History and Mission

Duke Magazine is the university's flagship vehicle for telling stories about the vibrant Duke community. Through compelling narratives and striking visuals, we explore the university, from the change and growth on campus to how Duke is leaving its imprint globally. We profile and highlight diverse alumni, student life and leaders, policy shapers, intellectual risk-takers, medical and scientific pioneers, and global health advocates. Through our award-winning writing, we provide insights into the complex arena of higher education, offering a nuanced understanding of the ever-changing life of Duke University and its place in the world. 

The magazine is published five times a year by the Office of Alumni Affairs. The publisher is Sterly L. Wilder '83, associate vice president for Alumni Affairs.

Story ideas come from a great variety of sources. Because the magazine is interested in addressing the issues of the day in the context of the campus, many ideas come from the general-interest and higher-education press. Others come from meetings with the Editorial Advisory Board (a group of Duke alumni and friends, chaired by More magazine editor Lesley Jane Seymour '78 and made up of accomplished professional journalists); continuing interaction with university administrators, faculty members, and students; and ehte editors' general sense of the intellectual currents of the campus. Over the years, Duke Magazine has received numerous awards in recognition of its editorial quality.