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Mary Murphy
Senior Lecturer


Specialized Journalism
Specialized Journalism (The Arts)

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Mary Murphy has been news producer for Entertainment Tonight and a contributing editor for The Los Angeles Times Magazine.  Murphy is a frequent contributor to USA Weekend Magazine, The New York Post, The Hollywood Reporter, The TV Guide Network and the website It’s So Hollywood.

After leaving TV Guide, Murphy was hired by Readers Digest International and traveled extensively around the world covering religious strife and heroism in Rwanda, Sri Lanka, The Philippines and Cambodia and India. She broke a major international story when she went to Mumbai to investigate the plight of the child stars of “Slumdog Millionaire”. She spent weeks in the slums of New Delhi for a story on the power of women in the slums.

Murphy began her career as a reporter for The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and then moved to The Los Angeles Times for eight years. She then became a correspondent for New York/New West Magazine. In 1980’s she became the West Coast Roving Editor for Esquire Magazine. Murphy has been on the staff of New York Magazine and Esquire. She was the senior writer for TV Guide, covering all aspects of the media from prime-time television to sports to Presidential elections. For TV Guide Murphy spent time on the campaign trail and wrote cover stories on Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton and Presidential candidates John Kerry, Al Gore and Bob Dole.

In 2007 she served as the Entertainment Editor for and was responsible for shooting video and writing a daily blog about the entertainment industry. 

Murphy is the co-author of the book Blood Cold, an investigation of the Robert Blake murder scandal.

She is a loyal supporter of The Midnight Mission’s life-saving programs and services. She was instrumental in helping to raise millions of dollars to build the Mission’s current facility and chaired the communications and cultivations committee for the capital development program, Building a Home for Hope. Her excitement and passion for helping the people of Skid Row inspired Wallis Annenberg to make a major contribution to the Mission, naming its library in the new building in Murphy’s honor.