Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Inside the Meter

Aaron Sharockman named PunditFact Editor

PunditFact.com needs an editor as cool as the idea and that’s Aaron Sharockman.

Aaron will be the PunditFact editor, charting a course for the new website while supervising a staff of two reporters and writing his own items.

With spot-on political instinct and a natural TV personality, Aaron is the right person to launch this unique effort to hold accountable some of the most prominent voices in our political discourse.

For the past two years, Aaron has been the Tampa Bay Times’ deputy government & politics editor, spearheading our Tallahassee coverage, while editing and writing for PolitiFact. Along the way he has brought initiative and ideas to stories, staffer deployment, web development and business strategy. He thinks beyond his seat every day.

Aaron joined the Times in 2003 after graduating from Indiana University. He started in our Clearwater Bureau covering the City of Oldsmar, then the City of Clearwater. Soon he moved downtown to cover the City of St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay Rays’ pursuit of a new baseball stadium.

In the fall of 2009, he helped us launch PolitiFact Florida. His work included a definitive examination of Marco Rubio’s claim that 57 of his 100 ideas as Florida House speaker became law. That earned Rubio a Half True and remains a signature piece of PolitiFact reporting.

Now Aaron is ready to help us launch a new site, along with PunditFact’s two reporters: Jon Greenberg, who recently joined the Times full time, and Katie Sanders, who has distinguished herself in nearly two years as a reporter for PolitiFact Florida.