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Ex-Washington Post editor to lead Duke center

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DURHAM, N.C. -

Duke University is making a professor and managing editor of the PBS television program "Frontline" the director of an academic center dedicated to improving modern journalism.

Duke said Thursday that public policy professor Philip Bennett will become director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at Duke University in July. He joined Duke's faculty in 2009 after a four-year stint as managing editor of The Washington Post, a period during which the newspaper won 10 Pulitzer Prizes.

Bennett said he wants the academic center to deepen support for accountability journalism by contributing ideas and research.

He replaces Jay Hamilton, who is going to Stanford University after leading the Duke center's efforts to find new economic models for news and new ways to lower the cost of investigative reporting.

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