Robert Murphy ’71 is the Vice President of Administration for ABC News, part of the ABC Television Network and The Walt Disney Company, where he played key roles in the re-launch of Nightline and the political coverage of the 2008 and 2012 elections. Prior to becoming vice president in 2007, he was senior vice president of multi-media, where he was responsible for producing news content across a variety of broadcast, cable, internet, and wireless platforms. He was made senior vice president for Hard News at ABC in 1993, where he was responsible for the coverage of all the ABC news bureaus, as well as flagship programs like World News Tonight and World News This Morning. He joined ABC in 1976, on the Washington bureau desk, and served in Washington until 1981 when he moved to New York to oversee television news coverage. Prior to joining ABC he was staff assistant to Congressman Peter Rodino during the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment inquiry of President Richard Nixon.
He is a 1971 graduate of Fairfield University on whose Board of Trustees he currently serves and holds a MBA from the College of William & Mary. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Abraham House, a non-profit agency that operates in the South Bronx and is dedicated to providing alternatives to incarceration and family services that breaks the cycle of crime and allows first time offenders to become contributing members of their community.