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Bill Adair

PolitiFact Contributing Editor

Bill Adair is the creator of PolitiFact and a professor at the Sanford School for Public Policy at Duke University. He also serves as a contributing editor for PolitiFact. He worked in Washington from 1997 to 2013 where he covered Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court, national politics and aviation safety. Adair is the author of "The Mystery of Flight 427: Inside a Crash Investigation," a behind-the-scenes account of how the National Transportation Safety Board solved one of the biggest mysteries in aviation. He is the winner of the Everett Dirksen Award for Distinguished Coverage of Congress, the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award and the Manship Prize for New Media in Democratic Discourse.

Email: adair@politifact.com

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