- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - PBS journalist Bill Moyers has turned down a $35,000 fee that Rutgers University offered for speaking at part of its graduation ceremony.

Moyers notified a Rutgers official in early May that we would not accept the honorarium for his May 15 address. He said Thursday that he never intended to accept the fee because it would not have been appropriate.

The Associated Press, relying on information from Rutgers, reported last week that Moyers was among several speakers who were receiving more than $30,000 for speeches at graduation ceremonies this year.

Greg Trevor, a spokesman at the New Jersey university, said miscommunication led university officials to believe Moyers was still being paid until this week. Trevor said the school has apologized to Moyers.

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This story has been corrected to show that Moyers declined the fee in early May, not Tuesday, based on new information from Rutgers.

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