Keynote Address by Rex Murphy:

Journalist and Social Commentator

Rex Murphy has been one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most celebrated journalists and social commentators since the 1970s. He was born and raised in St. John’s, NL., where he graduated from Memorial University. In 1968, Murphy, a Rhodes Scholar, went to Oxford University (along with former U.S. president Bill Clinton).

Back in Newfoundland and Labrador, he was soon established as a quick-witted and accomplished writer, broadcaster and teacher. He is noted throughout Newfoundland for his biting comments on the political scene and his television tussles with prominent politicians, including premier Joey Smallwood, became required viewing for a huge audience.

He has worked extensively with the CBC where he has contributed many items on current affairs issues. He has done a number of documentaries for The National, provided commentary on The National’s Point of View, and served as the host of CBC radio’s long-running Cross Country Checkup. He has also contributed to Morningside, Land and Sea, The Journal, Midday and Sunday Report.

He has also been a columnist for The Globe and Mail and currently for the National Post.

Murphy has won several national and provincial broadcasting awards. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Waterloo, honorary doctorates of letters by Memorial, St. Thomas, and Nipissing Universities and was awarded the Honorary Fellowship of the Canadian Institute of Management.

He divides his week between Toronto and Montreal, with frequent forays to St. John’s, NL.


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