Rev. William F. Fore, Ph.D.

William F. Fore graduated from Occidental College and received his B.D. degree from Yale University Divinity School. He is ordained in the United Methodist Church and is a member of the California-Pacific Conference. In 1971 he received his Ph.D from Columbia University and Union Theological School.

In 1953 he produced the nation's first children's religious television program, and shortly after worked for CBS television to bring "Exploring God's World" to network TV. From 1955 to 1963 he was Director of Visual Education of the Methodist Board of Missions in New York City, producing documentary films, filmstrips, records and television programs. In 1964 he became Executive Director of the Broadcasting and Film Commission of the National Council of Churches, a post he held for twenty-five years; during that time he supervised television and radio programs on ABC, CBS and NBC, and engaged in government liaison. He played a key role in the founding of public broadcasting, and from 1972 to 1975 served as chairperson of the Advisory Council of National Organizations of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, supporting the Public Broadcasting Service and National Public Radio. From 1982 to 1988 he served as President of the World Association for Christian Communication, which has its headquarters in London.

In 1989 he accepted a position as Adjunct Professor at Yale Divinity School, and taught communication and cultural studies there for five years. Upon retirement he taught at United Theological College in Bangalore, India, helping to establish a Masters' Program in Communication. In 2001 he returned to UTC to assist in establishing the first Doctoral Program in Communication and Religion in India.

Fore lives in Claremont, California. He is married and has four children and eight grandchildren.

He is an Editor-at-Large of the Christian Century Magazine and President Emeritus of the Foundation for United Methodist Communication. His books currently in print include: Television and Religion: the Shaping of Faith, Values and Culture (SBS Press, 409 Prospect St., New Haven, CT 06511); and Mythmakers: Gospel, Culture and Media (Friendship Press, 475 Riverside Dr., New York, NY10115).

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