Matt Murray
Born (1966-05-02) May 2, 1966 (age 54)
Alma materNorthwestern University
OccupationExecutive editor, The Wall Street Journal
(m. 2002)

Matt Murray is an American journalist. He has been the Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal since June 11, 2018.


Murray earned the A.B. and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.[1]


Murray has been a reporter at the Journal since 1994. He began in the Pittsburgh bureau, and joined the Journal's money and investing section in 1997, covering banking. He was deputy managing editor, then executive editor.[1][2]

Editor in chief

On June 5, 2018, Murray was named editor in chief, succeeding Gerard Baker, and assumed his new role on June 11.[3]

As editor in chief, Murray oversaw the Wall Street Journal investigations into Michael Cohen and the Stormy Daniels–Donald Trump scandal that led to the Journal's Pulitzer win in 2019.[4][5]

In February 2020, amid backlash from the Chinese government regarding the headline of a Wall Street Journal Opinion piece, Murray agreed with the complaints but could not take any action due to the separation between news and opinion at the paper.[6]

In the wake of the George Floyd killing and subsequent protests, journalists at the Journal sent multiple letters to Murray lamenting the paper's lack of diversity as well as demanding changes to the way the paper covers race, policing and finance.[7][8]


Murray is the author of The Father and the Son[9] and the co-author of Strong of Heart.[1]

Personal life

He married Dr. Janine Dyck Flory in October 2002.[10] They live with their daughter in New York City.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Lopez, Ricardo (5 June 2018). "Matt Murray Named Wall Street Journal Editor, Gerard Baker Shifts to Editor-at-Large". Variety. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  2. ^ Abbruzzese, Jason (5 June 2018). "The Wall Street Journal appoints Matt Murray as editor-in-chief". NBC News. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  3. ^ Alpert, Lukas I. (5 June 2018). "Matt Murray Named Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  4. ^ Harris Jr., Roy J. (16 April 2019). "A Wall Street Journal Pulitzer win brings pride — and relief — about their work exposing hush-money payments". Poynter. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  5. ^ Atkinson, Claire (21 February 2019). "New WSJ editor on China, big tech, and the struggle to cover a 'unique' president". NBC News. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  6. ^ Tracy, Marc (22 February 2020). "Inside The Wall Street Journal, Tensions Rise Over 'Sick Man' China Headline". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  7. ^ Safdar, Khadeeja; Trachtenberg, Jeffrey A.; Mullin, Benjamin (15 June 2020). "America's Newsrooms Face a Reckoning on Race After Floyd Protests". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  8. ^ Tracy, Marc (10 July 2020). "Wall Street Journal Staff Members Push for Big Changes in News Coverage". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  9. ^ "A Son's View of Father's Trek to Monasticism". Los Angeles Times. 1999-11-20. Retrieved 2020-01-22.
  10. ^ "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Janine Flory, Matthew Murray". The New York Times. 13 October 2002. Retrieved 14 July 2020.