Durham, N.C. — Bill Adair, creator and editor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact.com, is leaving the Beltway for a job at Duke University.
The school announced Friday that Adair has been appointed Knight Professor of Computational Journalism at the Sanford School of Public Policy.
“His track record demonstrates his capacity to develop a vision of how good journalism can survive and continue to play the crucial role it does in crafting public policy,” Bruce Kuniholm, dean of the Sanford School, said in a statement. “He has a spirit of engagement that will make him extraordinarily likeable and effective as a teacher and mentor to students.”
Adair, 51, will join the faculty July 1. He will begin teaching two courses in the fall, including “News as Moral Battleground, which focuses on plagiarism, fabrication and off-the-record sourcing.
Adair launched PolitiFact in 2007 while he served as the Washington, D.C., bureau chief for the Tampa Bay Tribune. The website, which earned a Pulitzer in 2009, is known for its Truth-O-Meter that rates officials’ statements on a scale ranging from “true” to “pants on fire.”
Adair has won numerous other journalism awards and serves as adjunct faculty at the Poynter Institute in Florida.