Philip Bennett

Philip Bennett has spent more than 30 years as a foreign correspondent, newspaper editor and television journalist. He is the Eugene C. Patterson Professor of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University.

Bennett was the managing editor of FRONTLINE between 2011-13, helping to oversee the series’s award-winning journalism. He came to FRONTLINE after four years as managing editor of The Washington Post, during a period in which the newspaper won 10 Pulitzer Prizes. As the Post’s foreign editor after the attacks of September 11, 2001, he directed the paper’s global coverage including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bennett’s journalism career started in 1982 at The Lima Times in Peru. He was a foreign correspondent in Latin America for almost ten years, covering Mexico and Central America during the 1980s. His work has appeared in many publications, including Vanity Fair, the Atlantic and El Pais in Spain.

At Duke, he teaches about ethics and national security secrecy, journalism and war and runs an oral history program. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in history from Harvard College and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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