Learn more about the production team behind Moyers & Company, a television that aired on PBS from 2012 to 2014. You can also view a list of full credits as they appeared on the television show. For a listing of BillMoyers.com staff, click here.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Arielle solves problems, answers questions, and organizes things for the Moyers & Company production team. She also manages the Moyers archive, which includes over 1,400 programs dating as far back as 1971. She graduated from Emerson College where she studied producing and media ethics. She has interned at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and worked in various roles on documentary films. When she’s not at work, Arielle enjoys reading, drinking tea, knitting and napping in the sun.
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.
Joshua Holland is the author of The Fifteen Biggest Lies About the Economy (and Everything Else the Right Doesn’t Want You to Know about Taxes, Jobs and Corporate America) (Wiley: 2010), and host of Politics and Reality Radio. Follow him on Twitter at @JoshuaHol.
Karin Kamp is a multimedia journalist and producer. Before joining BillMoyers.com she helped launch The Story Exchange, a site dedicated to women’s entrepreneurship. She previously produced for NOW on PBS and WNYC public radio and worked as a reporter for 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.
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 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 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.
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 & Companyon 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 is Executive Editor of Moyers & Company. She was President of Public Affairs Television (PAT) for 14 years, and 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.
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 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, POVwas 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 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 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.
Lena Shemel is a segment 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 Roseand 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.
Hailing from the West Coast, Helen Silfven grew up in sunny Bend Oregon and graduated from 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. Helen also produces the radio show for Moyers & Companyeach week.
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.
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 the proud mother of a 44-year-old son and two grandchildren, ages 18 and 13, is very active in her church, and is addicted to her iPad.
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 is the Emmy Award-winning senior writer of Moyers & Company and BillMoyers.com. 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 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.
Full Staff Credits
ASSOCIATE DIGITAL PRODUCER
MANAGER, OUTREACH & SPECIAL PROJECTS
Audra D. West
Rosse Mary Cruz
STUDIO PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
The Himan Brown Studio, CUNY TV
The City University of New York
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR- CUNY TV
DIRECTOR PROGRAMMING OPERATIONS
DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL CONTENT AND STRATEGY
Judy Doctoroff O’Neill
Judith Davidson Moyers
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