Louis Jacobson

PolitiFact senior correspondent

Louis Jacobson is the senior correspondent for PolitiFact and a staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times. He has served as deputy editor of Roll Call and as founding editor of its legislative wire service, CongressNow. Earlier, he spent more than a decade covering politics, policy and lobbying for National Journal magazine. Since 2002, he has handicapped political races, including state legislatures, governors, congressional seats, state attorneys general and the electoral college, currently for Governing. He is senior author of The Almanac of American Politics 2016 and also contributed to the 2000 and 2004 editions. In 2004, Jacobson originated the “Out There” column on politics in the states, which ran in Roll Call and later in Stateline.org and which won five annual awards from Capitolbeat, the association of state capitol reporters and editors. He received the Weidenbaum Center Award for Evidence-Based Journalism from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014.

Email: ljacobson@politifact.com

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Louis Jacobson

Recent stories from Louis Jacobson

Old hands, new scene: PolitiFact reports from New Hampshire

Thanks to a Kickstarter grant from our readers, a pair of Washington-based PolitiFact reporters spent five days in New Hampshire in the run-up to the first-in-the-nation primary. Here's what we found.

Fact-checking the New Hampshire Democratic debate

The two remaining Democrats running for president, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, debated one-on-one ahead of the New Hampshire primary. How'd they do on the Truth-O-Meter? NEW! Old hands, new scene: PolitiFact reports from New Hampshire

Checking Ted Cruz on the facts in New Hampshire

Stumping in New Hampshire today, Ted Cruz aired claims PolitiFact has gauged before.   In this report, read what Cruz got right and wrong, courtesy of PolitiFact correspondent Lou Jacobson, on the scene.

PolitiFact's guide to Republican-on-Republican attacks

The Iowa caucuses are over the GOP race and the rivalries will likely intensify. But which attacks are based in fact and which are baseless accusations? 

Live fact-checking from the New Hampshire primaries

PolitiFact reporters are on the ground in New Hampshire to see the candidates and analyze their statements first hand. Follow along here. NEW! PolitiFact's guide to Republican-on-Republican attacks See the Truth-O-Meter scorecards for the GOP presidential hopefuls See the Truth-O-Meter scorecards for the Democratic presidential contenders

Mailbag: 'Your article is complete hogwash'

Another of our periodic roundups of reader complaints and compliments.

Live fact-checking the Iowa Republican presidential debate

Trump or no Trump, the show went on tonight in Iowa. Find out what the candidates said, and how true their claims were.

PolitiFact fact-checks the Jan. 24 shows

Meet the Press host Chuck Todd grills Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders about their chances in the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1.

Fact-checking Trump, Sanders on the Jan. 24 shows

Trump responds to an aggessive ad from Sen. Ted Cruz about Trump wanting to bulldoze a widow's home. In the Democratic fight, Sanders says Trump is beatable and had an unusual theory about climate change.   What happened when fact-checkers left their desks to go to Iowa

What happened when fact-checkers left their desks to go to Iowa

Presidential candidates on the trail in Iowa faced snow, voters and, now, PolitiFact.    In context: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders on Goldman Sachs   Follow our live updates: PolitiFact on the road in Iowa Jan. 18-22