About William Murchison

William Murchison

William Murchison

William Murchison thinks there’s more to life than politics.

That’s the title of his mold-breaking look at modern culture, with foreword by William F. Buckley, Jr.

In There’s More to Life Than Politics (Spence,  1999) Murchison smacks around the prevalent notion  that politicians and power can fix everything in need of fixing.  His own assumption is a quieter one -- that family, religion, memory, and the little things of life outweigh our usual anxieties.  That assumption anchors all his widely published writings.

He’s Radford Distinguished Professor of Journalism at Baylor University, in Waco, Tex., a post he assumed after retiring from nearly 40 years with Texas newspapers, including the Dallas Morning News, where he was associate editor and senior columnist, and won numerous prizes for writing.

A seventh-generation Texan, Murchison (commonly known as Bill) was graduated from the University of Texas in 1963 and received a  master of arts degree from Stanford University in 1964.  Besides There’s More to Life Than Politics, he has published Reclaiming Morality in America, with foreword by Bill Bennett.  The book he has just finished, on the crisis in the Episcopal Church, will appear in 2007.

His writings are found in publications like the Wall Street Journal,  the Weekly StandardHuman Life ReviewFirst Things, Touchstone, and National Review.  His syndicated column, distributed by Creators since the ‘90s, began in 1981.

Married for 32 years,  the Murchisons live in Dallas, in a saltbox house designed (and partly executed) by Nancy Murchison.  The once-a-week commute to Waco takes less than two hours.  The Murchisons have two grown sons and one new daughter-in-law,  as well as a taste for wine, opera,  and Texas art.   They participate actively in community affairs and in the life of  their Episcopal parish and diocese..

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Can We All Get Along? Jun 26, 2017

Nobody ever called the late Rodney King a model citizen of Los Angeles. But he gave the world what was likely the most plaintive, plangent query of our time. He wanted to know, in the aftermath of the L.A. burning, "Can we all get along?" Can we R... Read More

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Journalism and Mr. Jones Jun 20, 2017

The world needs a common way of viewing the world. But it won't likely have one anytime soon, as everyone is too set on enjoying (on no express warrant) "the right to be heard," and the media is filling all ears with junk and gunk — the tradema... Read More

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The Curse of Our Times Jun 13, 2017

By The New York Times' account, Democrats, viewed en masse, want it all — ideological commitment without impurities of one insulting sort or another. Plus electoral victory, don't you know? To get it, they have only to convince voters. Good luc... Read More