Bill Moyers, Journalist

Bill began his journalism career at age 16 as a cub reporter on the Marshall News Messenger.He earned his B.A. in journalism with honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1956, and three years later received his Bachelor of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary at Fort Worth, Texas. After serving as deputy director of the Peace Corps during the Kennedy Administration, he became the press secretary for former President Lyndon B. Johnson. As the first presidential spokesperson to make the transition to journalist, he has a unique perspective on the forces affecting news coverage.


Moyers left the White House in 1967 to become publisher of Newsday, served as editor-in-chief of Bill Moyers’ Journal an award-winning program on public television, from 1970-76, and then moved on to CBS. He has also served as president of The Florence and John Schumann Foundation, and was a trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation for 12 years. Bill has been recognized with 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 Gold Baton, the highest honor of the Alfred I. DuPont/Columbia University Award. Five of the books based on his television series, among them the 1971 work Listening to America have become bestsellers.