Visionaries - Changing the World One Story at a Time

Executive Producer Bill Mosher

Bill Mosher's career began as a writer in the early 1980's when he founded his own hometown newspaper. He developed his writing skills as publisher of two weekly newspapers - publications which earned him top awards in investigative reporting and feature writing from the Massachusetts Press Association and the New England Press Association. As a freelance writer, his work has been published by scores of newspapers and magazines both here and abroad He is also the co-author of two books on Massachusetts's local history; and the author of Visionaries, a companion book to The Visionaries television series.

Mosher's interest in documenting philanthropic work began during an assignment for Boston Magazine in South America. The trip led to writing and producing videos on many nonprofit organizations, working throughout the world.

Mosher's work in television began in 1992 when he created (John Stobart's) WorldScape, 13-part television series hosted by Walter Cronkite that encouraged young artists to paint directly from nature. It was broadcast on more than 100 public television stations around the country.

In 1993, Mosher founded Visionaries, Inc., a non-profit organization that created the first nationally broadcast television series profiling the work of non-profits. The Visionaries, hosted by acclaimed actor Sam Waterston of Law and Order, has demonstrated what can happen when television is used for positive social purposes. Now in its thirteenth season, Visionaries, Inc. has produced over 130 half-hour documentaries shot in 50 countries around the globe. Each episode is broadcast on as many as 200 public television stations and is used by the profiled organization as a development and public awareness tool.

The series has earned national acclaim, including top media awards from The National Association of Mental Health, Hadassah, and The National Assembly of Health and Human Service Organizations. It was nominated for an Emmy award in 2000, and won a Telly in 1997 & 1998.

In 2006 it won the prestigious Genesis award for best Documentary.

In 2006 Bill Mosher joined with Chester College of New England to open the Visionaries Institute International. The Institute will establish a degree program in Socially Responsible Media beginning in the fall of 2008. It is also a center for the production of nonprofit media.

Bill Mosher is an inspirational speaker, having given keynote addresses at a wide range of venues including; Suffolk University - Sawyer School of Management's hooding ceremony, The Course in Miracles annual convention, Human Service Alliance Soul of Service Conference, American Public Television conference, and the Pathfinder Village annual dinner.

Awards

2001 The National Assembly of Health and Human Service Organizations - Excellence in Media Award

2000 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Emmy Nomination - Best Documentary Program, Mid-Atlantic Region

1998 National Mental Health Association - National Television Award

1997 & 1998 Telly Award

1997 Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers Media Award

1997 Massachusetts Human Service Alliance Providers - Media Award

1996 Myrtle Wreath Achievement Award, The Nassau Region of Hadassah

1996 Myrtle Wreath Award, Henrietta Szold Hadassah in Israel