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Bill Moyers
Television Journalist

Born: 1934

When I learn something new—and it happens
every day— I feel a little more at home in this universe,
a little more comfortable in the nest.

                                                                            —Bill Moyers



William Moyers was born in Oklahoma on June 6, 1934, and was raised in Texas. He began his journalism career at age 16 as a cub reporter on the Marshall News Messenger.

Moyers established Public Affairs Television as an independent production company in 1986, and has produced more than 300 hours of programming including: "On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying," "Surviving the Good Times: A Moyers Report," "Free Speech for Sale," "Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home," "In Search of the Constitution," "A Gathering of Men with Robert Bly," "Facing Hate with Elie Wiesel," "Listening to America with Bill Moyers," "Healing and the Mind" and "Trade Secrets," an exposé the chemical industry. Five of Moyers' books based on his television series have become best sellers including: "Listening to America," "Joseph Campbell and the Power of the Myth," "A World of Ideas I and II," and "Healing and the Mind."

During his 30+ years in the media Moyers has received numerous awards for excellence, including the prestigious "Gold Baton" from the Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award, and more than 30 Emmy Awards from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Two of his public television series, "Creativity" and "A Walk Through the 20th Century" were named the outstanding informational series by the Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1991, Moyers was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Moyers retired from television in December, 2004 at age 70. Upon his retirement the AP News Service quoted Moyers as saying, "I'm going out telling the story that I think is the biggest story of our time: how the right-wing media has become a partisan propaganda arm of the Republican National Committee. We have an ideological press that's interested in the election of Republicans, and a mainstream press that's interested in the bottom line. Therefore, we don't have a vigilant, independent press whose interest is the American people."

Moyers is now back in broadcasting, hosting Bill Moyers Journal on PBS.

In addition to broadcasting, Moyers was Deputy Director of the Peace Corps in the Kennedy Administration and special Assistant to President Johnson from 1963-1967. He was a trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation for 12 years, and has served as president of The Florence and John Schumann Foundation. Moyers was the recipient of the 2004 Global Environmental Citizen Award from The Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School. Moyers is also an ordained Baptist minister.

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  Books By Bill Moyers

  • Moyers on America: A Journalist and His Times - Author: Bill Moyers

    Moyers has been actively engaged in some of the most volatile episodes of the past fifty years. Drawing from this practical experience, he demonstrates a unique understanding of how American politics works and an enduring faith in the nation's promises and possibilities.

    CLICK HERE to purchase this Hardcover edition of "Moyers on America"


  • A World of Ideas: Conversations With Thoughtful Men and Women About American Life Today and the Ideas Shaping Our Future - Author: Bill Moyers

    One-on-one interviews with forty-two extraordinary men and women--poets and physicists, historians and novelists, doctors and philosophers--discussing what's happening in our lives, our hearts, and our minds as we approach a new millennium.

    CLICK HERE to purchase this Paperback edition of "A World of Ideas"


  • The Power of Myths (Illustrated Edition) - Author: Bill Moyers and Joseph Campbell

    Joseph Campbell explains to Bill Moyers how myths are our ties to the past, and how they help us understand ourselves and our world. Topics from modern marriage to virgin births, from Jesus to John Lennon, and handsomely illustrated with over one hundred photographs.

    CLICK HERE to purchase this Paperback edition of "The Power of Myths"


  • Genesis: A Living Conversation - Author: Bill Moyers

    In "Genesis" Bill Moyers gathers together writers and scholars for discussions about often overlooked themes of the Bible, including "The First Murder," "Temptation" and what it means to be "In God's Image." Each theme is introduced with a reading of the corresponding story in the Bible.

    CLICK HERE to purchase this Paperback edition of "Genesis"


  • Healing and the Mind - Author: Bill Moyers

    By assembling transcripts of interviews with leaders in the field of healing, Moyers constructs a broad context to examine the question: How is healing related to the mind?

    CLICK HERE to purchase this Paperback edition of "Healing and the Mind"


  Bill Moyers Videos/DVDs

  • NOW with Bill Moyers: Perspectives - Studio: PBS Direct

    Hosted by Bill Moyers and David Brancaccio, NOW has been called "...one of the last bastions of serious journalism on TV" by the Austin-American Statesmen and "...public television at its best" by the Philadelphia Inquirer. This new anthology sheds light on American democracy and culture through investigative reporting and interviews with major authors, leading thinkers, and artists.

    CLICK HERE to purchase this DVD edition of "NOW with Bill Moyers: Perspectives"


  • The 11th of September - Bill Moyers in Conversation (2001) - Studio: New Video Group

    Two days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, Bill Moyers began interviewing people about the significance of what had happened. Moyers speaks one-on-one with such people as author Robert J. Lifton, Harvard religion professor Diana Eck, theatrical director Julie Taymor, and Afghan-American editor and writer Tamim Ansary . People talk of good and evil, religion and mythology, heroism and humanity, all with a level of nuance never to be found on the cable network shoutfests. No one raises his or her voice, yet much of what is said will resonate in one's thoughts after the TV tube has grown cold.—Robert J. McNamara

    CLICK HERE to purchase this DVD edition of "The 11th of September"


  • A World of Ideas: Conversations With Thoughtful Men and Women About American Life Today and the Ideas Shaping Our Future - Studio: Mystic Fire Video

    One-on-one interviews with forty-two extraordinary men and women--poets and physicists, historians and novelists, doctors and philosophers--discussing what's happening in our lives, our hearts, and our minds as we approach a new millennium.

    CLICK HERE to purchase this Video edition of "A World of Ideas"


  • The Power of Myths - Studio: Mystic Fire Video

    Joseph Campbell explains to Bill Moyers how myths are our ties to the past, and how they help us understand ourselves and our world. Topics from modern marriage to virgin births, from Jesus to John Lennon, and handsomely illustrated with over one hundred photographs.

    CLICK HERE to purchase this DVD edition of "The Power of Myths"


  • Genesis: A Living Conversation - Studio: Sisu Home Entertainment

    In "Genesis" Bill Moyers gathers together writers and scholars for discussions about often overlooked themes of the Bible, including "The First Murder," "Temptation" and what it means to be "In God's Image." Each theme is introduced with a reading of the corresponding story in the Bible.

    CLICK HERE to purchase this Video edition of "Genesis"


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