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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 ifor 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 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,
Executive Editor, Executive Producer,
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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; and Facing Hate with Elie Wiesel. 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.
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Elena Mannes is an independent television producer/director based in New York City.
Mannes has received numerous awards for her documentary work which has appeared on both public and commercial television. Her honors include eight Emmys, a George Foster Peabody Award, two Directors Guild of America Awards, and nine Cine Golden Eagles.
Mannes recently completed work as series producer as well as producer/director/writer on the four-part series On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying to air on PBS in September 2000.
Mannes produced, wrote, and directed Norman Rockwell: Painting America, a 90-minute program shot in high definition which aired in the fall of 1999 as part of the American Masters series on PBS.
Mannes has been an independent producer since 1987. Her credits include the feature documentary film Amazing Grace with Bill Moyers (PBS) which won the Directors Guild Award as well as an Emmy for directing. She has also directed, produced, and written numerous hour-length documentaries for network television. One of her productions, Cover-Up at Ground Zero (ABC/Turning Point) tells the story of nuclear testing on American soil and won an Emmy for Outstanding Historical Documentary. For ABC, Mannes has also produced documentaries on the anniversary of Woodstock in 1994, in 1996 The Amazing Animal Mind, and in 1997 Animal Transplants: Madness or Miracle.
Other recent credits include Busted: America's War on Marijuana (Frontline/ PBS) which aired in April 1998. Mannes also produced and wrote New York Underground, a documentary on the history of the New York City subway, which aired in February 1997 as part of The American Experience history series on PBS. She also directed and produced a program for the DISCOVERY CHANNEL: The Great Gatsby (TLC 1997, Great Books Series).
Mannes's PBS credits include several documentaries featuring Bill Moyers. The Kingdom Divided (PBS), a 90-minute documentary won the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, an Emmy for Outstanding Background Analysis of a Current Story, and a Cine Golden Eagle. Promises! Promises!, won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.
Mannes has also produced and directed documentaries for CBS REPORTS and segments for 60 MINUTES and PRIME TIME LIVE (ABC). She worked with George Lucas to develop a television project incorporating documentary and dramatic sequences. And in 1992, Mannes directed a half-hour dramatic short, Safe House, as a participant in the Directing Workshop for Women at the American Film Institute.
Mannes received a B.A. from Smith College and a Masters Degree in International Politics from Johns Hopkins University.
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Gail Pellett has been a producer and reporter for more than 25 years in radio and TV. Since 1987 Pellett has produced ten documentaries and numerous public affairs programs with Bill Moyers' production company, Public Affairs Television, Inc. for broadcast on PBS. Previously, she was a producer and reporter with MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour, National Public Radio, CBC (Canadian Broadcasting), NBC's Today Show and WBCN-FM in Boston. In 1980/81 Pellett was invited to be a "foreign expert" editing and teaching broadcast journalism at Radio Beijing/Central Broadcasting in the People's Republic of China. In the mid-seventies she was public affairs director at WBAI-FM (Pacifica Network). In addition Pellett has published feature articles for The Washington Post Magazine, Mother Jones and The Village Voice.
With Bill Moyers, Pellett has produced and directed: A Death of One's Own and A Time to Change (two of the four-part series On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying to be broadcast September, 2000); Facing the Truth with Bill Moyers, a two-hour documentary about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa (March 30, 1999); The Hijacked Brain, part of the series, Close to Home, about addiction and recovery (aired March, 1998); The New Holy War (1993); Families First (1992); Spirit and Nature (1991); The Songs Are Free with Bernice Reagon (1990); Consuming Images part of The Public Mind series (1988); The Battle for the Bible part of the God and Politics series (1987).
Also with Moyers, Pellett produced fourteen episodes of World of Ideas I and II, two hours of Listening to America (weekly studio series tracking the issues of the '92 election); and two one-hour public affairs programs: Money Talks and The Great Health Care Debate.
In 1995 Pellett formed her own production company and with funding from The Ford Foundation and The Florence and John Schumann Foundation produced Shattering the Silences, a 90-minute documentary about challenges facing minority professors as they break into the ivory tower. It aired nationally on PBS in January 1997 and has been screened on hundreds of campuses as well as by President Clinton's Committee on Race.
Awards include: Columbia-Dupont Gold Baton; National Academy of Television Arts and Science Emmy nominations; George Foster Peabody; Cine Golden Eagle; National Education Film and Video Festival "Gold, "Bronze," and "Silver;" the Wilbur from the Religious Public Relations Council Inc; the American Women in Radio and Television; the National Women's Political Caucus; The American Film & Video Festival "Red Ribbon;" The New York Festivals award; "The Chris" from the Columbus International Film & Video Festival; the Georgi award for writing.
BILL MOYERS PHOTO CREDIT: DON PERDUE
JUDITH MOYERS PHOTO COURTESY PUBLIC AFFAIRS TELEVISION