Sharockman

Aaron Sharockman

Executive director

Aaron Sharockman is the executive director of PolitiFact. Aaron oversees PolitiFact’s operations, development and revenue, assists in our journalistic mission, manages our state partnerships and lead efforts to develop new products for PolitiFact users. He also helps coordinate some of our special products, including our debate coverage and presidential promise tracker. Aaron has been with PolitiFact since 2010 and served most recently as the editor of PunditFact, a website dedicated to checking claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers and the hosts and guests of talk shows. Aaron is a 2016-27 Reynolds Fellow at the University of Missouri and co-teaches a class on political fact-checking at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Aaron graduated from Indiana University. 

Email: asharockman@politifact.com

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Recent stories from Aaron Sharockman

How Fox, MSNBC and CNN are covering the Women's March

Womena and men marched in cities around the world for equal rights Saturday, the day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's inaugural address

President Donald Trump delivered a 16-minute inaugural address that emphasized his populist campaign themes, promising to drain the Washington swamp and revitalize manufacturing and the middle class.

Live Twitter feed: The inauguration of Donald Trump

Follow the inauguration of Donald Trump through our live Twitter feed.

Democratic senator: Fixes to immigration system might already be on the books

Gen. John Kelly addressed questions about visa waiver program during his Jan. 10, 2017, Senate confirmation hearing for secretary of Homeland Security.

Support PolitiFact: Join the Truth Squad

We launch a new project asking our readers to contribute to us directly through a membership program called the Truth Squad.

The Trump-O-Meter: Tracking 102 promises made by Donald Trump

President-elect Donald Trump promised coal jobs in West Virginia and manufacturing jobs in Michigan. He said he would fix the inner city of Baltimore and the airports in New York. He said he would cut taxes and grow the military. Create paid family leave and balance the budget.

Coming Tuesday: the Trump-O-Meter

For the past six months, PolitiFact has been cataloging promises Trump made to voters in speeches, appearances, interviews and debates. Tuesday we launch our Trump-O-Meter, which will track 102 of the most significant pledges emblematic of his unconventional campaign. The Trump-O-Meter will measure whether Trump is able to accomplish what he told voters and ultimately rate each promise Kept, Broken or Compromise. It’s the same process we used to track the campaign promises made by President Barack Obama.

Barack Obama's top 25 campaign promises: How'd he do?

From trying end the wars in the Middle East and getting his daughters a puppy to reforming the health care system and tinkering with the tax code, Barack Obama made over 500 promises. Here are the ones that will define his presidency in years to come. 

The top 10 most viewed fact-checks of 2016

We've posted more than 1,100 fact-checks related to the 2016 presidential race. Here are the most popular.

Disease-carrying mosquitoes are adapting. How researchers are racing, and stumbling, to keep up

The fight against malaria is largely a war on bugs. PolitiFact went inside an African research center, where scientists are testing new methods to stop a quickly changing foe.