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PolitiFact Editor Bill Adair to leave Tampa Bay Times to join Duke University faculty

From the Tampa Bay Times:

WASHINGTON — Bill Adair, founding editor of the Tampa Bay Times' prize-winning PolitiFact website and the paper's Washington bureau chief, is leaving this summer to join Duke University as the Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy.

Alex Leary, an award-winning senior reporter for the Times, succeeds Adair as Washington bureau chief, Times Editor Neil Brown announced Thursday.

A national search for the next PolitiFact editor will begin soon, Brown said, adding that Adair will continue a relationship with PolitiFact as a contributing editor. PolitiFact, theTimes' fact-checking operation, was recognized with a Pulitzer Prize in 2009, has won numerous online journalism awards and has expanded the fact-checking of political speech through more than 10 partnerships around the country.

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From Duke University press release:

Bill Adair, creator and editor of PolitiFact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning website of the Tampa Bay Times, has been appointed the Knight Professor of Computational Journalism at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy.

"Bill Adair is a terrific hire for Sanford and Duke, and he follows a long line of endowed chairs in communications, including David Broder, Alex Jones, Susan Tifft, Bill Raspberry, Sarah Cohen and Phil Bennett," said Bruce Kuniholm, dean of the Sanford School. "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. He has a spirit of engagement that will make him extraordinarily likeable and effective as a teacher and mentor to students."

Read Duke University press release here