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William McGurn -- White House
Assistant to the President for Speechwriting

William McGurn was an executive in the Office of the Chairman at News Corporation, parent company for media companies ranging from the New York Post, Fox News, and The Times of London to The Australian, the Weekly Standard and BSkyB. Previously he served as chief editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal and a member of the Journal’s editorial board. From 1992 to 1998, he served as senior editor for the Dow Jones-owned Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong. Prior to joining FEER, Mr. McGurn put in a stint in Washington as bureau chief for National Review and had spent five years with the Wall Street Journal’s editorial pages overseas: first in Brussels and then in Hong Kong. During his first tour in Hong Kong, Mr. McGurn edited a volume on the territory’s post-colonial future entitled Basic Law, Basic Questions: The Debate Continues and wrote a prescient monograph for the London-based Institute for European Defense and Strategic Studies entitled Terrorist or Freedom Fighter. He is also author of Perfidious Albion: The Abandonment of Hong Kong 1997, published five years before the handover. More recently he co-authored Is the Market Moral? A Dialogue on Religion, Economics & Justice published in March 2004 by the Brookings Institution Press. During 1992 presidential elections, Mr. McGurn wrote a column for New York Newsday. His articles have been published in a variety of periodicals including Newsweek, Esquire, The Spectator (of London), The Sunday Telegraph, the National Catholic Register, The Sunday Telegraph, The New Criterion, The Washington Post, the South China Morning Post and others. A graduate of both the University of Notre Dame and Boston University, he is a member of the University of Notre Dame’s Asian Studies Advisory Committee, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. He and his wife, Julie, live in Madison, NJ. They have three daughters, Grace, Maisie and Lucy.

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