Deroy Murdock has been a National Review Online contributing editor since June 2000. His weekly column, “This Opinion Just In . . .,” appears in the New York Post, Washington Times, Boston Herald, Orange County Register, and other U.S. newspapers from coast to coast.
Murdock is a Fox News Contributor. He was a regular panelist on PBS’s Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered, a founding staff commentor on MSNBC, and an On-Air Investigator and substitute host with Damn Right, a nightly public affairs TV program produced by Tele-Communications, Inc. Murdock has appeared on ABC’s Nightline and Politically Incorrect, CNBC, CNN, C-Span, and NBC Nightly News, among other TV and radio programs.
Murdock was named the runner-up “Worst Person in the World” on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann after writing an article titled “Three Cheers for Waterboarding,” in which he called waterboarding “something of which every American should be proud.” For writing “Lefty, It’s Cold Outside” — an op-ed he penned on Democrats, liberals, and socialists who oppose the theory of so-called “global warming” — Murdock was dubbed “Muckracker of the Day” on the February 2, 2009, edition of MSNBC’s 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with David Shuster.
In conjunction with the Manhattan Institute, Murdock collaborated with the late New York congressman Herman Badillo on One Nation: One Standard (Sentinel, 2006). He has contributed to Standing Athwart History 24/7: One Year in the Life of National Review Online, 2007 Edition (National Review Books, 2008), Economic Strategy and National Security (Westview Press/Council on Foreign Relations, 2000), The Race Card: White Guilt, Black Resentment and the Assault on Truth and Justice (Forum, 1997), Black and Right: The Bold New Voice of Black Conservatives in America (Praeger, 1997) and The Third Generation: Young Conservatives Look to the Future (Regnery-Gateway, 1987).
Deroy Murdock is a popular public speaker. Among other venues, he has lectured and debated at Boston College; the Cato Institute, the Council on Foreign Relations; Harvard Medical School; the Heritage Foundation; the National Academy of Sciences; Brown, Dartmouth, Stanford, and Tulane universities; and various fora from Bogota to Buenos Aires to Budapest. He has testified twice before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. He often speaks on campuses under the auspices of the Federalist Society and Young America’s Foundation. He has been a faculty member of the Institute for Humane Studies and has addressed its student gatherings on numerous occasions.
Murdock has shared his views with the public since he won a 1979 city-wide editorial writing contest as a student journalist in his hometown of Los Angeles. He was a volunteer and youth organizer on the 1980 and 1984 Reagan for President campaigns and an officer (Assistant Chief Page) to the 1984 Republican National Convention. Murdock was an intern on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee under Senator Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) between 1982 and 1985. President Reagan appointed him to the National Advisory Board on International Educational Programs, on which he served from 1987 to 1989. He also was a communications consultant to Steve Forbes’ 2000 presidential campaign.
Murdock is a Senior Fellow with the Atlas Network, which supports and connects some 462 free-market think tanks in the U.S. and 94 countries overseas; a former Media Fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University; and an advisory board member of American Transparency/OpenTheBooks.com in Chicago, Illinois; the Cato Institute Project on Social Security Choice in Washington, D.C.; the Grassroot Institute in Honolulu, Hawaii; Making Our Economy Right in Dakka, Bangladesh; and Project 21, a Washington-based organization dedicated to promoting free-market solutions within America’s black communities. He is a co-founder of the Benjamin Rush Institute, which aims to advance freedom, limited government, and patient choice in America’s medical schools and healthcare professions.
Deroy Murdock is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, the American Council on Germany, the American-Swiss Foundation, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Murdock also is Editor-in-Beef of Meat the Press, an ad hoc gathering of journalists, opinion shapers, and newsmakers who appreciate sizzling steak, stimulating wine, and scintillating conversation. Similarly, Murdock hosts the Gotham Think Tank Roundtable.
Beyond his journalistic and public-policy pursuits, Deroy Murdock is President of Loud & Clear Communications, a Manhattan-based marketing and media consultancy. It provides publicity, promotional, and business-development services to non-profit organizations and for-profit enterprises.
Murdock is a patron of the arts. He is a member of the New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center Theater, New York’s Theater Development Fund, the Museum of Modern Art, and a member and supporter of WBGO Radio (88.3 FM), a Newark, New Jersey-based jazz station. Murdock also serves as Minister of Misinformation for the Krewe of Festivus, an informal, bicoastal group of music fans who have attended the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival annually since the mid-1990s.
Murdock is a producer of I’ll Say She Is — the Lost Marx Brothers Musical, which opened on June 2, 2016 at the Connelly Theater in Manhattan’s East Village. The script for this 1924 musical comedy disappeared, but a rediscovered rehearsal outline of it was restored and adapted by Marx Brothers aficionado Noah Diamond, with whom Murdock joined forces to finance and promote this farce’s return to the New York stage.
Murdock received an AB in Government (with minors in Psychology and History) from Georgetown University in 1986 and an MBA in Marketing and International Business from New York University in 1989. His MBA program included a semester as an exchange student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Deroy Murdock hopes that someday the free society will bring him — and every American — more leisure time to experience fine dining, motion pictures, skiing, live music, and the priceless joys of friends and loved ones.