Bill Moyers

b. 5 June 1934, Hugo, OK

Journalist and commentator; president, Schumann Center for Media and Democracy

Bill Moyers’ voice is immediately recognizable—at once plain-spoken and resoundingly eloquent. Honored many times with broadcast journalism’s highest accolades, he has engaged millions in thoughtful consideration of issues of economic justice, religion, media bias and power politics. Moyers’ journalistic horizons were broadened by several career detours. After writing for his hometown newspaper as a teenager and studying journalism in college, Moyers shifted gears to pursue Baptist ministry. Soon, he was drawn into politics. Working for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson at the White House, he was able to observe the birth pangs of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. In 1971, Moyers came to PBS, and began producing and hosting groundbreaking programs such as The Power of Myth, NOW, and Bill Moyers’ Journal. Moyers continues to be a singularly ardent advocate for journalistic ethics and the pursuit of authentic democracy.

The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey