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

Mostly True

Yes, though polls don't ask to name your favorite pol

False

Memo he signed has limited effect, doesn't apply to Keystone

Mostly True

Cites a credible count, though other factors also involved

Recent stories from Tom Kertscher

Ahead of Donald Trump's Wisconsin visit, his record as president on the meter

Most of the statements Donald Trump has made as president that have been checked by PolitiFact have received ratings toward the bottom of the Truth-O-Meter. 

High Five: Trumpcare vs Obamacare

Intense coverage of the Republicans' attempt to replace Obamacare led to clicks on fact checks we did on both plans.

Fact-checking fake news on International Fact-checking Day

Sunday, April 2, is International Fact-checking Day. To mark the day, PolitiFact conducted a "fact-check-a-thon" on fake news.

Ahead of crucial House vote, fact checking the GOP's Obamacare replacement

Does it benefit the rich, lower premiums?

Donald Trump repeats his Mostly False claim about Hillary Clinton, Russia and uranium

At his press conference, the president repeated an attack he made while campaigning in Wisconsin.

Is Donald Trump's executive order a 'Muslim ban'?

Examining the label given to the president's order temporarily restricting people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

The year in fact checking, 2016

True enough: In a year in which lie telling reached new proportions, four of our 10 most-clicked items got a rating of True.

Donald Trump and the Truth-O-Meter

Ahead of his first Wisconsin visit as president-elect, a look at Trump fact checks since Election Day.

High Five: Reince Priebus, Amy Schumer, Jill Stein among most clicked

'Electoral landslide,' public shaming and 'outlawed' voting machines drew notice.

Our file on Reince Priebus, Donald Trump's choice for chief

Sharp attacks on Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.