During his 25 years in broadcasting, Bill Moyers has pursued a broad spectrum of journalism for which he has received many major awards including over 30 Emmys; the Erik Barnouw Award from the Organization of American Historians; the George Foster Peabody Award for political reporting and international coverage; and the prestigious Gold Baton, which is 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." He was one of the first three persons to be awarded the Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts by The American Film Institute. 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 of television news.
Since establishing Public Affairs Television as an independent production company in 1986, Moyers has produced more than 240 programming hours including: JOSEPH CAMPBELL AND THE POWER OF MYTH; AMAZING GRACE; THE LANGUAGE OF LIFE WITH BILL MOYERS; HEALING AND THE MIND; WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT VIOLENCE?; FACING EVIL; IN SEARCH OF THE CONSTITUTION; THE SECRET GOVERNMENT; THE CONSTITUTION IN CRISIS; GOD AND POLITICS; A WORLD OF IDEAS; THE PUBLIC MIND; A GATHERING OF MEN WITH ROBERT BLY; THE SONGS ARE FREE WITH BERNICE JOHNSON REAGON; PROJECT CENSORED; SPORTS FOR SALE; THE ARAB WORLD; ALL OUR CHILDREN; THE POWER OF THE WORD; BEYOND HATE; THE HOME FRONT; SPIRIT AND NATURE; SPECIAL REPORT: AFTER THE WAR; 20 YEARS OF LISTENING TO AMERICA; CIRCLE OF RECOVERY; FACING HATE WITH ELIE WIESEL; MINIMUM WAGES; HATE ON TRIAL; FAMILIES FIRST; LISTENING TO AMERICA WITH BILL MOYERS, AN ELECTION-YEAR SERIES; and, most recently, THE WISDOM OF FAITH WITH HUSTON SMITH.
In addition to his 1971 best-selling book, LISTENING TO AMERICA, four of Moyers' books based on his television series have also become bestsellers. Additionally, he has served as Deputy Director of the Peace Corps in the Kennedy Administration and Special Assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1963-67. He left the White House to become publisher of Newsday, was for 12 years 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 as a cub reporter on the Marshall News Messenger at age 16. He and his wife, Judith Davidson Moyers, have three grown children.
Judith Davidson Moyers
Judith Davidson Moyers is president of Public Affairs Television, Inc., an independent production company in which she collaborates with her husband, journalist Bill Moyers. She is also executive producer of major documentaries and documentary series including: AMAZING GRACE; CIRCLE OF RECOVERY; ALL OUR CHILDREN; FAMILIES FIRST; SPORTS FOR SALE; THE ARAB WORLD; AFTER THE WAR; THE HOME FRONT; OREN LYONS THE FAITHKEEPER; THE SONGS ARE FREE WITH BERNICE JOHNSON REAGON; MINIMUM WAGES; FACING HATE WITH ELIE WIESEL; BEYOND HATE; HATE ON TRIAL; AND SPIRIT AND NATURE. She served as Executive Editor of Public Affairs Television's election-year series, LISTENING TO AMERICA WITH BILL MOYERS, and the popular series HEALING AND THE MIND WITH BILL MOYERS. She is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and has been awarded several Emmys.
In addition to a broad background in business, Moyers has long been involved in civic and educational affairs, particularly as an advocate for children. She is currently a director of Ogden Corporation as well as some 25 of Paine Webber's mutual funds. For 13 years she was a Trustee of the State University of New York and Vice-Chair. She was director of the Research Foundation of New York State and the Rockefeller Institute of Government. She is a member of The Society for Values in Higher Education, serves on the Board of The Public Agenda Foundation and is a founder of the Day Care Council of Nassau County and the national consumer organization Educational Products Information Exchange.
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 Governor's Association Task Force on Education and Economic Development.
Born in Dallas, she is a graduate of the University of Texas. She and Bill Moyers have been married for more than 40 years and have three children.
Catherine Tatge is a Producer/Director of film and television. Ms. Tatge's latest production involves directing a JEAN HOUSTON pilot show for Connecticut Public Television. Additionally, she is working as producer/director of the television adaptation of Elizabeth Swados' musical theater work RThe Hating Pot,S which is now in the post-production stage. Ms. Tatge recently served as producer/director for the ten-hour Bill Moyers series GENESIS: A LIVING CONVERSATION. She produced the television version of Bill T. Jones' dance production STILL/HERE for Amaya Distribution and KTCA/Alive TV. She served as co-executive producer on a four-hour series with Bill Moyers entitled WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT VIOLENCE? Ms.
Tatge directed the documentary MARTHA GRAHAM, THE DANCER REVEALED, a co-production of American Masters, Cameras Continentales, BBC, and La Sept/Arte and also produced a documentary entitled TENNESSEE WILLIAMS: ORPHEUS OF THE AMERICAN STAGE, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. She produced the New York City Ballet feature version of "The Nutcracker" which was released by Warner Brothers in November 1993. She also co-produced and co-directed three programs on the nature of hate co-produced and hosted by Bill Moyers: BEYOND HATE, FACING HATE WITH ELIE WIESEL,
and HATE ON TRIAL. Catherine Tatge's accomplishments include an Emmy Award as series producer/director of the acclaimed 1988 PBS series, with Bill Moyers, JOSEPH CAMPBELL AND THE POWER OF MYTH. She was also series producer/director of a four-hour documentary series THE CREATIVE SPIRIT, funded by IBM, which aired in April 1992 on PBS.
* TENNESSEE WILLIAMS: ORPHEUS OF THE AMERICAN STAGE for AMERICAN MASTERS (1995).
* BALANCHINE ESSAYS, a ten-part series produced for the New York City Ballet (in progress).
* STELLA ADLER: AWOKE AND DREAM for AMERICAN MASTERS (1989).
* For DANCE IN AMERICA, AMERICAN INDIAN DANCE THEATER: FINDING THE CIRCLE (1989).
* BOOK OF DAYS, a feature film directed by Meredith Monk (1988).
* PBS' pledge week special A GRAND NIGHT, featuring artists Michael Feinstein, Shirley Jones, Sam Ramey, Leona Mitchell, The Kronos Quartet, Richard Thomas, and others (1988).
* The Emmy Award-winning PBS series with Bill Moyers, JOSEPH CAMPBELL AND THE POWER OF MYTH (1987-1988).
* DIRECTED BY WILLIAM WYLER, the Emmy-nominated documentary on the life and work of the American film director for the AMERICAN MASTERS series, which won the Gold Hugo at the Chicago Film Festival and the CINE Golden Eagle and was selected by the Venice, New York, Montreal, London and Chicago Festivals (1986).
* ON THE MOVE: THE CENTRAL BALLET OF CHINA, a performance documentary on the Central Ballet of China's tour of the United States for PBS' GREAT PERFORMANCES series (1983-86).
* The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in "Three by Three" for PBS' GREAT PERFORMANCES, which won a Chicago Film Festival Gold Plaque and was awarded 1st Prize by the National Black Programming Consortium (1985).
* GLENN MILLER: A MOONLIGHT SERENADE, a 1984 pledge week special for PBS.
* "Confessions of a Cornermaker," choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp. winner of a 1982 ACE Award.
* THE CAMPAIGN FOR CARNEGIE HALL, a film about the history of the Hall and the great artists who have performed there, for its 1985 fundraising campaign. This film was honored with an ITVA Blue Ribbon Award.
* All the original dance programming for CBS Cable from 1981-82.
* Robert Schumann's "Davidsbundlertanze," choreographed by George Balanchine with the New York City Ballet.
* MAY O'DONNELL: DANCE ENERGIES, focusing on the works of this pioneer of American modern dance.
* Pat Carroll's dramatic production "Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein."
* The variety special PARIS, I LOVE YOU, a co-production with Roland Petit's Ballet National de Marseille.
* From 1977-80, Ms. Tatge was a producer for WNET/Thirteen and ABC Arts. Productions included: KATHERINE DUNHAM: DIVINE DRUMBEATS, taped on location in Haiti for GREAT PERFORMANCES; THE ROMANTIC AGE, starring Carla Fracci and Alicia Alonso, for the Festival Cervantino in Mexico; THE MEANINGS OF MODERN ART, a public broadcasting documentary series filmed on location in Europe, written by John Russell; and "Duets", choreographed by Jerome Robbins, starring Mikhail Baryshnikov and Natalia Makarova.
* THE HATING POT, a one-hour television adaptation of Elizabeth Swados' performance piece (1996).
* GENESIS: A LIVING CONVERSATION, a ten part series hosted by Bill Moyers (1996).
* MARIA TALLCHIEF, an archival retrospective for The George Balanchine Foundation (1995).
* MARTHA GRAHAM: THE DANCER REVEALED, a one-hour documentary for PBS' AMERICAN MASTERS Series (1994).
* BEYOND HATE, HATE ON TRIAL, AND FACING HATE WITH ELIE WIESEL, 3 PBS Specials with Bill Moyers (1991-1992).
* ROBERT MOTHERWELL AND THE NEW YORK SCHOOL: STORMING THE CITADEL, part of the 1991 season of PBS' AMERICAN MASTERS series.
* THE GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM'S WORKS AND PROCESS series which most recently featured the American Composers Orchestra production of Kurt Weil's "Lost In the Stars," Twyla Tharp's latest piece "Bum's Rush," and "Discovering the Mahabharata: An Evening with Peter Brook and Jean-Claude Carriere" (1987-90).
* Conversations for Bill Moyers' 1988 series WORLD OF IDEAS.
* THE CREATIVE SPIRIT, a four-hour series on creativity for PBS (1992).
The Emmy Award, The ACE Award, The INTERCOM Silver Hugo Award, The Chicago International Film Festival Gold Plaque Award, The Council on International Nontheatrical Events Golden Eagle Award, The San Francisco International Film Festival Golden Gate Award, United States Industrial Film and Video Festival Silver Screen Award, International Film and Television Festival of New York Finalist Award, The National Black Programming consortium Prized Pieces International Video and Film Award, The American Film and Video Festival Blue Ribbon Award, The Association of Visual Communicators Bronze Cindy Award, The National Educational Film and Video Festival Golden Apple Award, and the DuPont Columbia Award, among others.
Public Affairs Television, Inc.
Public Affairs Television, Inc. is an independent production company in New York City which produces both documentaries and specials. Founded in 1986 by Bill Moyers and Judith Davidson Moyers, PAT has produced over 200 hours of programming since its inception. The programs address a range of topics including politics and social issues and have included the highly acclaimed PBS series JOSEPH CAMPBELL AND THE POWER OF MYTH; IN SEARCH OF THE CONSTITUTION, an eleven-part series examining the constitution and the issues that swirl around it even today; GOD AND POLITICS which examined the relationship between religion and politics; SPORTS FOR SALE, an in-depth look at the corruption in college sports;
THE SONGS ARE FREE: BERNICE JOHNSON REAGON, a portrait of the innovative founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock; WORLD OF IDEAS, a series of one-on-one conversations with influential thinkers from the worlds of science, literature, music and history; ALL OUR CHILDREN, an in-depth look at the crises facing our school system and a number of educators and kids whose innovative solutions may serve as national models; MINIMUM WAGES, an exploration of how today's economy affects the lives of working America; LISTENING TO AMERICA, a weekly election series which explored the issues facing the American citizen during the 1992 election year; HEALING AND THE MIND, the acclaimed series examining how our minds affect our
health; BILL MOYERS' JOURNAL, a monthly series focusing on a wide variety of topics, from poetry, to campaign financing, to homosexuality and religion; WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT VIOLENCE?, a four-hour examination of programs in the country that are successfully combating youth violence; THE LANGUAGE OF LIFE, an eight-part series on poetry featuring some of the most vital contemporary voices; THE WISDOM OF FAITH WITH HUSTON SMITH, a five-hour journey through the world's religions with the preeminent professor of the subject, Huston Smith; and GENESIS: A LIVING CONVERSATION, a ten-part series examining the sacred stories in the book of Genesis with 38 writers, theologians, artists, psychologists, lawyers and musicians.