Managing editor, Austin American-Statesman
John Bridges is the managing editor of the Austin American-Statesman. An American-Statesman employee for more than 20 years, he previously served as the newspaper's senior editor for local and state news, national editor, news editor, metro editor and sports editor. His duties include oversight of PolitiFact Texas.
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Recent stories from John BridgesRolling Stones claim starts up Texas Truth-O-Meter
Did $25,000 flow to the burg of Rollingwood for the inconvenience of a nearby Rolling Stones concert? Like sugar.Mailbag: ‘Your journalism professors would be so proud of you’
Readers blast. We share. It’s mailbag time. Were two-thirds of groups targeted by IRS not conservative?
After the IRS’s admission that it improperly targeted conservative groups, Progress Texas said two thirds of the scrutinized groups were not conservatives. That's unknown and unlikely, we concluded, making for smoke.Rick Perry pitch touches on fact-checked claims
Perry’s fresh pitch-and-woo for businesses to move to Texas touches on established claims about jobs and people heading our way. The Truth-O-Meter rated the claims Mostly True to False.Legislated spending of up to $4 billion not expected to halve Texas rainy day fund
A small-government advocate says Texas legislators agreed to cut the state’s rainy day fund by half. That’s incorrect.If you vote in Austin primaries, you probably request a Democratic ballot
A Republican analyst's tweet led us to learn that 7 in 10 Austin voters in party primaries exclusively fill out the Democratic Party's ballot.Rick Perry’s count of $10,000 college degrees
Rick Perry touted 13 Texas institutions offering $10,000 college degrees. We wondered.El Paso "safest" large city in US? Hold fire
El Paso's county judge said the city is the safest burg of its size in the country. That sounded familiar--and flawed.Susan Combs knows the Truth-O-Meter
Susan Combs knows the Truth-O-Meter. That’s not so for all the prospective contenders to succeed her.PolitiFact Texas marks two years on Austin's KUT FM
Once a week for two years, Austin's KUT News has talked through one of our fact checks. Cake time? Kind of.
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