Monday, December 22nd, 2014

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

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.

Checking Scott Walker on "Meet the Press"

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, fresh from a re-election win that promoted his presidential prospects, went on "Meet the Press" a few days later. How did he do truth-wise?

Take this quiz on our fact-checks in the Scott Walker-Mary Burke race

Meanwhile, here are our round-ups of claims on key topics:  Taxes, education, jobs, wages and income, business growth, higher education and miscellaneous items.

Mary Burke, Scott Walker rely on old favorites in final debate

Their first meeting featured a lot of tried and True, but Friday’s second debate between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke bent more towards tried and False.

In Context: Gwen Moore on Ebola and a travel ban

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore took a different tack on calls for a travel ban in the wake of the Ebola outbreak.

Burke, Walker wield truth as tool in first debate

In their first debate, Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke trotted out dueling visions of the state's economy and the impact of Walker's tax and spending cuts. We take a look at key claims from the debate.  

Debate preview: What will Scott Walker and Mary Burke say?

We take a look at claims likely to come up in the first debate Friday between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke.