Employment Agreement - Qwest Communications International Inc. and Drake Tempest


                             [QWEST(R) LETTERHEAD]


October 6, 1998



Mr. Drake Tempest
[Address]

Dear Drake:

This letter is intended to set forth the terms and conditions of an employment
offer for you to come to work for Qwest as EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT AND GENERAL
COUNSEL and to be an Officer for Qwest Communications International Inc.
Initially, you will be assigned to Qwest's New York or New Jersey office.
However, it is understood that although initially based in the New York area,
you will be available to provide your services in Denver during regular business
hours.

1. In the event that you relocate to Denver, you will be entitled to be 
   reimbursed for your moving expenses up to a maximum reimbursement of
   $150,000. Included in your reimbursable expenses are the cost of selling your
   current home, expenses related to purchasing a new home in Denver, moving
   expenses, house hunting trips, loss on sale of up to 10% of the purchase
   price of your current home, gross up of any reimbursed expenses which are
   treated as income to you, etc. The purpose of this provision is to make you
   whole for the costs and expenses you would incur in relocating to Denver. You
   will be reimbursed, by expense report, for your travel and related expenses
   in conjunction with your trips to Qwest's corporate offices in Denver. These
   expenses will be charged against your $150,000 relocation allowance.

2. Your annual base salary will be $250,000.

3. You are eligible to participate in Qwest's quarterly executive bonus plan. 
   Your target bonus will be 90% of your base salary. You will be guaranteed
   your target bonus for the fourth quarter of 1998 and first quarter of 1999.
   Thereafter, you will participate in the executive bonus plan on the same
   basis as other senior executives.

4. Walk-Away/Sign-Up Bonus: You are entitled to the following payments to 
   offset some of what you are losing by leaving O'Melveny and Myers, provided
   you are employed on the date(s) payments are to be made:

   11/1/98   -   $200,000 
   11/1/99   -   $300,000

   In the event of a change in control (within the meaning of Qwest's Equity
   Incentive Plan currently in effect), any payments not paid will become
   immediately due and payable.

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Mr. Drake Tempest
October 6, 1998
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5. You are entitled to participate in Qwest's Equity Incentive Plan. You will
   receive a non-qualified stock option grant on September 14, 1998 of 450,000
   shares. These shares will vest at the rate of 20% per year five (5) years,
   starting with your first day of employment. All shares will automatically
   vest in the event of a change in control. The "strike" price will be 28
   13/16, the price at the close of business on September 14, 1998.

6. You are entitled to be reimbursed for your COBRA payments until such time as
   you are covered by Qwest's medical plan and Qwest agrees to waive any
   pre-existing conditions for you and your family, if any.

7. If you are terminated for reasons other than cause, you are entitled to one
   (1) year's base salary in a lump sum payment on date of termination. If there
   is a change in control (within the meaning of Qwest's Equity Incentive Plan 
   currently in effect), you are entitled to resign and receive the same payment
   on date of termination as if you were terminated. If your duties and
   responsibilities are adversely and materially diminished, you are entitled to
   resign and receive the same payment on date of termination as if you were
   terminated.

8. You are entitled to vacation and holiday time on the same basis as other 
   senior executives which provides that you take vacation at such time as your 
   job permits and observe company designated holidays.

9. If you leave the company, you agree that you are subject to the provisions of
   the enclosed confidentiality/non-solicitation/non-competition agreement.

Your employment will begin on Tuesday, October 13, 1998.

If the above terms and conditions are acceptable to you, please sign below and
return a copy to me for our files.


Sincerely, 



Joseph P. Nacchio
President and Chief Executive Officer

I accept the above offer:


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