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Debate Deroy Murdock has shared his views with the public since he won a 1979 city-wide contest for editorial writing as a student journalist in his hometown of Los Angeles. While a junior at Georgetown University, from which he graduated with a degree in Government in 1986, Mr. Murdock began writing political commentary for The Washington Times. Since then, the list of publications to which he regularly contributes his column, "This Opinion Just In...," has expanded to include The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The Orange County Register, The San Francisco Examiner, The Miami Herald and many more.

Mr. Murdock is an On-Air Contributor to MSNBC, the cable-TV and Internet news service launched by Microsoft and NBC News. He previously was an On-Air Investigator and substitute host with "Damn Right," a nightly public affairs TV program produced by Tele-Communications, Inc. He also has appeared on ABC's "Nightline," the "NBC Nightly News," CNN, Fox TV, C-Span and Comedy Central's "Politically Incorrect." He has been interviewed on the CBS Radio Network and on dozens of local radio programs.

Deroy Murdock is a contributor to The Third Generation: Young Conservatives Look to the Future (Regnery-Gateway). Since 1980, he has participated in or covered five national conventions of both the Republican and Democratic parties. He also served on both Reagan for President campaigns and worked for U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) before earning an MBA from New York University in 1989.

Mr. Murdock focuses much of his attention on fiscal matters. He has exposed government waste, decried spiraling taxes and otherwise turned a harsh light on the ever-expanding state. Mr. Murdock also comments on global economics, electoral politics, race relations, and crime, among other issues.

In addition, Mr. Murdock has written on foreign affairs. He has reported from such far-flung datelines as Shanghai, San Salvador, Johannesburg, East Berlin, Moscow, Buenos Aires and Havana.

As an Adjunct Fellow of the Fairfax, Virginia-based Atlas Economic Research Foundation, Mr. Murdock has lectured on economics and politics in Bogota, Colombia and Budapest, Hungary, among other venues, and assisted the work of free-market think tanks in Latin America, Europe and Asia.

Mr. Murdock is a co-founder and National Board member of Third Millennium, a New York-based educational and political advocacy group launched by concerned Americans born after 1960. In this capacity, he has advocated market-based reform of Social Security before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and championed medical savings accounts and other generationally-equitable public policies in numerous media and speaking forums. He also is on the national boards of Minority Mainstream and Project 21, two organizations dedicated to promoting free-market solutions within America's black communities.

Beyond his journalistic and political pursuits, Deroy Murdock is President of Loud & Clear Communications, a Manhattan-based marketing and media consultancy. His company provides publicity and promotional services to a wide-ranging roster of clients including a new products development venture and a local rock & roll band.

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