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Bill Moyers Fundraiser Still Has Tickets Available

Moyers, a longtime media commentator and Bernardsville resident, to hold talk at Dolce in Basking Ridge.

The ticket sales availability for The Friends of the Bernardsville Public Library's presentation of "An Evening with Bill Moyers" as a fundraiser for special programs and services at the library, has been extended through Friday morning.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Dolce in Basking Ridge.

Moyers, host of Moyers & Co. on PBS, former White House Press Secretary, and Bernardsville resident, is scheduled to discuss the influence of the media on democracy.

Tickets are $100 per person and proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Library's mission of funding special programs and services at the Library, which include children's programs, English-As-As Second-Language classes, and Sundays at Three concerts, along with computers, and books and materials that enhance the library's offerings to the community.

Tickets available at Bernardsville Library

Light refreshments are included, and a selection of books by Moyers will be available for purchase and signing. Tickets will be available to purchase at the library, with limited seating. For further information, call the library at 908-766-0118.

Madelyn English, adult program manager at the said Moyers is a supporter of the library and he wanted to help the Friends' continued mission. She said the event is being handled by the Friends of the Library organization.

A broadcast journalist for more than four decades, Bill Moyers has been recognized as one of the unique voices of our times, one that resonates with multiple generations, according to information from the Bernardsville library. In January 2012, at age 77, Moyers began his latest media venture with the launch of Moyers & Company on air and online at BillMoyers.com — providing “conversations on democracy” and explorations of contemporary culture, making sense of what matters to us all.

With his wife and creative partner, Judith Davidson Moyers, Bill Moyers has produced such groundbreaking public affairs series as NOW with Bill Moyers (from 2002 through 2005) and Bill Moyers Journal (from 2007 through 2010).

Moyers began his journalism career at age 16 as a cub reporter for his hometown daily newspaper in Marshall, TX, according to the library. He was a founding organizer and deputy director of the Peace Corps and special assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Moyers served as Johnson’s press secretary from 1965 to 1967.  As publisher of Newsday from 1967 to 1970, he brought aboard writers including Pete Hamill, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and Saul Bellow, and led the paper to two Pulitzer Prizes.  In 1976, he was the senior correspondent for the distinguished documentary series CBS Reports and later a senior news analyst for The CBS Evening News.

For his work, Bill Moyers has received more than 30 Emmys, two prestigious Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, nine Peabodys, and three George Polk Awards.  In the first year it was bestowed, Moyers received the prestigious Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts by the American Film Institute.  A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he also received the Career Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association and has been honored by the Television Critics Association for outstanding career achievement.

Moyers was elected to the Television Hall of Fame in 1995.  A year later he received the Charles Frankel Prize (now the National Humanities Medal) from the National Endowment for the Humanities “for outstanding contributions to American cultural life.”  In 2005, Moyers received the PEN USA Courageous Advocacy Award for his passionate, outspoken commitment to freedom of speech and his dedication to journalistic integrity.  He has also been honored with the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award.  The Museum of Broadcast Communications calls Moyers, “One of the few broadcast journalists who might be said to approach the stature of Edward R. Murrow.  If Murrow founded broadcast journalism, Moyers significantly extended its traditions.”

Moyers’ books include such bestsellers as Listening to America, The Power of Myth, Healing and the Mind, The Language of Life, Moyers on America: A Journalist and His Times, and Moyers on Democracy. His most recent book, Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues, was published in May 2011.  He currently serves as president of the Schumann Media Center, a non-profit organization that supports independent journalism.

 

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