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Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird on Netflix  

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MARY MCDONAGH MURPHY, Director / Producer / Writer

Mary McDonagh Murphy is an independent documentary director, writer and television producer. Her most recent work is Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird. She is the author of an acompanying book: Scout, Atticus & Boo: Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird, a New York Times best seller published by Harper Collin in June 2010.

Murphy speaks frequently at schools and libraries across the country. Her other documentaries include: Cry For Help, about adolescent depression and suicide, for PBS; Digital Days, an examination of the Internet’s effect on the newspaper industry, for the Associated Press; and Before your Eyes:Don’t Take my Daddy, a chronicle of deportation proceedings against three former members of the Irish Republican Army; which aired in primetime on CBS.

Her production company, Mary Murphy & Company, is responsible for numerous book and author videos including a feature-length biography of best-selling author Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, for schools and libraries.  Other book videos include, Breaking News: How the Associated Press has covered War, Peace and Everything Else; The Translator: A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur by Daoud Hari and Shannon, a novel by Frank Delaney. Her feature stories about golfer Greg Norman as a business man and the History of the Sweet n’ Low company aired on CNBC.

Murphy was a producer at CBS News for 20 years where she won six Emmy awards. She has written for Newsweek, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Post and Publishers Weekly. A native of Rhode Island, she is a graduate of Wesleyan University and was a John S. Knight fellow at Stanford University. Murphy lives in Scarborough, N.Y. with her husband, Bob Minzesheimer, and their two children. She is raising money for her next documentary and working on a comic novel.