William McGurn

Where and when

William McGurn is a member of the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. From 1992 to 1998, he was senior editor for the Far Eastern Economic Review, where he oversaw the editorial page and wrote several cover stories, in addition to editing several departments of the magazine.

Prior to joining the Far Eastern Economic Review, McGurn served as Washington bureau chief for National Review from 1989 to 1992. Before that, he spent five years with the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, first in Brussels and then in Hong Kong.

While in Hong Kong, McGurn edited a volume on the first draft of the proposed post-1997 constitution, “Basic Law, Basic Questions: The Debate Continues.” He is author of a monograph on terrorism called “Terrorist or Freedom Fighter,” published by the London-based Institute for European Defense and Strategic Studies. Most recently, he is author of Perfidious Albion: The Abandonment of Hong Kong 1997, a book about Hong Kong’s post-colonial future, published in 1992 in Washington by the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

McGurn was born on December 4, 1958, in San Diego, California. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in communications from Boston University.

During 1992 presidential elections, he wrote a column for New York’s award-winning paper, Newsday. His articles have been published in a variety of periodicals including Newsweek, Esquire, The Spectator (of London), The Sunday Telegraph, The National Catholic Register, The Washington Post, the South China Morning Post and others.