William C. Moyers is the vice president of public affairs and community relations at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. The focus of his work is to improve the public’s understanding of issues related to addiction, treatment and recovery.
One of Moyers’ key initiatives is “carrying the message” about addiction and recovery into the public arena, especially to policymakers and civic groups across the United States. He uses his own personal experiences and professional expertise to highlight the power of addiction and the promise of recovery. He has appeared on CNN’s "Larry King Live," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," NBC’s "Today" show and "Good Morning America" on ABC, and his work has been featured in scores of newspapers and other publications over the years.
Moyers is the author of "Broken," his best-selling memoirs, published in 2006 by Viking Press in New York. The paperback edition was released in August 2007.
His efforts have been honored by numerous organizations, including the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, which awarded him and his family its highest achievement award, the Gold Key. He also has received the Arthur Liman Public Interest Award from the Legal Action Center. This award salutes families and individuals whose work has advanced public understanding of public policy issues related to addiction.
Moyers joined Hazelden in 1996 after a 15-year career in journalism. He also served as president of the Johnson Institute Foundation from 2000 to 2002.
In 1981, Moyers received his Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.
He has three children and lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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