Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism & Public Policy

Director, Rutherfurd Living History Program

Special Projects Editor, PBS FRONTLINE


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Philip Bennett has had a long career as a foreign correspondent, newspaper editor and documentary film producer. He is currently the Special Projects Editor at FRONTLINE, the documentary series on PBS. Before joining the Duke faculty in 2009, he was the managing editor of The Washington Post for four years. Previously he directed the Post’s international coverage. During his tenure as managing editor, The Post won ten Pulitzer Prizes.

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.

At Duke, Bennett is the director of the Rutherfurd Living History Program, which has created an interactive platform for publishing oral histories. He teaches about journalism ethics, reporting about national security and politics, the practice of journalism interviews, and coverage of war.

Recent Films


Other Media

  • PJMS 371, PUBPOL 371, ETHICS 259, DOCST 371, RIGHTS 371 News as a Moral Battleground (Spring 2020)
  • PJMS 388S, PUBPOL 368S Journalism & War
  • PJMS 364S, PUBPOL 364S, DOCST 364S The Art of the Interview: Questions and Answers as a Tool of Journalistic Inquiry (Spring 2020)