According to the White House News Release, President Bush said that "Bill McGurn is an accomplished writer, with extensive experience in foreign affairs and economic policy. He will make an excellent addition to my speechwriting team." 
"Mr. McGurn previously served as an executive in the Office of the Chairman at News Corporation. Prior to that, he was the chief editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal and a member of its editorial board. From 1992 to 1998, Mr. McGurn was a senior editor for the Dow Jones-owned Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong. Earlier in his career, he served as the Washington bureau chief for National Review. Mr. McGurn is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Boston University." 
According to a brief biographical profile supplied to the National Journalism Center McGurn attended a course in summer 1980 and has subsequently been "chief editorial writer, Wall Street Journal, senior editor, Far Eastern Economic Review, columnist, Newsday, Washington editor, National Review, managing editor, American Spectator, managing editor, This World magazine, author, Perfidious Albion: The Abandonment of Hong Kong 1997, author, Terrorist or Freedom Fighter? The Cost of Confusion, editor, Basic Law, Basic Questions: The Debate Continues, published in Newsweek, Esquire, The Spectator (England), Sunday Telegraph (England), Washington Post, Slate, South China Morning Post, Private Practice, Hoover Digest, Reason, First Things, Catholic Dossier, National Catholic Register, published by the Ashbrook Center." .