Bill Moyers has been a major figure in public journalism and public affairs for more than five decades. He began his journalism career at 16 as a cub reporter for his daily hometown newspaper in Marshall, Texas. After graduating from the University of Texas, his career path took him from the University of Edinburgh Scotland to the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas where he received his Masters of Divinity degree before joining the staff of the Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Baines Johnson. Moyers was a founding organizer and deputy director of the Peace Corps (1962-63) and special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson for domestic policy before serving as his press secretary from 1965-67.
He was publisher of Newsday for three years before joining the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) in 1971, hosting Bill Moyers Journal. He served as senior correspondent for the CBS documentary series CBS Reports and for five years was senior news analyst of the CBS Evening News. He is president of the Schumann Media Center, a nonprofit organization for the support of independent journalism.
For his work, Moyers has received more than 36 Emmys, six prestigious Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University Awards, nine Peabodys and three George Polk Awards. A best-selling author, Moyers’ works include Listening to America, Moyers on America: A Journalist and his Times, Moyers on Democracy and Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues.
Michael Winship is the Schumann Senior Writing Fellow at the progressive news website Common Dreams, where he writes and edits political analysis and commentary; immediate past president of the Writers Guild of America East, AFL-CIO; and immediate past chair of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds.
Winship is a veteran television writer and producer who has created programming for America’s major PBS stations, CBS, the Discovery and Learning Channels, A&E, Turner Broadcasting, the Disney Channel, Lifetime, Sesame Workshop (formerly the Children’s Television Workshop) and National Geographic, among others.
In 2008, he joined his longtime friend and colleague Bill Moyers at Bill Moyers Journal on PBS and their writing collaboration has been close ever since, working together on the Journal, as well as the public TV series Moyers & Company, the book Bill Moyers: The Conversation Continues and the BillMoyers.com website. They share an Emmy and three Writers Guild Awards for writing excellence. Winship’s television work also has been honored by the Christopher, Western Heritage, Genesis and CableACE Awards.