Mary Murphy of WPIX/Ch. 11 is the first to admit TV is a medium that has traditionally valued youth–but she also believes it values people with experience.
Like the kind she has. Twenty-five years of it.
“It’s very difficult,” she says of surviving. “But if you love your work, and you work really hard, and don’t get complacent, and stay creative, then you’ll stay relevant.”
Two months ago, Murphy, 50, was moved off a weekend anchor and reporting slot to head up the station’s investigative unit, where she’s now juggling multiple stories.
The latest is a two-parter that began last night and continues tonight at 10 built around an interview with former NYPD officer Joseph Gray. In 2002, Gray was convicted of four counts of manslaughter for mowing down a pregnant mother, her son and sister, and killing all of them after drinking for 12 hours. (The child the mom was carrying was delivered by Caesarean and died soon after.)
“I’ve been trying to get an interview for five years,” Murphy says.
The story is timely, she says, given the number of deadly, high-profile, drunken-driving cases lately. More…