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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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.

Fact-checking claims in California’s U.S. Senate race

Sen. Dianne Feinstein and her challenger in California’s U.S. Senate race Kevin de León made several claims that caught our attention during their only scheduled campaign forum this week in San Francisco.

Fact-checking claims about California’s rent control measure Prop 10

There’s a flood of ads about California’s rent control measure Prop 10 on TV, radio and social media. But which claims are true? PolitiFact California fact-checked some of the most common ones.

El debate entre John Cox y Gavin Newsom en California, chequeado

Los candidatos a gobernador en California se reunieron para el único debate del ciclo electoral. John Cox, el candidato republicano, y Gavin Newsom, el demócrata, concordaron en que sostienen posiciones distintas en varios temas, incluyendo regulación e inmigración. Escribimos un resumen de lo que dijo cada candidato en el debate, con mayor contexto verídico.

Fact-checking the California governor's debate with John Cox and Gavin Newsom

Democrat Gavin Newsom and Republican John Cox meet for their only general election debate.

Does ICE Have Unlimited Authority To Make Courthouse Arrests?

How much legal authority does ICE have to make arrests at local courthouses? PolitiFact California explored that topic with  experts on immigration law following the recent ICE arrest of an undocumented man inside a local Sacramento courtroom.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's rally for Mike Braun in Evansville, Indiana

President Donald Trump presented a familiar array of falsehoods in his rally in Evansville, Ind., for Mike Braun, a Republican state senator and businessman running for U.S. Senate.

Unearthing the facts on Yosemite’s visitors, bears and wildfires

In the spirit of Capital Public Radio's new podcast, YosemiteLand, PolitiFact California dug up some eye-opening facts about Yosemite National Park, its history, its wilfires, visitors and the animals that call it home.