April 20 , 2016
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Alan Murray, editor of Fortune
Alan Murray is the editor of Fortune, overseeing the magazine, its conferences and its digital properties.
Prior to assuming this post in August 2014, Murray was president of the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. He was previously at The Wall Street Journal, where he served as Deputy Managing Editor and Executive Editor, Online. Murray spent a decade as the Journal’s Washington Bureau Chief, during which the bureau won three Pulitzer Prizes; and he subsequently served as CNBC’s Washington Bureau Chief, co-hosting “Capital Report with Alan Murray and Gloria Borger.” At various times, he wrote the Journal’s weekly Business and Political Capital columns, and won numerous awards for his writing on economics and international issues.
He is the author of four books, including The Wall Street Journal Essential Guide to Management, Revolt in the Boardroom, and Showdown at Gucci Gulch, coauthored with Jeffrey Birnbaum. He is a member of the Gridiron Club, the New York Economic Club and the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the Governing Council of the Miller Center for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.
Mr. Murray began his journalism career as the business and economics editor of the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times. He also worked at the Congressional Quarterly in Washington as a reporter and at the Japan Economic Journal in Tokyo on a Luce Fellowship.Mr. Murray received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of North Carolina, where he was a John Motley Morehead scholar, a merit scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He earned a master’s degree in economics at the London School of Economics. In 2005, he completed the Stanford Executive Program. He is married to Dr. Lori Murray, Distinguished Chair for National Security at the US Naval Academy. They live in Greenwich, CT.
Jim McTague ’71 contributing editor, Barrons
Jim McTague is the Washington editor of Barron’s, the Dow Jones Business and Financial Weekly.
He writes feature articles and the highly-opinionated DC Current column for the magazine, which focuses on the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Wall Street. Jim is an accredited White House and Congressional news reporter. He’s covered Capitol Hill since 1984 and the White House since1993, when President Bill Clinton came into office. He joined Barron’s in January 1994 after working for several newspapers and magazines, including American Banker; USA Today; The Dallas Times Herald (RIP); The Philadelphia Daily News, where he was Harrisburg correspondent; The Asbury Park Press; Home Life magazine (RIP) ; TV Guide; and the Somerset Messenger-Gazette.
Jim frequently appears frequently as a guest on radio and television, especially during presidential election years.
In 2010, he wrote the first expose of the abuses of robotic trading on Wall Street, illustrating how the robots triggered the stomach churning “Flash Crash’ in May of that year, which saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average fall by over 700 points in 10 minutes- the largest one-day plunge in history. He also described how the machines are cheating average investors.
A Philadelphia native, Mr. McTague earned a Bachelor of Science degree in English from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, in 1971 and a Master’s of Art degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1972. He attended high school at Holy Ghost Prep, graduating in 1967; and elementary school at Saint Christopher’s Parish in the Somerton section of the city.
Jim is a proud 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus at Blessed sacrament Parish, Alexandria, Va., and a member of the Izaak Walton League’s Wildlife Achievement Chapter in Mount Airy, Md.
Financial Times published “Crapshoot Investing: How Tech-Savvy Traders and Clueless Regulators Turned the Stock Market into a Casino,” in March 2011. The book has been translated into German and there is a pending Chinese edition as well. Jim was invited to Iceland last spring to give a lecture about robotic trading at the country’s leading university.
Jim also writes stories about fishing and shooting-with an investment twist- for both Barron’s and for its new lifestyle magazine, Penta. Truth be told, he’d rather be fly fishing than anyplace else.