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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 2012, at the of 77, Moyers began his latest media venture with the launch of Moyers & Company on 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.

Entries by Bill Moyers

A Tale of Two Goons

(21) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 2:11 PM

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Left: Ted Cruz at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2015. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr cc 2.0) Right: NHL player John Scott. (Screenshot, CBS sports)

We found ourselves this week talking about two very different guys,...

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Let's Ask Obama to Give This Speech Next

(37) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 1:44 PM

Barack Obama once confessed to politics' original sin but has yet to atone for it. He now has an opportunity to do so.

I speak of his promiscuous relationship with money in politics. During his 2008 race for the White House, Obama opted out of the public funding system for...

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Money Men Say, Voters Move Over, It's Not Your Election!

(170) Comments | Posted January 23, 2016 | 3:46 PM

David Brooks is a worried man.

Like many establishment Republicans, the conservative columnist for The New York Times sees the barbarians pouring through the gates and fears for both his party and the republic. Hail, Trump! Hail, Cruz! It's enough to send a sober centrist dashing through the Forum in...

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A Drone Protestor Heads to Jail

(34) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 10:52 AM

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A US drone aircraft lands at Afghanistan's Jalalabad Airport. (Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

This post first appeared at BillMoyers.com.

Mary Anne Grady Flores is in jail today and American citizens everywhere can surely breathe a sigh of relief that we...

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Tell the Truth About Bernie's Health Care Stand

(538) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 8:15 PM

The Clinton campaign just made a serious mistake.

They sent Hillary and Bill Clinton's daughter Chelsea out on behalf of her mother to bash Senator Bernie Sanders on the issue of health care.

What's so wrong with that? Don't all candidates use family surrogates when and where they can? The...

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The Plutocrats Are Winning. Don't Let Them!

(223) Comments | Posted December 23, 2015 | 9:22 AM

In the fall of 2001, in the aftermath of 9/11, as families grieved and the nation mourned, Washington swarmed with locusts of the human kind: wartime opportunists, lobbyists, lawyers, ex-members of Congress, bagmen for big donors: all of them determined to grab what they could for their corporate clients and...

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Bad News for Democracy Is Great News for TV Profits

(26) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 4:03 PM

Television news has gone off its rocker and turned our politics into the equivalent of a freak show's hall of mirrors.

The networks have grasped Donald Trump to their collective bosom like the winner of one of those misogynistic, televised beauty pageants he owns. Each pronouncement from the Sultan of...

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Lurking Within That Ominous Omnibus Spending Bill

(61) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 4:22 PM

There is an unwritten rule in Congress that before you do even a little for the working class you must do a lot for the donor class. So while the $1.1 trillion -- yes, that's a "t" -- budget bill now winding its way to passage contains some tax breaks...

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The GOP on the Eve of Destruction

(512) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 3:04 PM

For reasons hard to fathom, the Republicans seem to have made up their minds: they will divide, degrade and secede from the Union.

They will do so with bullying, lies and manipulation, a willingness to say anything, no matter how daft or wrong. They will do so by spending unheard...

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The Paradox of Paul Ryan: Why the Tea Party's Right to Be Wary

(68) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 9:09 AM

Only in a world where Cosmopolitan magazine can declare the Kardashians "America's First Family" and the multi-billionaire loose cannon Donald Trump is perceived by millions as the potential steward of our nuclear arsenal could about-to-be Speaker of the House Paul Ryan be savaged as insufficiently right-wing.

This...

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A Moyers Recommendation: James Autry's 'On Paying Attention'

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 6:34 PM

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James Autry and his son, Ron. Courtesy of the poet.

These days, I find consolation and relief from the craziness of politics, the woes of a hurting world, and an aching back - not to mention occasional intimations of mortality -...

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On TPP, Congress's Cat Burglars Are Pulling a Fast One

(103) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 5:01 PM

"With cat-like tread upon our foes we steal." So boasted Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance as they decided to try a little burglary for a change. And "steal" is the appropriate word.

It's hardly a surprise that Republican congressional leaders and their cadre of Democratic allies spurred on by...

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Hillary Clinton's Wall Street Address

(30) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 12:49 PM

"Perfect! Perfect!" exclaimed a woman looking around at the Four Freedoms Park on New York City's Roosevelt Island as a large crowd waited for Hillary Clinton to announce her presidential candidacy last weekend.

And so it was. Secretary Clinton had chosen an ideal setting to link her destiny to the...

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Fast-Track Derails Democracy

(22) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 10:59 AM

Pro-democracy forces won a big victory Friday when they stalled the top-secret Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement backed by the White House and the Republican leadership in Congress.

But it's only Round One. The unholy trio of Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (who has vowed to keep any of...

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Slam the Door on Fast-Track!

(78) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 8:05 AM

Finally! At last! Bipartisan collaboration in Washington -- and what a beaut! President Obama, the Republican Party, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, K Street lobbyists and giant multinational companies are all singing "Kumbaya" and working together to shove through Congress the fast-track legislation that will grease the...

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Turn Left on Main Street

(154) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 3:41 PM

Congressman John K. Delaney, what the hell are you talking about?

In a recent Washington Post op-ed piece, headlined, "The last thing America needs? A left-wing version of the Tea Party," the Democratic congressman from Maryland scolds progressives and expresses his worry "about where some of the loudest voices in...

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The Challenge of Journalism Is to Survive in the Pressure Cooker of Plutocracy

(8) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 9:02 AM

The following remarks were made by Bill Moyers at the presentation of the Helen Bernstein Book Awards for Excellence in Journalism. The ceremony took place at the New York Public Library on May 26, 2015.

Thank you for allowing me to share this evening with you. I'm delighted to meet...

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Netanyahu Speaks, Money Talks

(297) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 8:29 AM

Everything you need to know about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress Tuesday was the presence in the visitor's gallery of one man -- Sheldon Adelson.

The gambling tycoon is the Godfather of the Republican Right. The party's presidential hopefuls line up to kiss his assets, scraping and...

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The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree, Brutality's Never Far Away

(263) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 8:58 AM

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They burned him alive in an iron cage, and as he screamed and writhed in the agony of hell they made a sport of his death.

After listening to one newscast after another rightly condemn the barbaric killing of that Jordanian air force...

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Republicans and Wall Street Say, 'To Hell With Protecting the Public!'

(21) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 11:35 AM

Since December, Congress has twice passed measures to weaken regulations in the Dodd-Frank financial law that are intended to reduce the risk of another financial meltdown.

In the last election cycle, Wall Street banks and financial interests spent over $1.2 billion on lobbying and campaign contributions, according to

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