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A Conversation with Bill Moyers

Join the award-winning journalist, political commentator and author as he reflects on his life and storied career.


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Bill Moyers is a renowned American journalist, political commentator, and best-selling author. From his beginnings in Marshall, Texas, Moyers made his way to Washington, D.C. and served as White House Press Secretary for President Lyndon Johnson from 1965-67. After serving in the administration, Moyers then worked at several major networks, including CBS News and NBC News. He has hosted numerous programs for PBS, including Bill Moyers Journal and NOW with Bill Moyers. Over the course of his over five decade career, Moyers has won more than 30 Emmys and nine Peabodys, and has been honored with the National Academy of Television Arts & Science’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In May 2016, Bill Moyers sat down in front of a live studio audience with retired Minneapolis journalist and news anchor Don Shelby to reflect on his long and esteemed career.

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.

In addition to the previously mentioned awards for his work, Bill Moyers has received two prestigious Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University Awards 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.

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. Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues was published in May 2011.

Married for more than 60 years, Judith and Bill Moyers have three grown children and five grandchildren.