Duke Reporters' Lab

About the Lab

The Reporters’ Lab is a center for journalism research in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Our core projects focus on fact-checking, but we also do occasional research about trust in the news media and other topics.

The Lab is funded by the Knight Chair endowment as well as grants from Knight Foundation, the Google News Initiative, the Facebook Journalism Project and Craig Newmark.

Along the way, we’ve worked with many collaborators, including The Washington Post, PolitiFact, FactCheck.org and other fact-checkers; Google, Facebook, YouTube, Schema.org, Jigsaw and other tech organizations; the Bad Idea Factory software development collective; researchers and computer scientists at Duke, the University of Texas at Arlington and Digital Democracy, an initiative of Cal Poly’s Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy; the International Fact-Checking Network and more.


Bill Adair

Bill Adair is the Knight Professor for the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University and the director of the Duke Reporters' Lab. He is the creator of Pulitzer Prize-winning website PolitiFact and worked for 24 years as a reporter and editor at the Tampa Bay Times. He is the author of The Mystery of Flight 427: Inside a Crash Investigation.



Mark Stencel

Mark Stencel teaches journalism at Duke, where he also is co-director of the university's Reporters' Lab. He also is executive director of JournalList and founder of Assignment: Future LLC. He previously held senior positions at The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly and NPR, and was a reporter for The News & Observer in North Carolina.



Christopher Guess

Christopher Guess is the lead technologist for the Reporters' Lab.


Erica Ryan

Erica Ryan is the project manager for the Reporters' Lab.



Joel Luther

Joel Luther is the ClaimReview and MediaReview Research and Outreach Coordinator in the Reporters' Lab.