Steve Contorno

PolitiFact Staff Writer

Steve Contorno is a staff writer for PolitiFact. He previously covered Congress and Virginia politics for the Washington Examiner as well as state and local governments in Wisconsin for the Green Bay Press-Gazette. A native of the Chicago suburbs, Steve graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in news-editorial journalism and a minor in political science, and holds a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield, where he covered the Illinois legislature for the Chicago Sun-Times.


The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Steve Contorno


Defining border security is subjective


Old claim, old number, still misleading


Data only go back to 1970s, not all of U.S. history


The data only goes back to the 1970s


Respected think tank report backs it up

Mostly False

Eighteen permanent employees were fired


'Imagine' this was accurate

Recent stories from Steve Contorno

Jindal tries for GOP nod from back of the pack

Eleven of the 17 candidates vying for the Republican nomination for president will be on the main stage at the second debate Wednesday. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, trailing in the polls, won't be among them. As part of PolitiFact's ongoing series examining statesment from candidates on both sides of the aisle, today we look at claims made by Jindal, who will again appear in the "undercard" debate prior to the main event.

Happy birthday, PolitiFact! PolitiFact turns 8

We've published more than 10,000 fact-checks over the past eight years. We deserve some cake!

PunditFact fact-checks the Aug. 23 shows

Debate about birthright citizenship, which some Republican presidential candidates have pledged to end, occupied a lot of airspace on the Sunday shows.

Fact-checking the Aug. 23 Sunday shows

Republican presidential candidates and their surrogates explain why they support an end to birthright citizenship and stepped-up border resources.

Fact-checking the Ferguson protests, one year from Michael Brown's death

As the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo., passes, we look back at our fact-checks about police issues and race.

Fact-checks inspired by Ferguson, one year later

As the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo., passes, we look back at our fact-checks about police issues and race.   • PunditFact fact-checks the Aug. 9 Sunday shows • 17 candidates, 2 debates, 1 Donald Trump and plenty to fact-check

Fact-checking Ferguson, one year later

On the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, we look back at our fact-checks about police issues and race.

A closer look at an anti-Hillary Clinton meme

A reader asked us to check out a social-media meme critical of Hillary Clinton, so we did. Most of what it says isn't very accurate.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage

We look back at our fact-checks on gay and lesbian issues, as well as what candidates had to say about the recent court ruling.   • Chris Christie on the Truth-O-Meter • Donald Trump on the Truth-O-Meter

Fact-checking GOP presidential contenders on the economy

Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Rick Perry are among the speakers at Gov. Rick Scott’s economic summit in Orlando.    • Revisiting the Legislature’s budget showdown