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.

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Chris Nichols

Recent stories from Chris Nichols

Is Stockton really home to ‘second highest rent increases’ in the nation? There’s no simple answer.

Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs claimed his Central Valley city "has seen the second highest rent increases in the nation." PolitiFact California examined what’s driving these soaring rents and the challenge researchers have in finding complete, up-to-date and reliable rental data.

Gavin Newsom promised to expand homeless services. What has he done?

During his run for California governor, Gavin Newsom vowed to expand homeless services, one of a dozen promises PolitiFact California is tracking on our Newsom-Meter. We examined the progress he’s made so far.

Kamala Harris claims she ‘took on Big Oil’ as California AG. How far did she go?

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris has claimed she took on Big Oil during her time as California’s attorney general. PolitiFact California examined her record and spoke with environmental experts about how far she went. 

Fact-checking claims about the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton

In the days since the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, we’ve heard a lot from people seeking to shape the gun debate with their own theories, facts and figures.  With so much going on, it might be hard to keep all of it straight. We recapped our fact-checking of politicians, pundits and social media here.

Were Tulsi Gabbard’s attacks on Kamala Harris’ record as a California prosecutor on target?

California Sen. Kamala Harris’ record as a prosecutor was attacked at the Democratic presidential debate in Detroit. PolitiFact California took a closer look at that record and the accuracy of the attacks.

Fact-checking claims on California’s unsheltered homeless population

During his recent push for a ‘right to shelter’ law, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg made eye-opening claims about California’s homeless population, including the soaring rate of homeless deaths in the state. PolitiFact California fact-checked his statements.

Who is Tom Steyer? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

California environmental activist and billionaire Tom Steyer is running for president. Here’s a biographical look at the 2020 Democratic candidate.

Kamala Harris made forceful claims on civil rights and immigration. Did she get them right?

With passionate claims on the economy, civil rights and immigration, California Sen. Kamala Harris captured the attention of many Thursday during the second night of the Democratic presidential debates in Miami. Did she get them right?

Harris, Swalwell, Williamson: A quick look at the Californians on tonight’s debate stage

Three Californians — Sen. Kamala Harris, Rep. Eric Swalwell, and self-help author Marianne Williamson — will make their case to be the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee at tonight's debate in Miami. PolitiFact California has this look at their biographies, top issues and recent fact checks on them. 

Who is Kamala Harris? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris is relatively new on the national scene, but she's quickly become recognized for her tough questioning of Trump administration appointees. In her presidential campaign, she has emphasized teacher pay, enhancing health coverage, tightening gun laws, and pay equity.