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 True

Raw dollars: Biggest; adjusted for inflation: Near the top

Half Flip

Withholding support, at least for now

Half-True

No U.S. taxpayer funds; but cutting Puerto Rico's debts could hurt American investors

Half-True

Started it with brother-in-law, who owned predecessor company

Mostly False

Main aim of purchase is to make it harder for Iran to make a nuclear weapon

Recent stories from Tom Kertscher

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

Fact checking a Donald Trump appearance in Milwaukee

The GOP front runner made several claims that have, in one way or another, been evaluated by PolitiFact.  Plus: The Final Five on the Truth-O-Meter; closer looks at visits by Clinton, Sanders, Kasich and Cruz; Trump's comments on punishing women who have an abortion; and Trump: Low on the Truth-O-Meter, high in the polls

Donald Trump: Why so low on the meter, so high in the polls?

Teasing out how the Republican presidential front runner scores so poorly on our Truth-O-Meter but does so well with GOP voters.   Plus: The Final Five on the Truth-O-Meter; closer looks at visits by Trump, Clinton, Sanders, Kasich and Cruz; and Trump's comments on punishing women who have an abortion.