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.