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The Catalyst is Launched

January 22, 2016 1 minute Read by William McKenzie
The Bush Institute launched its new digital publication, The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the Bush Institute, with an event this week at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

The Bush Institute launched its new digital publication, The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the Bush Institute, with an event this week at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Participants at the gathering included Senators Jon Kyl and Joe Lieberman, who co-authored an essay in the inaugural issue of The Catalyst. Their piece, The Case for American Internationalism, was one of several essays that focused on the role that America should play over the next four years. Other articles looked at challenges that need leadership here at home.

Along with Senators Kyl and Lieberman, authors in the first edition of the quarterly include George Shultz, Ron Kirk, Margaret Spellings, Robert Kagan, Mark Cuban, Ruben Navarrette, Maya MacGuineas, Richard Brookhiser, Amanda Schnetzer, William Inboden, Miguel Howe and Matthew Wilson.

To read The Catalyst and sign up for future editions, go to www.bushcenter.org/catalyst.


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William McKenzie
William McKenzie

William McKenzie is editorial director for the George W. Bush Institute, where he also serves as editor of The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the Bush Institute.

Active in education issues, he co-teaches an education policy class at SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development. He also participates in the Bush Institute’s school accountability project.

Before joining the Bush Institute, the Fort Worth native served 22 years as an editorial columnist for the Dallas Morning News and led the newspaper’s Texas Faith blog. The University of Texas graduate’s columns appeared nationwide and he has won a Pulitzer Prize and commentary awards from the Education Writers Association, the American Academy of Religion, and the Texas Headliners Foundation, among other organizations. He still contributes columns and essays for the Morning News and The Weekly Standard.

Before joining the News in 1991, he earned a master’s degree in political science from the University of Texas at Arlington and spent a dozen years in Washington, D.C. During that time, he edited the Ripon Forum.

McKenzie has served as a Pulitzer Prize juror, on the board of a homeless organization, and on governing committees of a Dallas public school. He also is an elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Dallas, where he lives with his wife and their twin children.

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