Chris Nichols

Chris Nichols is the PolitiFact California reporter for Capital Public Radio. For the past dozen years, Chris has worked as a government and politics reporter at newspapers across California. Most recently, he covered the Capitol for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Previously, he worked at the North County Times in Escondido; the Lodi News-Sentinel and the Sonora Union-Democrat.

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Fact-checking what Gavin Newsom had to say on immigration in his State of the State

California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom made several immigration claims during his State of the State Address as he pushed back against what the Trump administration has called a "border emergency." PolitiFact California fact-checked Newsom's claims. 

Kamala Harris: Criminal justice reformer, or defender of the status quo? The record is mixed

Early in her run for president, Sen. Kamala Harris has crafted an image as a ‘progressive prosecutor,’ one who championed criminal justice reforms. But does her record as San Francisco district attorney and California attorney general match that image? PolitiFact California examined her past and found a mixed record of reform-minded achievements and places she wasn’t so progressive.

A look at Kamala Harris’ record on PolitiFact’s Truth-O-Meter

Together, PolitiFact and PolitiFact California have fact-checked presidential hopeful and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris more than a dozen times. We’ve summarized the most prominent ones, including claims aimed at her by the Trump administration, in this article.

Who is Kamala Harris? Meet the California Democrat running for president

Democratic U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris is relatively new on the national scene. PolitiFact California examined Harris' biography and stances on key topics as she heads out on the 2020 trail. 

California Sen. Kamala Harris challenges AG nominee William Barr on border wall, drug trafficking

California Senator Kamala Harris on Tuesday questioned President Trump’s choice to be Attorney General, William Barr, about the effectiveness of building a wall on the Southern border to stop drug trafficking.

Fact-checking California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Inauguration Speech

PolitiFact California fact-checked several eye-opening statements from California Gov. Gavin Newsom's Inaugural Address, on claims about the economy, homelessness and the cost of President Trump's border wall. 

Introducing PolitiFact California’s ‘Newsom-Meter’, tracking the campaign promises of Gavin Newsom

During his run for California governor, Gavin Newsom made bold promises to address everything from the state’s affordable housing crisis to creating universal healthcare in the state. Through our ‘Newsom-Meter’ project, PolitiFact California will track 12 of Newsom’s top promises over the next four years and provide updates on the progress, or lack thereof, for each.

PolitiFact California’s Top 10 Most Popular Fact Checks of 2018

Claims on highly-charged topics from immigration to mass shootings to California’s stark divide between the rich and the poor all made PolitiFact California’s Top 10 most popular fact checks of 2018.

Examining Jerry Brown’s veto of California wildfire legislation and the criticism of it

As deadly wildfires burned across California, a flurry of social media and blog posts called into question Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of a wildfire management bill two years ago. PolitiFact California examined these posts, the governor’s reasons for rejecting the bill and the state’s fire prevention efforts.

Who’s telling the truth in California’s 10th Congressional District?

TV attack ads have painted Democrat Josh Harder as a Bay Area elitist as he runs for Congress in his hometown Central Valley district against incumbent Republican Jeff Denham. Harder's TV ads have attacked Denham over his healthcare vote. PolitiFact California explored whether the ads are accurate and whether they’ll be effective in this toss-up district.