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Mary
Murphy

Associate Professor of Journalism
An award-winning newspaper, television, magazine and online journalist, Mary Murphy is an expert of the intersection of Hollywood and diversity, Hollywood and politics and the impact of pop culture on our society.
Photo of Mary Murphy
An award-winning newspaper, television, magazine and online journalist, Mary Murphy is an expert of the intersection of Hollywood and diversity, Hollywood and politics and the impact of pop culture on our society.
Expertise: 
Arts and Culture, Entertainment, Leadership, Politics, Popular Culture, Social Justice
Research and Practice Areas: 
Civic Engagement and Social Justice
Culture and Media
News and Media Industries

Tabs

Mary Murphy is an award-winning, veteran multimedia journalist who has been on the staff of Entertainment Tonight, the Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, Esquire Magazine and TV Guide. She writes an award-winning blog for thewrap.com. She has also written for the New York Post, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and USA Today. She was an online producer for mytime.com. Murphy appeared nightly on the CBS syndicated shows Entertainment Tonight and The Insider from 2011–2013 giving a historical perspective on entertainment and entertainers. She has also been a frequent guest on such TV shows as CNN Showbiz Tonight, NBC’s Today, ABC’s Good Morning America, and the syndicated show Inside Edition. Her book for Taylor & Francis called The New News: The Digital Revolution in Newsrooms Across America will be published in August. Murphy is currently working on a book about the history of entertainment journalism. Murphy’s book Blood Cold is being made into a movie.

Awards and honors: 

Best commentary runner-up, Los Angeles Press Club (2019). 

Articles

The ChangeMakers List: 30 Women Who Saved Entertainment in 2020,” co-author (The Wrap, 2020). 

“Jennifer Lopez: Beauty and the Beat” (TV Guide, 2016).

‘Orphan Black’ Star Undergoes Hollywood Treatment” (New York Post, 2014).

Kerry Washington spills Olivia Pope’s secrets on the set of ‘Scandal’” (New York Post, 2013).

“The Heart of Texas” (Reader’s Digest International, 2009). 

Books 

The United States of Entertainment (Forthcoming). 

The New News: The Digital revolution in newsrooms across America, co-author (Focal Press, 2015). 

Blood Cold: Fame, Sex & Murder in Hollywood, co-author (Penquin Group, 2002).