Bennett to Leave PBS

Philip Bennett, the Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy, will step down from his role as managing editor of FRONTLINE when his contract expires in May, the program announced today.

During his two years with the PBS documentary program, Bennett worked on the award-winning “Money, Power and Wall Street,” series, and on “The Choice,” an in-depth look at the presidential candidates. He also oversaw reporting on “The Anthrax Files,” “A Perfect Terrorist,” “Al Qaeda in Yemen,” “The Education of Michelle Rhee,” “Climate of Doubt” and more than a dozen other films, said Raney Aronson, deputy executive producer.

He created an oral history partnership with the Sanford School’s DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy that led to “The FRONTLINE Interviews,” an interactive web feature. This collaboration will continue, Aronson said.

Bennett, a former managing editor of The Washington Post, said his decision was based on a desire to focus more on teaching, research and writing.

“It’s been a privilege to be part of the flagship public affairs documentary series on television,” he said. “I’m leaving with an even stronger conviction about the importance of public television as home for accountability journalism. I’m also pleased to have been able to bring some of those lessons into my teaching at Duke.”