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    Bill Moyers, born in 1934, American publisher, editor, producer of documentaries, and broadcast journalist, known for his skill in interviewing. Born in Hugo, Oklahoma, Moyers graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1956 and the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1959. While in college Moyers worked for Senator Lyndon Johnson in Washington, D.C. When he returned to Texas to continue his studies, he worked as assistant news director on a television station owned by Lady Bird Johnson. He served again on Senator Johnson`s Washington staff from 1959 to 1960, then was appointed as assistant director of the Peace Corps, where he served from 1961 to 1963. When Johnson became president of the United States in 1963, Moyers worked as his special assistant from 1963 to 1966, and as his press secretary from 1965 to 1966. Moyers left to become publisher of the daily paper "Newsday" in 1966. Under his direction, the paper won 33 major awards. He joined public television in 1971 as editor-in-chief of Bill Moyers Journal (1971-1976, 1978-1981). He was also a contributing editor of "Newsweek" magazine from 1974 to 1976, chief correspondent for CBS Reports from 1976 to 1978, and senior news analyst for CBS from 1981 to 1986. He served as executive editor of Public Affairs TV, Inc. beginning in 1981. He won a 1988 Emmy Award for his series on American writer Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth (1988). From 1988 Moyers produced numerous documentaries, which were filmed throughout the world, and a series, A World of Ideas, featuring literary and political figures. In 1995 he joined the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) as a news analyst for the NBC Nightly News. In 1996 Moyers was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.

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