During his 25 years in broadcasting, Bill Moyers has pursued a broad spectrum of journalism. In presenting Moyers with the prestigious Gold Baton, the highest honor of the Alfred I. DuPont Columbia University Award, Columbia University President Michael Sovern has 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 10 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 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."
In 1986, Moyers formed Public Affairs Television, Inc., with his wife and partner, Judith. This independent production company has produced almost 300 hours of programming, including such series as On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying; Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home; Genesis: A Living Conversation; Healing and the Mind; Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth; What Can We Do About Violence?; and The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith.
Prior to establishing Public Affairs Television, he was 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 information series by the Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Following his 1971 best-selling book, Listening to America, four books by Moyers based on his television series have also become bestsellers: Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth, A World of Ideas I and II, and Healing and the Mind.
Before entering broadcasting, Moyers served as Deputy Director of the Peace Corps in the Kennedy Administration and was Special Assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1963-1967, including two years as White House press secretary. He left the White House in January, 1967, to become the publisher of Newsday. For 12 years Moyers was a Trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation and now serves as President of The Florence and John Schumann Foundation.
Born in Oklahoma and raised in Texas, Moyers began his varied career at age 16 as a cub reporter on the Marshall News Register.
Judith Davidson Moyers
Judith Davidson Moyers is president of Public Affairs Television, Inc. an independent production company in which she collaborates with her husband, Bill Moyers. In addition to her CEO responsibilities, she has also been Executive Producer of major Public Affairs Television documentaries and documentary series such as Facing the Truth; Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home; Free Speech for Sale; The Language of Life with Bill Moyers; Amazing Grace; Circle of Recovery; All Our Children; Families First; The Arab World; Minimum Wages; Facing Hate with Elie Wiesel and On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying. She was Executive Editor of Public Affairs Television's Fooling with Words, Genesis, The Wisdom of Faith and Healing and the Mind as well as the election-year series entitled Listening to America with Bill Moyers.
A member of the Academy of Television Arts and Science, Judith Moyers has been awarded several Emmys and the prestigious Everett C. Parker Award.
She has long been involved in a wide range of corporate, civic, and educational affairs. She is a director of The Ogden Corporation. Previously she served as a director of mutual funds for PaineWebber and Capital Research Group and on the board of Columbia Residential Realty, Inc.
For 13 years she was a Trustee of the State University of New York and Vice-Chair. She was a director of the Research Foundation of New York State and the Rockefeller Institute of Government and earlier served as a Trustee of Hofstra University. She currently serves on the Board of the Public Agenda Foundation.
A founder of the Day Care Council of Nassau County and the national consumer organization Educational Products Information Exchange, she has been recognized as an advocate for children over many years. She has been honored for her work with the National Council of Christians and Jews, the Girl Scouts of America, and the Laymenis Ecumenical Council.
Beginning with her teaching experience in Scotland in the 50s, Moyers has been keenly interested in international education and has served as a U.S. Commissioner to UNESCO, a member of a White House Commission on Children, and a member of the National Governors Association Task Force on Education and Economic Development.
Born in Dallas, she is a graduate of the University of Texas.
Judy Doctoroff O'Neill
Judy Doctoroff O'Neill is Executive Vice President of Public Affairs Television, Inc., an independent production company based in New York City. Since the company's inception in 1986, Doctoroff O'Neill has overseen the production and complementary promotion, education, and outreach campaigns for nearly 300 hours of programming for public television. She has served as production executive for many of Bill Moyers' award-winning documentaries and series, including: Beyond Hate; A World of Ideas; Healing and the Mind; The Language of Life; What Can We Do About Violence?; Spirit and Nature; and Listening to America. Most recently, she has served as co-executive producer of Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home and On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying. A graduate of Yale, Doctoroff O'Neill lives with her husband and three children in New York's Hudson River Valley.
Sherry Jones is an award-winning television producer with dozens of productions to her credit. She is based in Washington, DC and is the head of her own production company, Washington Media Associates.
Sherry Jones' films have won six Emmy Awards, three DuPont Columbia Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism, three George Foster Peabody Awards for significant and meritorious achievement in broadcasting, two Robert F. Kennedy awards for outstanding coverage of the problems of the disadvantaged, and three Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Overseas Press Club for best documentary on foreign affairs.
Jones has produced twenty-three documentaries for the PBS documentary series, FRONTLINE, including two with journalist Bill Moyers; two ABC News Peter Jennings Reporting specials, including Hiroshima: Why the Bomb Was Dropped; and seven films based in Russia and the former Soviet Union.
In 1998, Jones and Moyers collaborated on Washington's Other Scandal, a one-hour FRONTLINE documentary investigating the campaign finance scandals during the 1996 elections which was honored with a Peabody Award. Their 1990 ninety-minute FRONTLINE special, High Crimes and Misdemeanors, won three Emmy awards - for Outstanding Investigative Journalism, Outstanding Individual Achievement in Research and a Special Classification for Individual Achievement - as well as a duPont Columbia Silver baton.
In 1997, Jones produced The Lost American, a ninety-minute film on the life and work of the missing humanitarian, Fred Cuny. In 1999, she completed The Crash, an examination of the causes of the global economic crisis which began in Thailand before roaring through other economies, and leaving almost 40 per cent of the world mired in recession. The Crash won the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club. Last year, Jones wrote and produced Return of the Czar, a result of her ten years of reporting and filming in Russia, which was broadcast just as Vladimir Putin was inaugurated the new Russian President. It has also been awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club.
In 1996, Jones was honored as a "Woman of Vision" by Women in Film and Video. She is a fellow of the National Security Archive in Washington, DC. She holds a Masters degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, and in 2000, was voted a member of the University's Medill School of Journalism "Hall of Fame."
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