Mark Stencel

Co-Director of The Reporter's Lab; Journalism Instructor, Duke University
The Reporter's Lab; Duke University


Mark Stencel is co-director of the Duke Reporters' Lab and a journalism instructor at Duke University's DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy in Durham, North Carolina. He studies the impact of political fact-checking in journalism around the world and coordinates research on new technologies that automate and accelerate the fact-checkers' reporting process. He previously was managing editor for digital news at National Public Radio (NPR) and held senior editing and leadership positions at The Washington Post and Congressional Quarterly. As a reporter, he covered science and technology in the Raleigh-Durham area for The News & Observer, one of the U.S. newspaper industry's pioneering online publishers. He began his career as an assistant to Washington Post political columnist David S. Broder, an early champion of political fact-checking. In addition to his consulting work for news media clients, he is the author of an American Press Institute report on fact-checking in U.S. politics ( and the co-author of studies on the news industry's digital evolution for Reporters' Lab ( and CUNY's Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism ( He graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Soviet studies -- but that was the year before the Soviet Union ceased to exist, so his credentials as a media "futurist" should be considered with journalistic skepticism.
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