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Mary Murphy named moderator of 2020 Irish American Presidential Forum

Posted at 6:06 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 18:08:31-04

NEW YORK — The following is a press release by the organizers for the Irish American Presidential Forum.

The 2020 Irish-American Presidential Forum has announced that New York broadcaster Mary Murphy will serve as moderator of the bipartisan presidential candidates’ debate, scheduled for April 26, 2020 at Fordham University’s School of Law at Lincoln Center in Manhattan.

There are some of the 43 million Americans of Irish descent, many want to know where the U.S. Presidential candidate stands on relevant foreign policy issues when casting their ballots. The Forum takes place just two days prior to the New York Primary vote.

All of the major U.S. Presidential candidates, Democratic and Republican alike, have been invited to the forum to address major issues including America’s role in the Irish peace process, immigration policies between the U.S. and Ireland, the aftermath of Brexit and its impact on U.S. trade deals, and the position of the U.S. Special Peace Envoys to Northern Ireland.

Since the British government’s partition of Ireland, forcing it to become two separate nations in 1920, Irish America has ardently supported Ireland’s reunification, governed by the people without foreign interference. America’s continuing role supporting a fair and lasting peace in Ireland remains invaluable.

Ms. Murphy has spent her entire broadcasting career in New York City television news and is the recipient of 29 Emmy awards (27 at WPIX), along with an Edward R. Murrow Award for writing and many first-place prizes from the Associated Press. During her time at WPIX, Mary has anchored coverage of the 9/11 terror attacks, traveled town to town during Superstorm Sandy and did live coverage from Vatican City when Pope Francis was elected in 2013.

She is the daughter of Irish immigrants who met in Rockaway Beach and initially settled in Woodside. Ms. Murphy’s late father was a New York City bus driver. She graduated from Queens College Magna Cum Laude and was selected for an internship with WCBS-TV in the 1980s, which was her entry into journalism, working her way up from production assistant to reporter and anchor.

In December 2017, Ms. Murphy revealed a faulty pipe bomb was used by an accused terrorist beneath the Port Authority Bus Terminal and was first to report the 2017 Halloween truck attack on bicyclists in lower Manhattan an act of terror. She has been lead-reporter on some of New York’s most important news happenings, the assassination of NYPD Officer Edward Byrne, the John Gotti and Joel Steinberg trials, and crash of TWA Flight 800.

In 2006, shortly before the fifth anniversary of 9/11, Mary visited a field in County Cork, Ireland, where a New York-based nurse had planted 343 trees in honor of the FDNY firefighters who died responding to the attacks to share that story with American audiences. Her 1994 interviews of the real people behind the Oscar-winning film “Schindler’s List” was honored by the American Women in Radio and Television.

As March primaries roll on, more Democratic candidates are leaving the stage. On Wednesday, ex-New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg announced he was suspending his campaign, while on Thursday, Senator Elizabeth Warren reported she is exiting, following a disappointing Super Tuesday.

The Irish American Presidential Forums asks candidates about their policy positions on matters related to U.S. relations with Ireland and Northern Ireland. Past candidates participating include President Bill Clinton, Senator John McCain, Vice President Al Gore, Governor Jerry Brown, Vice President Walter Mondale, Governor Michael Dukakis, and Reverend Jesse Jackson.

For more information on the Irish American Presidential Forum contact irish2020@gmail.com