Mark Stencel is co-director of the Duke Reporters' Lab and visiting faculty at the university's DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy. He previously was NPR's managing editor for digital news. He also held senior editing and executive positions at the Washington Post and Congressional Quarterly, and was a reporter for the News & Observer in Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
He is the author of an American Press Institute report on the impact of political fact-checking and co-author of studies on the news industry's evolution for the Duke Reporters' Lab and CUNY's Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism. He also is an advisory board member for Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism in Macon, Ga.
Stencel is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he was more active in student media than he was in class. He graduated with a degree in Soviet studies the year before the Soviet Union ceased to exist, so his credentials as a media "futurist" should be considered with journalistic skepticism.