Chris Murray has more than 30 years of experience as a print and broadcast journalist. He has been covering sports on a regular basis since 1994. Throughout his career as a journalist, Murray has covered the Super Bowl, World Series, the NCAA Tournament, the NBA Playoffs and world championship boxing as well as other sporting events. Outside of sports, he has covered the Michigan legislature and Washington, D.C. government.
Murray is currently the host of The Chris Murray Report on WURD Radio in Philadelphia and a freelance writer with the Philadelphia Sunday Sun. He covers both pro and college sports teams in Philadelphia. Murray also writes about sports and race. He is a frequent guest on local sports talk radio in Philadelphia including 94 WIP-FM and 900 AM WURD.
In addition to his work in the media, Murray is currently a lecturer in the Department of English and Modern Languages at Bowie State University. He has also been an adjunct professor in both the African-American Studies Department and the Journalism Department at Temple University.
Murray has had appearances on nationally-syndicated sports talk shows, such as “The Live Stews.” He has also been a guest on regional and national television shows like the Comcast Network talk show, “It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle,” “Art Fennell Presents,” and the CNN-Headline News program, “To the Point.”
From 2004 to 2009, Murray was a sports writer/columnist with the Philadelphia Tribune. He covered both pro and college sports which included events like the 2008 World Series, the 2009 NCAA Tournament-First and Second Rounds, the 2007 East men’s East Regional Final and the 2004 NFC Championship Game.
Murray was one of two finalists for the 2009 National Association of Black Journalist’s Excellence in Journalism Award in sports writing for newspapers with under 150,000 circulation. In 2008, he was a recipient of the Negro League Baseball Museum’s Sam Lacy Award as its Baseball Writer of the Year. His work as a freelancer has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, the Grio.com, the Boston Globe and the Providence Journal.
Prior to the Tribune, Murray worked as a Lecturer of English at Bowie State University (2001-2003). From 2003 to 2005, he was a graduate student in Temple University’s African-American Studies. He received his Masters degree from there in January 2006. In 2005, Murray wrote entries for the African-American Studies Encyclopedia, edited by Molefi Kete Asante and Ama Mazama.
From 1998 to 2001, Murray was the sports editor of the Prince George’s Gazette Newspapers in Landover, Md. where he coordinated the coverage of local high school and college sports. He was a frequent guest on a local sports show.
Murray also worked at the Journal Newspapers as a sports reporter from 1994-1998. In 1995, Murray won a Maryland Society of Professional Journalist award for Excellence in Sports Reporting. So As a freelance journalist during that time, his work appeared in Washington Post.com and Black Issues in Higher Education.
From 1992-1994, Murray was a staff writer with Army Times. He started his print journalism career at the Newhouse Newpapers in Michigan 1991. As a graduate student at Michigan State University (1988-1990), Murray was a student in the Michigan State University’s Capital News Service program where he worked as a print and radio reporter covering the Michigan Legislature. He was also the editor of the student-run publication, “Focal Point.” In 1990, he was an intern in the sports department of the Milwaukee Journal.
Before attending graduate school, Murray started his journalism career in radio at WEAA-FM radio in Baltimore when he was a student at Morgan State University. At WEAA, he was a news and sports anchor. It should be noted that WEAA was not a student-run station. Murray’s program director at the time was former Congressman and former NAACP president Kweisi Mfume.
After finishing his studies at Morgan State, Murray worked as a freelance Washington correspondent with WOL-AM (now Radio One) and the National Black Radio Network. Murray covered events involving D.C. local government, Congress and various national forums and conferences.
Education: MA African-American Studies-Temple University 2006
MA-Michigan State University 1991; BA Political Science-Morgan State University 1987.