Detailed Biography


MS, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, 1961
BA, Sarah Lawrence College, 1951
Vassar College, 1949–50

Board Memberships

Columbia Journalism Review
Schumann Media Center, Chair

Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Television and Radio Journalism, Chair
Columbia University
The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
The Freedom Forum
GobalPost, Board of Advisors
Hudson River Foundation
John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism, Chair
Maria Moors Cabot Prize Advisory Board, Chair
National Magazine Awards, Judge
The Providence Journal
The Pulitzer Prize Board
Radio and Television News Directors Foundation
Religion Newswriters Foundation
Rockland Center for the Arts
Sarah Lawrence College

Councils and Commissions

Independent Advisory Panel to Review CNN’s Election Night Projection Procedures, 2000
Corporation for Public Broadcasting Program Planning Council, 1999–2000
Markle Commission on the Media and the Electorate, 1998
Media and Society Seminars, Columbia University, Board of Governors
Columbia University School of Social Work
Mayor’s Task Force to Study the Future of Municipal Broadcasting


Century Association
Cosmopolitan Club
Directors Guild of America
New York Women in Film and Television
Women’s Forum

Independent Projects


Creator and Editor

The Book of I
An Illustrious Collection of Self Reflections, Lantern Books, 2012

You Don’t Have to Be Buddhist to Know Nothing
An Illustrious Collection of Thoughts on Naught, Prometheus Books, 2009

The Atheist’s Bible
An Illustrious Collection of Irreverent Thoughts, ECCO HarperCollins, 2007,
Mnational bestseller

Executive Producer, Producer, Co-Writer

The Mystery of Love
Two-hour documentary special broadcast on PBS, 2006

She Says: Women in News
One-hour documentary special broadcast on PBS, 2000
Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Program



Dean, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Publisher, Columbia Journalism Review, bimonthly magazine examining the performance
Mof the press and print and electronic developments in journalism


Professor of Journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism


President and Executive Producer, Public Affairs Television, Inc.,
Independent production company in partnership with Bill Moyers

Moyers: In Search of the Constitution
Moyers: God and Politics
Moyers: Report from Philadelphia
Moyers: The Secret Government
Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers
The World of Ideas, 1987–88


Senior Executive Producer, National Public Affairs and Special Projects WNET/Thirteen, MEducational Broadcasting Corporation

Vice President, Metropolitan Programs
Operating head of local programming, Executive Producer of program productions
Mand acquisitions


Executive Producer, Bill Moyers Journal
WNET/Thirteen, Educational Broadcasting Corporation


A Conversation with President Carter, November 1978
A Conversation with Jerry Brown, April 1979
A Visit with Dame Rebecca West, July 1981

May 1977–July 1978

Executive Producer, National News and Public Affairs
WNET/Thirteen, Educational Broadcasting Corporation

The Dick Cavett Show, nightly half-hour interview program, PBS
Faces of Communism, four one-hour documentaries, June 1978; co-production
Mwith Yorkshire Television
After Bakke: Who Gets Ahead?, one-hour documentary, June 1978
Youth Unemployment: A Question of Survival, one-hour documentary, May 1978
Carter and the Blacks, one-hour news special, January 1978


Documentary Producer, Writer, Director
NBC News

Of Women and Men, three-hour special
Mary Jane Grows Up: Marijuana in the ’70s
New World, Hard Choices: American Foreign Policy 1976, three-hour special
The Search for Something Else
Danger! Radioactive Waste


NBC Radio Network Director of Programs
Responsible for the development and content of all programs; administration and coordination of all programming, including public affairs, features, music programs, sports, and specials; administration and coordination of program operations, personnel, talent, and contracts negotiations


NBC News Writer, Reporter, Producer
Writer and reporter for all television and radio news programs, including the six-o’clock– and eleven-o’clock-news, elections, breaking news specials; producer and writer for morning television news programs and Saturday evening reports


WNET (WNDT)/Channel 13, Producer, Reporter, Host

Profile New Jersey
Daily half-hour public and cultural affairs program, including interviews, debates, Mdocumentaries, forums, and performances

Dateline New Jersey
Weekly half-hour program of New Jersey news features and commentary

Artists of New Jersey
Thirteen-week series featuring interviews with outstanding artists, including Ben Shahn, MGeorge Segal, LeRoi Jones, Allen Ginsberg, and Roy Lichtenstein

Associate Producer, News Editor, Reporter
The World at Ten
Nightly news and discussion program


The Bergen Record, Hackensack, New Jersey
Editorial Writer, columnist, feature writer
New Jersey Press Women’s Award, feature writing

Credits And Awards

(selected award-winning Public Television programs, series, and specials)

Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers
Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism

Shoah, PBS
Peabody Award

New York & Company, half-hour weekly public affairs
Emmy Award for Outstanding Public Affairs Series
Sidney Hillman Award

Book Banning
Emmy Award for Outstanding Public Affairs Program

Unsung Heroes
Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Documentary

Innovation, half-hour weekly science, health, and technology series
Emmy Award for Outstanding Program Series, among many other awards

Currents, weekly series on social change
Emmy Award for Outstanding Public Affairs Program

Metrocosms, documentary series on life in the metropolitan area
Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary Series

Hizzoner, one-man performance and documentary program on the life of
MFiorello LaGuardia, starring Tony Lo Bianco
Emmy Awards for producing, writing, directing, and performance

My New York: Walt Whitman and Friends, historical documentary celebrating
Mthe one-hundredth birthday of New York City
Silurian Award

Selected Bill Moyers Journal awards

Emmy Award

The MX Debate
George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award

The New Right
Sidney Hillman Foundation Award
American Bar Association Gavel Award
George Polk Award

Numerous awards for individual programs in the series

NBC News

Danger! Radioactive Waste, January 1977
First Place Clarion Award, Women in Communications, Inc.

The Search for Something Else, June 1976
Gold Award, International Film & TV Festival

New World—Hard Choices: American Foreign Policy, January 1976,
Mthree-hour documentary special (co-producer, writer, director)
Overseas Press Club Award, 1977

Mary Jane Grows Up: Marijuana in the ’70s, August 1975
Front Page Award, New York Newspaper Women’s Association
Certificate of Merit, Chicago Film Festival

Of Women and Men, January 1975
Three-hour documentary special (co-producer, writer)
Ohio State Award, 1976

Medicine: Where Does It Hurt?, December 1973
Emmy NATAS Regional Award
Public Relationship Society of America Award
Hugo Award, Chicago Film Festival, 1973


New York Illustrated series, 1972–1973
Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary Series

Homosexuals: Out of the Closet, October 1972
Silver Medal, International Film & TV

The New Immigrants, October 1972
Freedom Foundation Award

Abortion in New York, June 1972
Best Local Documentary, New York Council of Churches

The Moth Who Came to Dinner, March 1972
Ohio State Award

What Man Shall Live and Not See Death, September 1971
Emmy Award for Outstanding Program Achievement
Emmy Award for Individual Achievement for Writing
Award for “outstanding contribution to local broadcast service,”
MNew York Council of Churches
First Place Gold Medal, International Film & TV Festival
Citation for “Creative Excellence,” US International Film Society
Special Citation, Associated Press Broadcasters Association for best local documentary
Public Service Award, Public Relations Society of America

Faces of Christ, December 1970
Catholic Broadcasters Association Award

The Man in the Middle, June 1970
Emmy Award for Outstanding Program Achievement
First Place, Atlanta Film Festival
First Place Gold Medal, International Film & TV Festival

Private Schools for the Poor, May 1970
Citation for best local documentary, New York Council of Churches
Associated Press Broadcasters Association Award

How to Make a Dirty River, April 1970
First Place Gold Watersprite Award, San Francisco Environmental Film Festival
First Place for best documentary, Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Silver Medal, International Film & TV Festival

Oh! Woodstock!, November 1969
Emmy Award for individual achievement in writing
Emmy Award for producing

Up to Our Necks—The Garbage Problem, February 1969
Associated Press Broadcasters Association Award

Partial List Of Other Productions

Black in Business, November 1972
Report Card on a High School, February 1972
The US Coast Guard Academy—A Changing Tradition, December 1971
One Paycheck from Poor, February 1971
The Best Games in Town, November 1970
Different but Equal, September 1970
Three Roads from Nowhere, May 1970
Men in Bloom, March 1969
The Nose Knows, February 1969
See It in the Stars, October 1968


Newsday, articles and opinion columns
The New York Times, book reviews
“Moral Traditions as a Guideline for Journalists,” University of Texas
“Buying In or Selling Out? Women in Leadership Positions,”
MRothschild Lecture, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College
“Are Standards in Journalism Declining?” Bertelsmann Foundation
“Broadcast Journalism: What’s Left Out?” Cosmopolitan Club
“The Case for Caution: This System is Dangerously Flawed,”
MPublic Opinion Quarterly, Summer 2003
“Grown-Up Love,” O, The Oprah Magazine, February 2003
“Television’s Performance on Election Night 2000: A Report for CNN,”
Mwith James Risser and Ben Wattenberg, January 29, 2001
“Women in the Marketplace,” Vital Speeches of the Day, September 1990
“From Here to There: To Interpret for the Public,” Vital Speeches of the Day,
MFebruary 1989


Husband: Alvin. H. Perlmutter
Children: Rosemary (m. Robert Steinbaum),
Catherine Konner (dec. 2003) (m. Stuart Garfinkle)
Grandchildren: Marshall Steinbaum, Elliot Steinbaum, Harper Garfinkle
Stepchildren: Jim and Heather Perlmutter, Steven and Hatsue Perlmutter,
MTom and Trish Perlmutter
Step-grandchildren: Brian, Julia, Drew, Austin, Tyler, Nina, and Elana Perlmutter