Murphy is perhaps best known for his work with Milwaukee Magazine, where he served seven years as editor and 12 years as a senior editor. He also worked for three years as a senior enterprise reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, two years as arts and entertainment editor for the Madison alternative weekly Isthmus and for nearly two years as an alt weekly editor in Milwaukee for two different publications.Murphy was an online innovator, as co-founder and editor/writer of MilwaukeeWorld.com, where he broke the Milwaukee County pension scandal, which resulted in County Exec Tom Ament and seven county supervisors being thrown out of office -- the biggest political scandal in Milwaukee’s history. (The archive of those stories can be found here.)Murphy has broadcast credentials as well, having worked as a reporter for the WMVS-TV show “Interchange,” and serving these days as weekend commentator for WUWM-FM, analyzing the week’s top stories. A winner of more than 30 national and state writing awards, he was most recently nominated for best blog of 2011-’12 by the National City and Regional Magazine Association, whose judges declared that “Murphy has created a gem with... ‘Murphy’s Law.’ Thoroughly researched and known for putting fact ahead of opinion and argument, it stands out as a prime example of journalism as public service.”
Back in the News: The Glass Ceiling for Women
Latest report shows little progress for women in state’s corporate boardrooms.
Murphy’s Law: Can County Board Solve Taxicab Problem?
The board’s resolution got media play, but will probably accomplish nothing.
Murphy’s Law: New Probe is Big Trouble for Walker
Both the first and second John Doe have focused on his campaigns, suggesting a disturbing pattern.
Murphy’s Law: Who Will Run the County Buses?
You need a scorecard to follow all the bizarre changes on this issue.
Murphy’s Law: Police Scam Artists
Why does the cop’s union protect officers who rip off taxpayers?
Back in the News: Talgo Files Claim Against State
State would have to pay $136 million for canceling train contract.
Murphy’s Law: The Nuclear Option
Supervisors nuke Chris Abele’s staff salaries. Will this hurt the county?
Murphy’s Law: Milwaukee’s Most Underestimated Leader?
MPS superintendent Gregory Thornton has quietly righted a ship that once looked ready to sink.
Murphy’s Law: The Decline of Local Control
Republicans favor local control. So why are they passing so many laws ending it?
Murphy’s Law: Why a Regional Tax is Needed
A regional tax for amenities like Milwaukee’s zoo and art museum is needed. Will they benefit from effort to help the Milwaukee Bucks?