McGurn was born December 4, 1958, in San Diego. He received his bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 1981; he later earned a master's degree in communications from Boston University.
He began his career as the managing editor at the American Spectator. In 1989, he moved to National Review where he was the Washington Bureau Chief until 1992. From 1992 to 1998, McGurn served as the senior editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review. He then became Chief Editorial Writer for The Wall Street Journal. He joined the White House as a speechwriter in February 2005. He became the Chief Speechwriter for President George W. Bush in 2006. In February 2008 he departed to become a Visiting Fellow at Hillsdale, College. Early in 2009 he joined News Corporation, which had bought The Wall Street Journal in August 2007, as the speechwriter for News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch. In December 2012, he became Editorial Page Editor of the New York Post. He rejoined News Corp. as a columnist for The Wall Street Journal in April 2015 where he now writes the Main Street column column; he is also an executive at its parent company.
- National Review PDF
- Wall Street Journal profile
- Dylan Byers, William McGurn named New York Post editorial page editor, Politico, 12/11/12.
- William McGurn biography.
- McGurn, William. "Hostage to NJ Transit", New York Post, republished online by The Heartland Institute, 17 November 2004. Accessed July 19, 2011. "To put this all in perspective, the brochure for my 1910 home in suburban Madison boasts that the “fastest train” will get you to Manhattan in 47 minutes."
- McGurn, William. "NNDB Biography".
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- Something Out of Nothing: Reflections on September 11, 2001
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- McGurn's NY Post Archive