Robert Murphy

Vice President, Administration
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Robert Murphy was named vice president of Administration in September 2007. He played key roles in the re-launch of “Nightline” and in organizing ABC’s 2008 political coverage. More recently he has led the successful effort to transform ABC News into an efficient and fully digital organization. He reports directly to the President of ABC News.

Mr. Murphy was named senior vice president, Multimedia, in March 2000, and was responsible for transforming ABC News from a traditional broadcast news organization to a high-quality, digital newsgathering organization, producing news program content on a variety of platforms, including broadcast, cable, internet, broadband and wireless. In addition he oversaw ABCNEWS.com, ABC News Radio and ABC NewsOne, the affiliate news service of ABC News.

An almost 35-year veteran of ABC News, Mr. Murphy was formerly senior vice president for Hard News for ABC News, since January 1993, with editorial, operational and budget responsibilities for Hard News operations of the division. In that role he was responsible for all news coverage, ABC News bureaus, “World News Tonight,” “World News Now,” “World News This Morning,” weekend news, NewsOne, radio news, special events and political coverage.

Mr. Murphy joined ABC News in April 1976, on the Washington bureau's assignment desk, becoming its manager in March 1978. He was named deputy Washington bureau chief in January 1980, and served in that capacity through April 1981, when he moved to New York as director of Television News Coverage. He served as vice president of Television News Coverage from 1984 until his appointment to senior vice president.

Prior to joining ABC News, Mr. Murphy was a staff assistant to Congressman Peter Rodino for the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment inquiry of President Richard Nixon, from October 1973 to October 1974. He was assistant superintendent of the House of Representatives' Radio and TV gallery from October 1974 to April 1976.

Mr. Murphy is a 1971 graduate of Fairfield University in Connecticut. He holds a Master's degree in business administration from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Mr. Murphy was named senior vice president, Multimedia, in March 2000. He was responsible for transforming ABC News from a traditional broadcast news organization to a high-quality, digital newsgathering organization, producing news program content on a variety of platforms, including broadcast, cable, internet, broadband and wireless. In addition he oversaw ABCNEWS.com, ABC News Radio and ABC NewsOne, the affiliate news service of ABC News.

A 32-year veteran of ABC News, Mr. Murphy was senior vice president for Hard News for ABC News from January 1993, with editorial, operational and budget responsibilities for Hard News operations of the division. In that capacity he was responsible for all news coverage, ABC News bureaus, "World News Tonight," "World News Now," "World News This Morning," weekend news, NewsOne, radio news, special events and political coverage.

Mr. Murphy joined ABC News in April 1976, on the Washington bureau's assignment desk, becoming its manager in March 1978. He was named deputy Washington bureau chief in January 1980, and served in that capacity through April 1981, when he moved to New York as director of Television News Coverage. He served as vice president of Television News Coverage from 1984 until his appointment to senior vice president.

Prior to joining ABC News, Mr. Murphy was a staff assistant to Congressman Peter Rodino for the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment inquiry from October 1973 to October 1974. He was assistant superintendent of the House of Representatives' Radio and TV gallery from October 1974 to April 1976.

Mr. Murphy is a 1971 graduate of Fairfield University in Connecticut. He holds a Master's degree in business administration from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.