BILL MOYERS TO RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHEIVEMENT AWARD AT 27th ANNUAL NEWS & DOCUMENTARY EMMY AWARDS

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BILL MOYERS TO RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHEIVEMENT AWARD
AT NEWS & DOCUMENTARY EMMY AWARDS

Ceremony to Follow Symposium with Moyers
At Fordham University on September 25

New York, N.Y. – August 1, 2006 – Veteran television journalist Bill Moyers will be honored with the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s News & Documentary Emmy® Awards, it was announced today by Peter Price, President/CEO of the National Television Academy. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented on Monday, September 25, at a black tie gala at the Marriott Marquis before more than 700 television industry and news executives, journalists and producers.

Earlier that day, Moyers will participate in a panel discussion on current news topics, to be held at Fordham University. Moderating the panel will be Everette Dennis, Felix Larkin Professor of Communications, Fordham Business School. Moyers will be interviewed by Bill Small, Chairman of the News & Documentary Emmy Awards and Av Westin, Executive Director, The Foundation of the National Television Academy and Co-Chairman, Awards Committee, News & Documentary.

Moyers, who has spent more than three decades at PBS, is currently reporting on the hot-button issues of faith and reason in a seven-part PBS series that explores the ideas of leading thinkers on the relationship between religious fundamentalism and democracy, equality and human rights. With his wife and business partner, Judith Davidson Moyers, the veteran journalist founded Public Affairs Television in 1986, which has produced a broad spectrum of journalistic programs. For three years beginning in January 2002, Public Affairs Television also produced the highly acclaimed weekly newsmagazine NOW with Bill Moyers for PBS. The company is also currently producing three three documentary specials to air on PBS this fall — one on evangelical Christians and global warming, one on the Abramoff scandals, and a third on threats to the democratic access to the Internet.

Over the years, Moyers and his program have received more than 30 Emmy Awards as well as virtually every major television and journalism award.

“Bill Moyers has devoted his lifetime to the exploration of the major issues and ideas of our time and our country, giving television viewers an informed perspective on political and societal concerns,” said Price, in announcing the award. “The scope of and quality of his broadcasts have been honored time and again. It is fitting that the National Television Academy honor him with our highest honor – the Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Bill Small, Chairman of the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, added, “Bill Moyers, the most acclaimed anchor/producer for Public Broadcasting, has created an extensive collection of stimulating dialogues and documentaries on what America means. He has distinguished himself by some of the most acclaimed documentaries ever telecast and after more than 35 years in the industry, he actively continues to inform and challenge television viewers.”

Before establishing Public Affairs Television, Moyers served as executive editor of 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 Outstanding Informational Series by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Prior to entering broadcasting, Moyers was Deputy Director of the Peace Corps in the Kennedy Administration and Special Assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1963-1967, including two years as White House press secretary (a recent survey of readers of American Journalism Review named Moyers “the best White House press secretary of all time.”) He left the White House in January 1967 to become publisher of Newsday, was for 12 years a trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation and now serves as president of The Schumann Center for Media and Democracy. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Organization of American Historians.

In addition to his 1971 best-selling book, Listening to America, four of Moyers’ books based on his television series have also become bestsellers. His body of work includes the titles: Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth, A World of Ideas l and ll, Healing and the Mind, Report from Philadelphia (celebrating the Bicentennial of the Constitution), The Secret Government, Genesis, and Fooling with Words: A Celebration of Poets and Their Craft. His most recent work is Moyers on America, a collection of speeches published in 2004.

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 is a graduate of the University of Texas, which has presented him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award, and holds the Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

The National Television Academy is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime, Creative Arts, Public & Community Service, Technology & Engineering/Advanced Media and Business & Financial Reporting. Excellence in Primetime programming and international programming is recognized by its affiliate, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Regional Emmys are given in 19 regions across the United States. Beyond awards, the National Television Academy has extensive educational programs including National Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public. For more information, please visit the website at.

The National Television Academy is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime, Creative Arts, Public & Community Service, Technology & Engineering/Advanced Media and Business & Financial Reporting. Excellence in Primetime programming and international programming is recognized by its affiliate, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Regional Emmys are given in 19 regions across the United States. Beyond awards, the National Television Academy has extensive educational programs including National Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public. For more information, please visit the website at www.emmyonline.tv.