Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Inside the Meter

Editor Bill Adair to leave PolitiFact

This summer we say goodbye to Bill Adair, founding editor of PolitiFact.

Adair, who helped create the Tampa Bay Times' prize-winning fact-checking site, will join Duke University as the Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy, Times Editor Neil Brown announced Thursday.

A national search for the next PolitiFact editor will begin soon, Brown said. Adair will continue a relationship with PolitiFact as a contributing editor.

PolitiFact 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.

"With Bill Adair's vision and energy the Times has created something special in the world of political journalism," Brown said. "We're proud and not at all surprised that such an esteemed institution as Duke wants to tap into Bill's creativity and enthusiasm for helping citizens participate in democracy.

"Meanwhile, the Times' commitment to PolitiFact's place at the epicenter of the fact-check journalism movement is as strong as ever. We are glad Bill will remain as an ally and consultant as we continue to grow PolitiFact."

Adair, 51, has been with the Times 24 years, the past 16 in Washington. He has covered transportation, aviation, Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court and national politics.