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My name is David Murray. I write and speak frequently on corporate, political and personal communication issues—particularly employee communication and speechwriting.

I'm editor of Vital Speeches of the Day, a 75-year-old collection of the best oral communication in the U.S. and the world.

I cowrote the New York Times-bestselling memoir Tell My Sons (Random House, 2013) and am working on another memoir.

Between issues of the magazine and books, I write feature stories on politics, golf, murder, hairpiece making, boxing, ballet, homelessness, motorcycling, the state supreme court, sailing, dinosaurs, professional poker and other related subjects.

My work has appeared in publications and media outlets including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, Advertising Age, Sailing Magazine, Golf Magazine, Car Collector Magazine,, the Huffington Post and Chicago Public Radio. (In all candor, my work has also been rejected or ignored by such august publications as The New Yorker and Modern Drunkard Magazine.)

Prospective clients and editors may see some of my work under "Categories" here, or E-MAIL ME at writingboots at gmail dot com or call 773-904-8661.


no ideas but in things.