About William Moyers

William Moyers

William Moyers

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.

It Never Ends Nov 29, 2014

An overnight trip to New Orleans ended late at night back at home with a deep breath, a deeper exhale and an exasperated lament over the inboxes of emails and phone calls still waiting for my reply. I don't recall my exact words, but I do remember my... Read More

It's Only a Brain Tumor Nov 22, 2014

From Dictionary.com, defining stigma: "a mark of disgrace or infamy; a stain or reproach, as on one's reputation." Stigma obscures the truth about alcoholism and drug dependence. It fosters the public's misunderstanding that addiction is somebody els... Read More

No Fun on the Merry-Go-Round Nov 15, 2014

A flashpoint in the debate about addiction is what it means to be "powerless" over alcohol or other drugs. There's not enough space here to make the case one way or the other. But I think we can all agree that addicted people do have power over their... Read More

A Disease, But... Nov 08, 2014

For years, I've argued the science of addiction. In layman's terms, that translates to, "Addiction is a chronic disease." And it is. But I'm rethinking how I argue it, based on the results of a groundbreaking survey that seeks to define the question,... Read More