Joshua Gillin is a staff writer for PolitiFact, PunditFact and the Tampa Bay Times, and former staff writer for PolitiFact Florida. He previously was a reporter, editor and blogger for tbt*, the daily tabloid edition of the Times, and has written about media news (and taught a couple classes about fact-checking) for The Poynter Institute.

Gillin graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in print journalism, but has since appeared on TV and radio hundreds of times. He has taught classes and hosted forums about fact-checking at several schools and universities. Before moving to the Tampa Bay area, Gillin worked in many writing and editing capacities in news, sports and features at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Savannah (Ga.) Morning News and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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Recent stories from Joshua Gillin

Does the Bible give Trump moral authority to kill Kim Jong Un, as Trump's pastor says?

A Texas televangelist who acts as a spiritual adviser to President Donald Trump reasoned that the Bible grants the commander in chief the power to wage war against North Korea. Scholars say it's not that simple.

What costs more, soldiers' Viagra or transgender health care? What about Mar-a-Lago trips?

Trump's announcement barring transgender service members brought out the examples of things that cost more than military spending on those troops' coverage.

White House plugs anti-CNN video from undercover group

Sarah Huckabee Sanders said people should watch YouTube offering from Project Veritas, which has targeted CNN before.

Fact-checking 9 things Trump overstated, got wrong in his Cedar Rapids speech

His June 21, 2017, rally speech in Cedar Rapids ranged from health care to jobs to immigration to the Paris climate agreement.

Fact-check: The epic pay battle between Wonder Woman and Superman

A magazine column that said Man of Steel star Henry Cavill made millions more than Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot sparked an online fight, but the numbers are doubtful.

Real or fake? Take our fake news quiz to find out

We provide 10 questions that can help you identify whether a news story is trustworthy or not.

If you're fooled by fake news, this man probably wrote it

Christopher Blair is a 45-year-old volunteer Little League umpire who lives in Maine, and he is behind one of the most prolific fake news websites on the Internet.

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PolitiFact editors discuss the truth behind the week in news.

Fact-checking Marco Rubio’s statements about the Iran nuclear deal

The Republican U.S. senator from Florida said that the 2015 agreement will not prevent a nuclear Iran.

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We've been fact-checking fake news stories for months, and we've noticed several categories and trends in an industry looking to make a fool out of you.