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Bill Moyers to Speak at Oklahoma City University

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The Distinguished Speakers Series at Oklahoma City University will feature journalist Bill Moyers at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center at N.W. 27th Street and Florida Avenue. The lecture is free to the public.

The presentation is titled “The Truth of Your Life.” Moyers will talk about his career as an award-winning journalist for public television and producer of several documentaries. He will also discuss issues affecting journalism and public media.

Moyers is currently working on a new series called “Moyers & Company” for American Public Television. The show features interviews with experts on topics ranging from politics to religion.

Moyers is considered one of the most prolific public broadcast figures in the industry. Born in Oklahoma in 1934, he began his journalism career at age 16 as a cub reporter on the Marshall News Messenger, served as press secretary to Lyndon Johnson and went on to establish Public Affairs Television in 1986. He has won more than 30 Emmy Awards in his career that has spanned more than 40 years.

Robin Meyers, professor of rhetoric at OCU, has written books that include liner notes from Moyers and considers him as one of the greatest journalists in American broadcast history.

“Bill Moyers has interviewed some of the most important thinkers in the world, from Joseph Campbell on the power of myth, to Elie Wiesel on the power of evil,” Meyers said. “His candid work on death and dying, addiction and myriad threats to our democracy include a body of work that is without equal in public broadcasting. Like a canary in the journalistic coal mine, Bill Moyers refuses to go quietly into retirement without telling the biggest story of our time: that we have lost any semblance of an independent press and have largely sold our democracy to the highest bidder.”

For more information about the Distinguished Speakers presentation, call (405) 208-4956 or visit www.okcu.edu/speakers.

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