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 Figuring out the `juice’ of free speech and pluralism.
Aug 9, 2023

Figuring out the `juice’ of free speech and pluralism

By: Chris Walsh, William McKenzie
Over the coming months, the George W. Bush Institute will explore the nature of pluralism and how it’s working in our country. Improving our commitment to pluralism is intrinsically tied to strengthening our democracy. 
Read the article Journalists can better serve the public through collaboration .
Jul 19, 2023

Journalists can better serve the public through collaboration

By: William McKenzie
Below is an excerpt of an address that Bush Institute Senior Editorial Advisor Bill McKenzie recently delivered to a National Public Radio Collaborative Journalism Network Conference sponsored by the Walton Family Foundation in Bentonville, Arkansas.