COO Judy Doctoroff; and Executive Producer Judith Moyers.
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 nonprofit organization that supports independent journalism.
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.
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 PRODUCTIONS</ br>|
|1971—72||This Week with Bill Moyers|
|1972—81||Bill Moyers’ Journal|
|1975||Bill Moyers’ International Journal|
|World Hunger! Who Will Survive?|
|Six Great Ideas with Mortimer Adler|
|1984||A Walk Through the 20th Century|
|Crossroads with CBS news correspondents Charles Kurault and Bill Moyers|
|1987||In Search of the Constitution|
|Report from Philadelphia|
|The Secret Government . . . The Constitution in Crisis|
|God and Politics</td<|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Earth on Edge|
|Moyers in Conversation|
|2002—05||Now with Bill Moyers|
|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—10||Bill Moyers Journal|
|2011—15||Moyers & Company|
As we mentioned above, many of Bill’s programs are available to watch for free on this website. Check out our collections, video page and show listing page to browse and search for shows. Additionally, many of Bill Moyers’s recent programs are available on DVD for educators at Films.com and for home viewing via Acorn Media at the Amazon DVD Store. Healing & the Mind is available from Ambrose Video. Downloadable and streaming versions of The Power of Myth are available at PowerofMyth.net.
If you are looking for a particular video and can’t find it elsewhere, please email us, and we can tell you whether it’s available.
Books are available from a number of online publishers. Check out Bill’s book page to see all titles.