Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Tom Kertscher

Watchdog reporter

Tom Kertscher worked for newspapers in Oklahoma, Illinois and California before joining the Journal Sentinel in 1998. He has been a reporter for 25 years. At the Journal Sentinel, he has covered a variety of local government and courts beats. A Cedarburg native, he has a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree from Ohio State University.   

Email: tkertscher@journalsentinel.com

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Tom Kertscher

Recent stories from Tom Kertscher

The (now-rejected) Kenosha casino -- jobs and money

How we sized up claims made about the $800 million casino complex.

One last look at 2014

Before the year disappears from the rear-view mirror, here’s a final PolitiFact Wisconsin look-back at 2014.

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Reviewing articles we did in 2014 without the Truth-O-Meter that provided a different sort of clarity and analysis.

Quick year-end quiz

Can you guess how we rated these six lighter and less-serious claims from 2014?

Pants on Fire, on parade

Ranking, by clicks, our seven Pants on Fire ratings from 2014.

Guns, deficit, fraud and beer among our most popular non-election fact-checks

The focal point of Wisconsin politics in 2014 was the race for governor.  But ...

Right to work: How past claims have fared on the Truth-O-Meter

Right to work has suddenly been thrust back into the news in Wisconsin. Here's a look at past factchecks on key issues in the debate.

American turkeys heftier than ever?

Up over there in Wisconsin, a writer wondered if U.S. turkeys really are heavier than before.   In a hurry to know? "Turkeys today are twice as fat as they were in the 1930s, Mother Jones says,"

With 2016 looming, a look at what Scott Walker has been telling the nation

The contours of a Scott Walker presidential campaign have begun to take shape.   Also: Glenn Grothman goes to Washington. A look at his most provocative comments.

Conservative Congressman-elect Glenn Grothman -- his most provocative comments, In Context

During his 21 years as a Republican state lawmaker in Wisconsin, Glenn Grothman has been perceived either as an authentic conservative who speaks his mind with refreshing candor, or as a fringe character who makes extreme, often offensive, observations.