Bill Moyers Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Anusuya Mukherjee
Nov 10, 2023 By Anusuya Mukherjee
Originally Published on Apr 14, 2022
Bill Moyers is well recognized for his civic activities and investigative journalism.
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About Bill Moyers

Moyers has had a long and successful career in broadcast journalism, during which he's won numerous awards, including over 30 Emmys.
For those who aren't familiar with Bill Moyers, he is an acclaimed journalist and public commentator who was also the White House Press Secretary from 1965-1967. The American journalist has also been a network TV news commentator for about a decade.
Throughout his journalism career, Bill Moyers has been involved in producing a number of documentaries, news journal programs, and public broadcasting. Bill Moyers has been identified as a stark critic of the corporate form of the US news media. Following the assassination of John F Kennedy, Bill Moyers served as the speechwriter, chief of staff, special assistant, and press secretary to the then-American president, Lyndon B. Johnson. As of today, Bill Moyers is 87 years old and lives with his wife. The couple has been married for over 65 years and is parents to three children and grandparents to five. Unsurprisingly, Bill Moyers is a well-learned person who has amassed a considerable amount of wealth by burning the midnight oil for many years. Bill Moyers is undoubtedly one of the most respected individuals in the field of journalism and is also widely recognized as a well-averse political commentator. Read on to learn more about the childhood, earnings, and relationships of Bill Moyers.

Bill Moyers Net Worth, Earnings, & Spending Habits

What is Bill Moyers’s net worth?

In the past years, Bill Moyers has earned considerably more than any other journalist and political commentator owing to his popularity and respect for his expertise. It is believed that Bill Moyers has a net worth of around $9 million. He is currently known to reside in Bernardsville, New Jersey along with his wife.

Height, Age, & Physical Attributes

How old is Bill Moyers?

Bill Moyers was born in the city of Hugo, Oklahoma, located in the United States, on June 5, 1934. The Oklahoma-born American journalist has since gone on to build a reputation for himself as one of the biggest faces of American news media. Apart from being a journalist, Bill Moyers occupied a number of offices throughout his career and was also a part of the Kennedy administration.

Childhood And Education

A lesser-known fact about Bill Moyers is that when he was born, he was known as Billy Don Moyers. Born in the southeastern part of Oklahoma, the city of Hugo is the birthplace of this American journalist. Bill grew up living in Marshall, Texas and by the age of 16, he was sure of what he wanted to be in life and had already started working at the Marshall News Messenger as a cub reporter.

Bill Moyers joined the North Texas State College in Denton, Texas to study journalism. Later, in 1954, US Senator Lyndon Johnson employed Bill Moyers as his summer intern. After some time, Johnson promoted him to the manager of his personal mail. Eventually, he went on to write for 'The Daily Texan' newspaper after he joined the University of Texas at Austin. A couple of years later, in 1956, Bill Moyers completed his graduation and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree to embark on his journalism career. During his stay in Austin, Bill worked as the assistant news editor at the KTBC radio and television stations owned by Lady Bird Johnson. Bill later joined the University of Edinburgh in Scotland during 1956-57 where he studied the issues of state and church. A couple of years later, in 1959, Bill completed his Master of Divinity degree from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary located in Fort Worth, Texas. He had further plans to enter into a Doctor of Philosophy program in American Studies at the University of Texas.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Bill Moyers was born in Oklahoma during the mid-'30s to a laborer, John Henry Moyers, and Ruby Johnson Moyers. It is believed that Bill Moyers enjoyed a healthy family life growing up, and eventually went on to marry his college sweetheart. Interestingly, Bill Moyers has often stated that his marriage hasn't been a cakewalk and that the couple has made sacrifices to keep the ship sailing. Let us take a closer look at the family relationships of Bill Moyers.

Who is Bill Moyers' family?

The former White House Press Secretary grew up living in Marshall, Texas. A fairly unknown fact about Moyers is that he has an elder brother named James Henry. As of today, Moyers lives with his wife, and his children are all well settled into their adulthood, with one of his sons being the producer of CNN.

Who is Bill Moyers' partner?

Bill tied the knot with his college love, Judith Suzanne Davidson, on December 18, 1954. They have been together ever since. The couple has three children: William Cope Moyers, Alice Suzanne Moyers, and John Davidson Moyers. All of his children have earned a name for themselves in the world with John Moyers assisting in the creation of the website and his other son, William Cope Moyers, becoming the producer of CNN. William Moyers went through a rough patch in life when he was dealing with substance abuse. In his book, 'Broken: My Story Of Addiction And Redemption', he gives his account of his struggle against overcoming substance abuse and also talks about how Bill Moyers played a pivotal role in helping him overcome his issues.

Career And Professional Highlights

Prior to joining the University of Texas, Bill Moyers had already begun taking baby steps toward his journalism career. He worked as a cub reporter at the age of 16. After some time, Bill went on to work as a summer intern for U.S. Senator Johnson. During 1960, Bill acted as a liaison between the Democratic presidential nominee, U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy, and Democratic vice-presidential candidate Johnson. Bill later became a part of the Kennedy administration as he was the first associate director of public affairs and later went on to become the deputy director.
Following Kennedy's assassination, Bill became the special assistant to Johnson from 1963-1967 and managed to simultaneously become the press secretary of the White House. After parting ways with Johnson in 1967, Bill stepped back into the world of journalism working at Newsday from 1967-1970. Surprisingly, during his time at Newsday, Bill Moyers lead the publication towards success by winning a couple of Pulitzer awards but was criticized by the conservative owner of the publication for covering the Vietnam war protests. Bill was a democrat and parted ways with Newsday during the 1968 election as the publication owner, Guggenheim, had opposite political views and supported Nixon for the presidential elections.

Best Known For…

Bill Moyers is arguably one of the most respected personalities in the field of journalism for his true and raw commentary style on media bias, class, and media welfare. At the same time, Bill has also produced a number of documentaries and news programs including the likes of 'Joseph Campbell And The Power Of Myth Series', 'Bill Moyers Journal', 'A World Of Ideas', 'In Search Of The Constitution', and many others. Bill Moyers is notably recognized by a large section of society for working at CBS, NBC News, and PBS as well. As of today, Bill Moyers is no longer on PBS. He is also renowned for establishing the Public Affairs Television along with his wife back in 1986, whose first production was the famous 'Joseph Campbell And The Power Of Myth' series. He has also written a number of books such as 'Genesis: A Living Conversation', 'Doubleday', 'Listening To America: A Traveler Rediscovers His Country', 'Harper Magazine Press', '1971' and more.

What awards has Bill Moyers won?

Bill Moyers has won a number of accolades throughout his career ranging from the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism and the Lifetime Emmy Award in 2006. Earlier in 1995, Bill Moyers became a part of the Television Hall of Fame. One of the most prestigious awards he has been bestowed with has probably been the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He has also received a gold baton exclusively from Alfred I and has won over 30 Emmys to date. Some of the other awards and prizes won by Bill Moyers include the Lifetime Peabody Award by DuPont-Columbia University Awards, the George Polk Career Award, and a doctorate awarded by the American Film Institute. Moreover, Bill Moyers is also an honorary member of the American Philosophical Society as well as the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Bill is also the recipient of the Charles Frankel Prize for his contributions to America's cultural life. Interestingly, the Charles Frankel Prize is today known as the National Humanities Medal.

Other Interesting Bill Moyers Facts And Trivia

Did you know that Bill Moyers is believed to be among the top 10 most influential journalists?
In 1994, Bill Moyers suffered from a heart bypass and took some time off work to rebuild his health.
Bill Moyers has often been in support of a number of liberal issues and organizations such as Take Back America and Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting.
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Written by Anusuya Mukherjee

Bachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

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Anusuya MukherjeeBachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

With a wealth of international experience spanning Europe, Africa, North America, and the Middle East, Anusuya brings a unique perspective to her work as a Content Assistant and Content Updating Coordinator. She holds a law degree from India and has practiced law in India and Kuwait. Anusuya is a fan of rap music and enjoys a good cup of coffee in her free time. Currently, she is working on her novel, "Mr. Ivory Merchant".

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