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NOW The Series: Bill Moyers
Bill Moyers David Brancaccio Credits
During his 25 years in broadcasting Bill Moyers has pursued a broad spectrum of journalism. The International Conference on Thinking, an annual gathering of scholars and researchers dedicated to improving critical and creative thinking, recently honored Moyers as a broadcaster "whose contributions to public awareness of the value and processes of thinking span multiple areas: helping the American public understand how we think, the influences that impact our thinking, and the joy and contributions that result from thinking effectively." In presenting Moyers with the prestigious Gold Baton, the highest honor of the Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award, Columbia University President Michael Sovern called him "a unique voice, still seeking new frontiers in television, daring to assume that viewing audiences are willing to think and learn."

A survey of television critics by Television Quarterly, the official journal of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, placed Moyers among the ten 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 is one of the first three persons to be awarded the Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts by the American Film Institute. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has also received the Career Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association and has been honored by the Television Critics Association for outstanding career achievement. 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."

Before establishing Public Affairs Television in 1986, he served as executive editor of the BILL MOYERS' JOURNAL on public television, senior news analyst for the CBS EVENING NEWS, and chief correspondent for the acclaimed documentary series, CBS Reports. Two of his public television series, CREATIVITY (1982) and A WALK THROUGH THE 20TH CENTURY (1984), were named the outstanding informational series by the Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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