Former 'Dallas Morning News' Columnist Appointed Radford Professor

April 5, 2002

Baylor University officials have announced that former Dallas Morning News columnist William Murchison has been named Radford Visiting Professor of Journalism in the department of journalism. Murchison will begin his duties in the fall when he will teach two courses, "Religion and the Media" and "Editorial and Column Writing."

"William Murchison brings to the Baylor journalism department a great professional commitment. Our students will benefit from his years of experience at the highest level of journalism," said Dr. Doug Ferdon, associate professor and chair of the journalism department.

Murchison, who is originally from Corsicana, received his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a master's degree from Stanford University. He also performed doctoral coursework at Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas.

Prior to joining the staff at the Dallas Morning News, Murchison worked at the Dallas Times Herald. He joined the Morning News in 1973 and was named associate editor in 1981. From 1986-2001 he served as senior columnist with his weekly column syndicated by Creators Syndicate.

He also has served as editor of Foundations, the largest traditionalist publication in the Episcopal Church, and as contributing editor of Human Life Review. Additionally, he has written articles for National Review, The Wall Street Journal, Policy Review, The American Spectator and First Things and has appeared on CSPAN, CNN, Firing Line, National Public Radio and the 700 Club.

Murchison is married to the former Nancy R. Taylor. They have two children -- William, 23, and John, 20.

The late Lillian and Rupert Radford of Houston provided funds for an endowed visiting professor of journalism.

For more information, contact Ferdon at (254) 710-6350.

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