William McKenzie

Senior Editorial Advisor
George W. Bush Institute

William McKenzie is senior editorial advisor at the George W. Bush Institute, where he is working on editorial projects on democracy and freedom and education reform. He previously served as founding editor of The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the Bush Institute.

 

As an adjunct journalism lecturer at SMU, he teaches a course on media and politics. He also has led a course on education policy and journalism.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Mr. McKenzie has served as a Pulitzer Prize juror, as a volunteer with and board member of homeless organizations in Dallas and Washington, and on governing committees of a Dallas public school. He is a member of the Fort Worth Independent School District’s Hall of Fame and an elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Dallas, where he lives with his wife and their twin children.

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Read the article Five ways Congress and the private sector can help preserve local journalism.
Feb 1, 2023

Five ways Congress and the private sector can help preserve local journalism

By: William McKenzie, Chris Walsh
Bush Institute experts Bill McKenzie, Senior Editorial Advisor, and Chris Walsh, Director of Freedom and Democracy recently released new policy recommendations on combatting disinformation, supporting freedom of the press, and preserving local journalism. We zoom in and highlight five ways in which policy makers and the private sector can help aid the local news crisis below.
Read the article Disinformation: Reliable Information is essential for democratic stability.
Jan 17, 2023

Disinformation: Reliable Information is essential for democratic stability

By: William McKenzie, Chris Walsh
Global instability, including the weakening of democracies, has grown more apparent over the last few years. Events from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to understanding the facts about the latest COVID-19 developments to trusting the results of elections in the United States and elsewhere illustrate this growing concern.
Read the article How to Protect and Enhance Freedom of Expression.
Mar 22, 2022

How to Protect and Enhance Freedom of Expression

By: William McKenzie
In the seventh installment of Democracy Talks, Lindsay Lloyd, Bill McKenzie, and Chris Walsh look at freedom of expression in three ways: the rise of the internet as a vehicle for expression, the state of free speech on college campuses, and the challenges that face freedom of the press in the United States and elsewhere.