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Bennett, Philip | Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy

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Box 90241 Durham, NC 27708-0241 140 Sanford Building Durham, NC 27708


(919) 613-7358


[email protected]


Dewitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy Rutherford Living History Program


Recent Courses

PJMS 371: News as Moral Battleground PJMS 388S: Journalism and War: Covering International Conflicts PUBPOL 368S: Journalism and War: Covering International Conflicts ETHICS 259: News as Moral Battleground PUBPOL 371: News as Moral Battleground


Philip Bennett Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Studies and Journalism Professor of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy

Areas of Expertise

  • Media and Communications
  • New Media
  • Press and politics
  • Public Affairs Journalism
  • Politics and the Press


B.A., Harvard University (1981)

Duke professor wins an Emmy for documentary work on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

Phil Bennett was a co-producer of the highly anticipated FRONTLINE documentary "The Choice 2016" which aired nationally on PBS. Here he talks to Sanford's Dean Kelly Brownell about the stories the team uncovered about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton:

Professor Bennett is also the director of the Rutherfurd Living History program.


Philip Bennett is the Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy.

Bennett was the managing editor of The Washington Post between 2005-2009, and has been an editor of international and national security coverage, a local news reporter and a foreign correspondent. He was the foreign editor of The Post for six years in which the paper's international staff won many awards, including two Pulitzer prizes. As The Post’s managing editor, the paper’s second-ranking editor, Bennett helped supervise 800 journalists. The Post won ten Pulitzer Prizes during his tenure. Between 2011-13, while on the Duke faculty, he was the managing editor of FRONTLINE, the public affairs television series broadcast on PBS.

Bennett’s journalism career started in 1982 at The Lima Times in Peru, where he became the paper’s editor. He was hired as a metropolitan reporter by The Boston Globe in 1984 and was named the newspaper’s Latin American correspondent, based in Mexico City. He covered wars in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala, the U.S. invasion of Panama, and wrote about Mexico, Cuba and Brazil. Bennett was later the Globe’s foreign editor.

Bennett has worked on new media projects for The Washington Post Co. and has lectured on the future of journalism. He joined the Duke University faculty in 2009. He is director of the Rutherfurd Living History Program. He teaches about journalism and national security secrecy, the news media and Islam, narrative journalism and coverage of war.

Representative Publications

"Truth Vigilantes: On Transparency and Journalism" (10/2013) When a Crisis in Journalism Meets an Economy in Crisis History of Political Economy (01/2011) "Retrato de un pais en crisis" (Portrait of a Country in Crisis) El Pais newspaper (06/2010) Covering Islam (01/2010) 21st Century Censorship Columbia Journalism Review ()

Selected Grants