Dylan Baddour initially wrote fact checks as a reporting intern for the Austin American-Statesman. He's a staff writer for The Houston Chronicle.

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Dylan Baddour

Recent stories from Dylan Baddour

MOSTLY FALSE: Saudis "caught" by agents at border in Laredo

Greg Abbott, citing a web post, said Syrians were "caught" by federal agents at the border in Laredo.   We found that claim Mostly False.   See Gov. Abbott's full Truth-O-Meter report card.

In Context: Greg Abbott's vow to lift Texas universities into nation's top 10

Texas’ governor-elect is California dreaming a little by vowing to lift Texas universities in national rankings.   Is it an easy reach?

Our look into Obama ordering deaths of Americans among our popular fact checks

A U.S. Senate aspirant charged President Obama will killing four Americans with drone strikes.   We concluded three were not intended targets. And this fact check proved our fifth-most viewed story of 2014.   Our countdown to No. 1 continues.

Michele Bachmann didn't say Bible written in English

Michele Bachmann, who's leaving Congress, has some Pants on Fires to her name.   But readers this year flocked to our story on a Pants on Fire claim about Bachmann supposedly saying the Bible was originated in English (not so).   We continue our countdown of the top 10 most-read PolitiFact Texas stories of 2014.

Lesson of 2014: Check the facts behind Mexico border claims

A trio of fact checks of flawed claims about activities near the Texas-Mexico border drew reader interest, each one landing among our 10 most-read stories of 2014:   * Ted Cruz incorrectly said Barack Obama has promised amnesty to illegal immigrants   * Pants on Fire: Duncan Hunter makes unconfirmed claim Border Patrol caught at least 10 ISIS fighters   * Rick Perry claim about 3,000 homicides by illegal immigrants not supported by stat

Wendy Davis needed to clarify claim about Greg Abbott siding with company that hired rapist

Only one claim by a gubernatorial candidate landed among our top 10 most-read fact checks of 2014.   We found Mostly True the statement by Democrat Wendy Davis that as a Supreme Court justice, Greg Abbott found that a company whose vacuum cleaners were sold door to door "had no responsibility" in the hiring of a salesman who raped a customer.   Read the original fact check here.

Austin judge did NOT sentence man to death for having marijuana

Our most-read fact check of the year is pretty much Bob Cole's fault. (That's a hint.)   But other fact checks -- including our finding False Sen. Ted Cruz's claim about Christians getting nailed to trees -- also drew lots of reader interest in 2014.   Our countdown of the year's Top 10 most-read fact checks starts with our recap of a Facebook claim about marijuana.  

Checking Austin candidates for mayor, city council

If you vote in Austin, you (should) know about 10-1; the soon-to-be reconfigured Austin City Council will have 10 members elected from individual districts plus the mayor elected citywide. Runoff elections are Tuesday.   We ended up doing more than 10 city-related fact checks. Here's a snapshot.   See every fact check related to Austin city government here.

Texas hits in November: Greg Abbott fact checks, Twin Towers recap

Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott figured into two of our most-read fact checks in November. But a 9/11 story won the month, per online reader views. More ahead or below.   The Texas Cinco:   * "Greg Abbott says he has sued Obama administration 25 times"   * "Roger Williams: Obama policies contributed to raising gas prices from $1.89 in 2009 to $3.51 today"   * "Americans must answer U.S. Census Bureau survey by law, though agency hasn't prosecuted refusals since 1970"   * "Greg Abbott plan doesn't mandate standardized testing of 4-year-olds, but school districts could take that tack"   * "In Context: Laura Pressley’s ‘something was planted’ in World Trade Center"

Our top 5 fact-checks and reports for November 2014

Readers clicked on fact-checks about events in Ferguson, President Barack Obama’s actions on immigration, and "death panels."