March 9: Journalist Bill Murray '92 to present Hosokawa Lecture

Where: Young Ballroom B, Reid Campus Center

When: Monday, March 9, 7:00 PM


Speaker: William Murray '92, journalist who was embedded in Iraq for three months

Lecture: "The Problem with Today's Media (Or Why News Coverage of Iraq Was so Poor) And What We Can do About It"

WALLA WALLA, Wash.– Freelance journalist William Murray, a 1992 Whitman graduate who spent three months in 2008 imbedded with U.S. and Iraqi forces, will present the college’s annual Hosokawa Lecture in Journalism Monday, March 9.
William Murray
William Murray

Murray will present “The Problem with Today’s Media (Or Why News Coverage of Iraq Was so Poor) and What We Can Do about It” at 7 p.m. in the Young Ballroom, Reid Campus Center, 280 Boyer Ave. His talk is free and open to the public.

Murray was born and raised in Alaska. After graduating from Whitman, he was an oil field worker, forest fire fighter and public radio news director before receiving a graduate degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism in 1999. He then worked for “Bloomberg News” in Washington, D.C., where he covered, among other topics, Congress, NASA, and the Florida recount of votes for the president. In 2004 he moved to London, where he covered energy markets, OPEC and alternative fuels for “Bloomberg.”

In June 2008 Murray became a free-lance journalist, and was embedded for three months with U.S. and Iraqi forces covering operations in Baghdad, Mosul, Diyala, Sala’adin and Ninawa provinces. During this time he published articles for and on his own website at that included an exclusive interview with fellow Whitman graduate U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker. He also reported about Iraq on The Dennis Miller radio show.

The Hosokawa Lecture honors Robert R. Hosokawa, a 1940 Whitman graduate who enjoyed a long career in journalism, corporate communications and education. After graduating from Whitman with honors in English, Hosokawa was considering law school when he and other Japanese-Americans were forced into internment camps at the start of World War II. He and his wife were allowed to leave their internment camp in Idaho after one of his former Whitman professors found him a job with a weekly newspaper in Independence, Missouri.

Hosokawa is now retired and living in Florida. His son, David Hosokawa, created the endowment that finances annual journalism awards and brings distinguished journalists to the campus for lectures and workshops.


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