William P. (Will) Murphy, 72, of Indianapolis, died March 15, 2013 following a yearlong battle with cancer. 

Will was born Dec. 25, 1940, in Indianapolis, to the late David J. and Fern R. (Jones) Murphy.  He was a 1958 graduate of Scecina Memorial High School and received training at Purdue University, Marian College, St. Mary’s College, Kentucky, and with the Peace Corps.

Mr. Murphy was a broadcaster since 1956 in Indiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Michigan, and Kentucky in radio and TV news and as anchorman in Michigan, Kentucky and Indiana.  He worked as a weekly talk show host, voiceover talent and feature news reporter.  He was the State House Bureau Chief for WIBC News from 1968-70, but his favorite stint was with WKYT TV News, Lexington, Kentucky from 1977-88.

Mr. Murphy was the winner of several awards:

1970 Indianapolis Press Club Outstanding Reporter
1983 1st place AP Documentary Award for
     “Mother Theresa in Kentucky”
1984 1st and 2nd Place AP Public Service Award for
     “Kentucky Marines in Beirut”
1986 Kentucky AP Reporter of the Year.
He was a three-time recipient of the Kentucky
     Colonel award.

In retirement, he was an active supporter of Indy Reads and IRIS, and worked as a census representative, a translator for McDonald’s, and a tour guide at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Survivors include brothers David J. Murphy, Frank Murphy, and Alex Murphy of Indianapolis, sisters Katie Murphy of Indianapolis and Molly Murphy of Zionsville, along with 17 nieces and nephews and numerous great-nieces and nephews. 



A memorial service will be held June 22, 2-4pm,
at the Wyndham Hall Community Room,
1910 Wellesley Blvd., Indianapolis.




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