his 25 years in broadcasting, Bill Moyers has pursued a broad spectrum
of journalism. A survey of television critics by Television Quarterly,
the official journal of The National Academy of Television Arts
and Sciences, placed Moyers among the 10 journalists who have had
the most significant influence on television news. The Academy has
also recognized his work with more than 30 Emmy Awards for excellence.
He was elected to the television Hall of Fame in 1995 and a year
later received the Charles Frankel Prize (now the National Humanities
Medal) from the National Endowment for the Humanities "for
outstanding contributions to American cultural life."
Moyers formed Public Affairs Television, Inc., with his wife and
partner, Judith. This independent production company has produced
more than 300 hours of programming. In 2002, he launched the weekly
PBS series NOW with Bill Moyers and also produced Bill Moyers Reports:
Trading Democracy and America's First River: Bill Moyers on the
Hudson. Prior programming includes such series as Bill Moyers Reports:
Earth on Edge; Trade Secrets: A Moyers Report; On Our Own Terms:
Moyers on Dying; Surviving the Good Times: A Moyers Report; Free
Speech for Sale; Facing the Truth; Moyers on Addiction: Close to
Home; Genesis: A Living Conversation; Healing and the Mind; and
Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth.
his 1971 best-selling book, Listening to America, four books by
Moyers based on his television series have also become bestsellers:
Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth, A World of Ideas I and II,
and Healing and the Mind.
entering broadcasting, Moyers served as deputy director of the Peace
Corps in the Kennedy Administration and was special assistant to
President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1963-1967, including two years
as White House press secretary.