Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Inside the Meter

Angie Holan named PolitiFact Editor; Lou Jacobson named Deputy PolitiFact Editor

PolitiFact is growing by leaps and bounds and it needs a strong leader to take the helm as editor.

That leader is Angie Holan. Effective immediately, she is the PolitiFact Editor.

Angie is the heart and soul of our fact-checking venture, starting as a researcher in 2007, rising to reporter, becoming a leading expert on the health care law, taking over as PolitiFact Florida editor, then deputy PolitiFact editor, too.

There is no one better suited to take the reins from Bill Adair and lead the charge for truth in politics. Angie is an exceptional reporter with top-notch explanatory skills essential to PolitiFact. She is a thoughtful leader who will guide PolitiFact with poise and excellence.  

She started at the Tampa Bay Times in 2005 as a news researcher in the library. In 2007, Bill recruited her to help with research for this cool fact-checking idea he had. Soon enough, she was a full-time writer and in 2009 she distinguished herself by devouring all things health care, writing story after story that stands today as some of the best coverage of the Affordable Care Act. In between, PolitiFact was awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in national reporting.

Angie hails from Louisiana and comes loaded with education: a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, a master’s in journalism from Columbia and a master’s in library science from USF. She has worked for an alternative newsweekly in Albuquerque, N.M., the Daily Advertiser (Lafayette, La.), the Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register and the Tampa Tribune.

The past few years Angie has grown as a reporter, an editor and a leader. Today she takes over as PolitiFact Editor and I could not be more proud.

And here's more good news: Lou Jacobson is the new deputy PolitiFact editor.

Lou is the most prolific PolitiFact reporter we’ve ever had, cranking out items and specializing on issues of the economy. Now we’ll tap into his editing experience and leadership to give Angie a hand in her new role.

Lou has two decades of experience in the Washington press corps, with a deep understanding of government and a vast network of policy experts. Lou joined the Times in 2009, after two years as the editor of CongressNow, a Roll Call publication that he helped launch. Before that he was a deputy editor at Roll Call and spent a decade at National Journal as a staff correspondent/associate editor.