Adjunct Intructor of Journalism & Public Policy

Editor, Reporter, Columnist, The New York Times



137 Sanford Building
Sanford School of Public Policy

Peter Applebome has been an editor, reporter and columnist at The New York Times for more than three decades. He was Houston and Atlanta Bureau Chief, covered education and culture, served as deputy national editor, in addition to stints on the metropolitan and politics desks, and traveled to far-flung suburban, exurban and rural corners of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut for his “Our Towns” column.

Before that he worked as a writer and editor at The Dallas Morning News and Texas Monthly Magazine

He’s the author of two books, “Dixie Rising: How the South is Shaping American Values, Politics and Culture,” an exploration of the South’s influence on American life; and “Scout’s Honor: A Father’s Unlikely Foray into the Woods,” at once a father-son journey and an offbeat history of Scouting. He has taught journalism at Princeton and Vanderbilt universities in addition to Duke.

Among awards he has won, he’s most proud of being a past winner of the International Bad Hemingway Award, for a tale of Hemingway in the singles bars of Dallas.

  • PJMS 390S-10 American Voices- Reporting from a Divided Country (Fall 2022)
  • JAM 367S-01, PUBPOL 367S-01 News Writing and Reporting (Fall 2024)