Tom Kertscher

Watchdog reporter

Tom Kertscher worked for newspapers in Oklahoma, Illinois and California before joining the Journal Sentinel in 1998. 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

Mostly False

Figure correct; plenty of shared responsibility

False

Figure is estimate involving all medical errors, not just surgeries

Mostly False

No blanket ban; only fully automatic are essentially banned.

Recent stories from Tom Kertscher

What Ruth Bader Ginsburg said about Donald Trump

In Context: House Speaker Paul Ryan said remarks made by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg about Donald Trump show she is biased. Here's a look at the remarks, which led Trump to say "her mind is shot."

Donald Trump's racial comments about Hispanic judge in Trump University case

In Context: What exactly the presumptive GOP presidential nominee said about Gonzalo Curiel being Mexican that has drawn so much condemnation from both the left and right.

Rating Scott Walker promises on transportation

We rate the status of three Walker campaign pledges, one on toll roads and two on the state Transportation Fund. 

Fact-checking the pro-Clinton super PAC's attack on Donald Trump's comments about women

Priorities USA's ads highlight Trump’s own comments about women, including when he said Fox’s Megyn Kelly had "blood coming out of her wherever," and his statement that women should be punished if they have an abortion.

In Context: Ron Johnson comparing the 2016 elections to 9/11

Fleshing out the Wisconsin Republican senator's comments about Flight 93.

Our April High Five includes (surprise!) an election flavor

April was such a busy month when it came to politics (Wisconsin’s  April 5 primary was just the start) that it took us some extra time to sort through our most-clicked items for the month.

What have Milwaukee's mayor and county executive promised you?

We're asking your help to track promises made by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele during their 2016 re-election campaigns.

Earth Day 2016: 6 things to know about climate change

On this Earth Day, we look back on some of our recent fact-checks on climate change.

In Context: Scott Walker, Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre

Fleshing out comments made by the Republican governor, which drew criticism from Democrats, in which he compared political attacks on himself to someone attacking the two Green Bay Packers quarterbacks.

Fact-checking the Wisconsin Supreme Court race

Claims have been made about the backgrounds of Justice Rebecca Bradley and her challenger, state Court of Appeals Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg.   Plus: Claims we have rated in the Milwaukee County executive's race   And: The Final Five on the Truth-O-Meter; closer looks at visits by Clinton, Sanders, Kasich, Cruz and Trump, and our article: Trump: Low on the Truth-O-Meter, high in the polls