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.   


The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Tom Kertscher


Extensive fencing, not a massive wall


More criticism, but endorsement remains


Job losses estimated, but no evidence of shipping

Recent stories from Tom Kertscher

Donald Trump dice que Hillary Clinton “entregó” quinta parte del uranio de EEUU a Rusia

En un acto de campaña en Waukesha, Wisconsin, Donald Trump realizó una serie de ataques contra Hillary Clinton como Secretaria de Estado, incluyendo uno que involucra a Rusia.

Round II: Ron Johnson vs. Russ Feingold

Ron Johnson, the Republican incumbent, and his Democratic challenger, Russ Feingold, made a number of claims about each other in their final debate that we’ve rated previously. Here’s a look at four of those statements.

The allegations about Donald Trump and Miss Teen USA contestants

Whether he walked in on naked teens hasn't been established.

Fact checking the first Ron Johnson-Russ Feingold U.S. Senate debate

Each candidate makes claims we've previously examined.

Senate debate primer: Ron Johnson vs Russ Feingold

Claims the candidates have made against each other have marked the U.S. Senate rematch.  

High Five: New interest in old fact checks

Social love pushes new page-views on older fact checks, including some about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Factsheet: Donald Trump’s tax returns

Donald Trump has said repeatedly that there isn’t much new information to learn in his tax returns. Yet just three pages of his 1995 tax returns, uncovered by the New York Times this past weekend, reveal significant facts.  

Debate preview: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Wisconsin

If you hear any of these Wisconsin-related statements tonight, you'll know whether they're True, Pants on Fire or somewhere in between.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's immigration speech in Phoenix

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump offered an aggressive 10-point plan Wednesday to crack down on illegal immigration, including the creation of a "deportation task force" and a pledge to deport people living here illegally who are arrested for crimes,

High 5: The Hillz and The Donald were the clickiest

Fitting, it would seem, that in July 2016, when the two major parties nominated their candidates for president, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump topped our most-clicked list.