Bill Moyers

Investigative journalist, Documentarian, Essayist
In more than 25 years on the airwaves, Bill Moyers has established a niche unique to TV journalists, becoming the social anthropologist of the USA, the objective eye of why America is what it is and Americans are who ... Read more »
Born: 06/04/1934 in Hugo, Oklahoma, USA

Filmography

Actor (104)

NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams 1983 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 2009, 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bill Moyers' Journal: Buying the War 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

Walter Cronkite: Witness to History 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Pickles, Inc. 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Host

Wide Angle - Beslan: Siege of School No 1 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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NOW 2002 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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Becoming American: The Chinese Experience 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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America Responds: A National Conversation 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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America Responds: A Special Report 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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America's First River: Moyers on the Hudson 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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George Lucas: Creating an Empire 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Looking For Answers 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Bill Moyers Reports: Earth on Edge 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying in America 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Fooling With Words With Bill Moyers 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Internight 1995 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Justice For Sale 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Sounds of Poetry With Bill Moyers 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Srebrenica: A Cry From the Grave 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Surviving the Good Times: A Moyers Report 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Facing the Truth With Bill Moyers 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Free Speech For Sale: A Bill Moyers Special 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Washington's Other Scandal 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Bill Moyers in Conversation With Sister Wendy 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Bill T. Jones: Still/Here With Bill Moyers 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Living on the Edge 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Does TV Kill? 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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On Values: Talking With Peggy Noonan 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The Great Health Care Debate With Bill Moyers 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The Language of Life With Bill Moyers 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Bill Moyers' Journal: A Life Together 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Bill Moyers' Journal: Janet Reno 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Bill Moyers' Journal: Money Talks 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Bill Moyers' Journal: Poet Laureate Rita Dove 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Bill Moyers' Journal: Pure Pete Seeger 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Bullish on America 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The New Holy War 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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God in History 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Healing and the Mind With Bill Moyers 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Alistair Cooke Salute 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The American Television Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Families First With Bill Moyers 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Listening to America With Bill Moyers 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Minimum Wages: The New Economy 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Moyers/20 Years of Listening to America 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Moyers/Circle of Recovery 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Moyers/Facing Hate With Elie Wiesel 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Moyers/Hate on Trial 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Class of the 20th Century 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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All Our Children With Bill Moyers 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Living in America 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Moyers/Beyond Hate 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Moyers/Oren Lyons the Faithkeeper 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Moyers/Spirit and Nature 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Moyers/The Arab World 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Moyers: Sports For Sale 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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A World of Ideas With Bill Moyers 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Edward R. Murrow: This Reporter 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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From D-Day to the Rhine With Bill Moyers 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Moyers: A Gathering of Men 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Moyers: The Power of the Word 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Moyers: The Public Mind 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Presidency, The Press & The People 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Bill Moyers' World of Ideas 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Campaign: Promises! Promises! 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Campaign: The Last Word 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Campaign: The Prime-time President 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Moyers: Facing Evil 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Moyers: God and Politics 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Moyers: Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The Hero's Journey 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Campaign '86: Election Night 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Moyers: In Search of the Constitution 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The Presidency and the Constitution 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Big Gamble in Atlantic City 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Vietnam: A Television History 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Our Friends the Germans 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Bill Moyers' Journal: International Report 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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48 Hours on Crack Street (TV Show)

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The Burger Years (TV Show)

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Whose America Is It? (TV Show)

Actor
Editor (2)

Genesis: A Living Conversation 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Editor

The New Holy War 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Editor
Producer (1)

The Progressives 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

In more than 25 years on the airwaves, Bill Moyers has established a niche unique to TV journalists, becoming the social anthropologist of the USA, the objective eye of why America is what it is and Americans are who they are. He is both the interviewer and chronicler who dares to believe that American TV viewers want to think and learn, to contemplate themselves, their pasts, their times and their futures. Although he has been associated with both CBS and NBC, Moyers has often sought the latitude of the less lucrative PBS and his TV programs--which he has moderated, hosted and usually produced--have focused on subjects ranging from the origins and connection to the song "Amazing Grace" to celebrating poets and poetry, to investigating myths, the Constitution, and even the scriptures. Moyers has spoken to America, but more key--he has listened.<p>Born in Oklahoma and raised in Texas, Moyers began his career in journalism at age 16 as a cub reporter at the MARSHALL NEWS MESSENGER in Texas. After attending college--earning degrees in journalism and, later, a master of divinity from Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary--Moyers began in broadcasting as assistant news editor of KTBS, a radio station in Austin, TX. His career then took a decided turn when he went to Washington, DC, as special assistant to fellow Texan, Senator Lyndon Johnson. He served as Deputy Director of The Peace Corps in the Kennedy administration and was later tapped as special assistant to the President Johnson (1963-1965) before serving as presidential press secretary from 1965-1967.<p>Moyers left Washington to become publisher of NEWSDAY, a newspaper headquartered on Long Island, NY. In 1970, Moyers, already a familiar TV face from the many White House press briefings, took to the airwaves as host of the PBS series "This Week". Between 1971 and 1976 and again from 1978 and 1981, he hosted "Bill Moyers' Journal" (PBS), a program that focused not on the headlines concerning America, but on issues closer to the heartland and neighborhoods of the USA. Moyers then moved to CBS as a senior news analyst and commentator, contributing to "The Evening News With Dan Rather" as well.<p>But he retained his connection with PBS, offering the first of his many in-depth topical looks, "Creativity With Bill Moyers" in 1982. CBS gave him his own primetime program "Our Times With Bill Moyers" in 1983, but it could not sustain the kind of ratings requirements and demographics broadcast TV requires. Moyers tried a again with "The American Parade" (CBS, 1984), which focused on the people, places, and things of the country, but also failed to meet ratings requirements. He decided to return to PBS as his base of operation in 1986, joining with his wife Judith Davidson to form Public Affairs Television, Inc, to produce the programs he would host. His return to PBS got off to a powerful start with three short series, each informative and provocative in its own way: "Bill Moyers: In Search of the Constitution" (1987), "Moyers: God and Politics" (1987) and "Moyers: Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth" (1988). Subsequent series have included "Bill Moyers' World of Ideas" (1988), "Moyers: The Power of the Word" (1989) and "Listening to America With Bill Moyers: (1992). In 1995, Moyers briefly joined NBC News as a senior news analyst and commentator and was he first host of its cable network MSNBC's "Internight" (1996).<p>Wherever Moyers hung his hat through the years, his on-going series do not reflect the myriad of specials he also produced and hosted, programs which have focused on politics, political campaigns, families, Islam and Holy Wars, Christianity and Holy Wars, and Americans such as Pete Seeger, poet laureate Rita Dove, historical figures such as Frederick Douglass, violence, money, faith. In his "Portrait of Maya Angelou" (PBS, 1982), Moyers and the poet/writer/commentator/activist walked the streets of Stamps, Arkansas, where she was raised and the words of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" came alive. Moyers walked the terrain of Normandy for "D-Day to the Rhine" (PBS, 1990), which looked back on the victories and setbacks of World War II and the people involved. In "Amazing Grace" (PBS, 1990), he found the true origins of this hymn, so integral a part of both Caucasian and African American church services, and asked several notables--among them opera diva Jessye Norman--what the song meant to them. Moyers put the soul of the Holocaust in front of the cameras for "Facing Hate With Elie Wiesel" (PBS, 1991), and looked at "Minimum Wage" (PBS, 1992), "Families First" (PBS, 1992), and the Bible with "Genesis: A Living Conversation" (PBS, 1986). In the latter, he had the celebrated and the not-so-celebrated reading and considering the text that is the foundation for three major religions and several billion people. Throughout it all, Moyers has been heralded with virtually every award given for journalism. His name has come to personify not just thoughtfulness and thought for viewers, but also fairness and the true objectivity of journalism. Although associated with both moderates and liberals during his tenure in Washington, DC, and a Baptist with down-home roots and values, Moyers carefully avoids displaying any partisanship. He has introduced white America to black America and offered radicals and reactionaries, but has never allowed his programs to be used as platforms.<p>Moyers has written numerous books, many best sellers that are often compilations of his TV programs or expansions on their themes.

Relationships

Ruby Johnson Moyers

Mother

Alice Suzanne Moyers

Daughter

John Davidson Moyers

Son

Judith Davidson

Wife
married in 1954

John Moyers

Father

William Moyers

Son
works for Hazelden Foundation, which treats substance abusers subject of a TV special produced by his parents which examined his struggles with addictions born c. 1959

EDUCATION

Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary

San Antonio , Texas 1959
(Divinity)

University of Edinburgh

1956 - 1957
graduate study

University of North Texas

Denton , Texas 1952 - 1954

University of Texas

Austin , Texas 1956
(BJ)

Milestones

2002

Served as host of "Now with Bill Moyers" (PBS)

1996

Produced and hosted the PBS series "Genesis: A Conversation"

1996

Hosted "Internight" on MSNBC

1995

Became senior news analyst on "NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw"

1993

Revived "Bill Moyers' Journal" on PBS; was both host and producer

1992

Hosted "Listening to America With Bill Moyers" (PBS)

1988

Won widespread attention for the PBS series "Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth"

1986

With wife Judith Davidson, formed Public Affairs Television, Inc.

1983

Hosted "Our Times with Bill Moyers" (CBS)

1969

Hosted the PBS series "This Week"

1949

Was reporter for the NEWS MESSENGER, a local newspaper in Marshall, Texas

Hosted "Bill Moyers' Journal" (PBS)

Worked in the Johnson Administration, including two years as press secretary

Served as special assistant to Senator Lyndon Baines Johnson

Named Deputy Director of The Peace Corps

Served as assistant news editor at KTBS, a radio station in Austin, Texas

Returned to PBS as host of "Bill Moyers' Journal"

Served as publisher of NEWSDAY

Was senior news analyst for CBS News; appeared regularly on "CBS Evening News With Dan Rather"

Bonus Trivia

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Inducted into the Television Hall of Fame (1995).

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Moyers had heart bypass surgery in 1994.

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"Southerners like to talk, and we like to listen. I grew up listening to people tell stories, listening to teachers read poetry, listening to radio . . . I'm comfortable listening. I like to listen to other people." --Bill Moyers in The Television Academy of Arts and Sciences HALL OF FAME commemorative, 1995.

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"I think I am looked at by viewers as a sojourner, a reporter who takes them with me on assignment . . . it's all connected: journalism, journal, journey." --Moyers quoted in ESQUIRE, October 1989.

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Moyers was arrested for drunk driving on July 27, 2002, in Arlington, VT after he was pulled over for driving erratically. Moyers says he had a glass of wine and some champagne but was not drunk at all and planned to fight the charges.

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