Maurice J. "Mac" McGarry (born June 15, 1926)  is a retired game show host of the television quiz show It's Academic, which airs in Washington, D.C. on the local NBC-owned WRC-TV. He was the host of the show from the time it started airing on October 7, 1961, until June 25, 2011.
Early life and career
McGarry attended college at Fordham University. McGarry joined NBC in 1950 for what was then WNBW located in the Wardman Park Hotel.  There he worked as the announcer for the NBC radio show American Forum of the Air. During this time, he was also making his first forays into television covering Harry S. Truman's presidential inauguration events for NBC-TV and appearing regularly on NBC's The Big Preview.  Since then, he has hosted numerous talk shows, including In Our Town, the first weekly television program to be broadcast in color.
Some of McGarry's first assignments included announcing news of the start of the Korean War and introducing President Truman from the White House. In the early 1950s, McGarry was involved in the first color television experiments.
Later years and retirement
In September 2011, McGarry temporarily took a leave of absence when he was suffering from a lingering cold. Hillary Howard, a news anchor for WTOP-FM, began filling in for him. Although McGarry's intentions were to continue hosting the 51st season of It's Academic, he announced his retirement in early November 2011. Howard, from then on, took over as host.
McGarry is a charter member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' (NATAS) Silver Circle. Other honors include:
- Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement
- Several Mass Media Awards from the American Association of University Women
- The Board of Governors Award from the DC chapter of NATAS
- The America's Role Model 2004 Award from the Olender Foundation
- Marymount University conferred the degree Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, on McGarry in recognition of his commitment to academic excellence, encouragement of young scholars, and outstanding dedication to his profession and community.
- Mac McGarry radio credits
- Video clip of 1980 NBC News Update introduced by Mac McGarry
- Another NBC News Update clip introduced by Mac McGarry, from 1980
- A 1977 McGarry-introduced NBC News Update
- A December 31, 1977 McGarry-introduced NBC News Update
- An April 1978 McGarry-introduced NBC News Update
- A 1978 McGarry-introduced NBC News Update with Jessica Savitch
- A 1979 McGarry-introduced NBC News Update
- A December 1979 McGarry-introduced NBC News Update with John Dancy
- A 1981 McGarry-introduced NBC News Update
- Another 1981 McGarry-introduced NBC News Update
- A September 1979 McGarry-introduced NBC News Update
- A George Michael Sports Machine clip with a McGarry-announced promotional consideration plug
- A December 1980 McGarry-introduced NBC News Update with Carole Simpson
- A February 1980 McGarry-introduced NBC News Update with John Palmer
- A 1979 McGarry-introduced NBC News Update with Ford Rowan