Rex Murphy


Rex Murphy was born and raised in St. John's, Newfoundland, where he graduated from Memorial University. A Rhodes scholar, he attended Oxford University (along with U.S. President Bill Clinton).   When he returned to Newfoundland he was soon established as a quick-witted and accomplished writer, broadcaster and teacher. His nightly television tussles on the supper hour show Here and Now, with prominent politicians including Premier Joey Smallwood, became required viewing for a huge audience.

Murphy's primary interest is in language and English literature, but he also has a strong link with politics. He is noted throughout Canada for his biting comments on the political scene. Murphy gained an insider's view of the political world when he worked as executive assistant to the Newfoundland Liberal Party leader. To get an even closer taste of politics, Murphy ran twice as a Liberal candidate in the provincial elections. 

Murphy contributes extensively to CBC on many current affairs issues. For The National Magazine he created a number of documentaries from Newfoundland, including the highly acclaimed "Unpeopled Shores," about the tragedy of the disappearing cod, and human interest pieces on writer Annie Proulx, World War II, and scientist Hubert Reeves.

He contributes a regular essay to The National Magazine, dealing with topics as diverse as the Royal Family, smoking, and Quebec politics and writes a weekly column for the Globe and Mail. Murphy is also the author of the book, Points of View, a collection of his best writing spanning 30 years. The selection includes an assortment of topics, from his hard-hitting political commentaries, book reviews, and hilarious satires, to warm memories of Newfoundland.

An award-winning broadcaster, Murphy is the regular host of CBC Radio's Cross Country Checkup and commentator on the CBC Radio show Definitely Not the Opera. He has also contributed to Morningside, Land and Sea, The Journal, Midday, and Sunday Report

Murphy divides his week between Toronto and Montreal with frequent forays to St. John's.

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