Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy

Director of Undergraduate Studies for DeWitt Wallace Center

Public Editor of The Dallas Morning News



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Stephen Buckley, a veteran editor and educator who worked at The Washington Post, Tampa Bay Times and the Poynter Institute, joined the Duke faculty in July, 2021. Buckley, a 1989 Duke graduate in political science, has had a wide-ranging career as a local reporter, foreign correspondent, editor and journalism educator.

After graduating from Duke, Buckley spent 12 years at The Post as a local reporter and foreign correspondent. He covered education, courts and the night police beat and then became a foreign correspondent, initially as the Post’s Africa Bureau Chief and then the paper’s first correspondent based in Brazil.

He returned to St. Petersburg in 2001 as a national reporter for the Times and then became an editor in charge of national and international coverage before being promoted to managing editor and then publisher of, the paper’s digital site. He moved to the Poynter Institute in 2010 as dean of the faculty. In 2015, he moved to Kenya, where he taught at The Aga Khan University before becoming the lead story editor for Global Press Journal, an international news organization that focuses its reporting on undercovered regions.

  • JAM 390S-60, PUBPOL 290S-08 Gods and Monsters: The Art and Craft of Sports Journalism (Fall 2022)
  • JAM 371, PUBPOL 371, ETHICS 259, DOCST 371, RIGHTS 371, POLSCI 375, CINE 371 News as a Moral Battleground (Fall 2024)
  • JAM 367S-01, PUBPOL 367S-01 News Writing and Reporting (Fall 2024)
  • PJMS 397S-01, PUBPOL 397S-01 Advanced Reporting (Fall 2022)