William McKenzie is editorial director at the George W. Bush Institute, where he also is editor of The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the Bush Institute. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, McKenzie spent 22 years writing editorials and columns for The Dallas Morning News. During his time there, the Fort Worth native led the newspaper’s Texas Faith blog and wrote on subjects ranging from education reform to water policy to national politics.
The University of Texas graduate’s columns have appeared nationwide and he has won commentary awards from the Education Writers Association, the American Academy of Religion, and the Texas Headliners Foundation, among other organizations. He still contributes columns and essays for the Morning News and The Weekly Standard.
ore 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.
McKenzie has served as a Pulitzer Prize juror, on the board of a homeless organization and on governing committees of a Dallas public school. He also is an elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Dallas, where he lives with his wife and their twin children.
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