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

False

Claim is severe exaggeration of the facts

Recent stories from Chris Nichols

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.

An honest question: Where does truthfulness rank as Democrats select a 2020 candidate?

How important is honesty and trustworthiness as Democrats select a 2020 candidate to support? And has this quality lost value in this ‘post-truth’ era? PolitiFact California asked polling experts and delegates at the California Democratic Party Convention to weigh in. 

Fact-checking 2020 candidates at the California Democratic Convention

Contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination made attacks on President Trump and claims about their own record Saturday at the California Democratic Party Convention in San Francisco. PolitiFact California was their to fact-check their statements. 

After doctored Pelosi video, expert warns of unchecked ‘misinformation campaigns’

Should social media platforms such as YouTube and Facebook remove videos manipulated to embarrass politicians and distort their speech? PolitiFact California spoke with a UC Berkeley computer science professor and digital forensics expert for answers to questions about these doctored videos.

Who is Eric Swalwell? Meet the latest California Democrat running for president

Eric Swalwell, a Democratic congressman from California's East Bay, is running for president and qualified this week for the Democratic primary debates. Who is this long-shot 2020 candidate and where does he stand on key issues? 

Gavin Newsom has made progress on some promises, but what about a state homelessness secretary?

After 100 days in office, Democratic Califoria Gov. Gavin Newsom has yet to appoint a State Homelessness Secretary as he promised on the campaign trail. PolitiFact California is tracking his promises on our Newsom-Meter and asked advocates for the homeless what they think about this lack of action. 

Kamala Harris calls her LIFT plan ‘the most significant middle-class tax cut in generations.’ Is it?

California Sen. Kamala Harris has claimed her LIFT plan would be one of the largest middle-class tax cuts in generations. We examined her proposal, considered a centerpiece of Harris’ presidential campaign, and how it stacks up with past tax cuts.  

Fact-checking Gavin Newsom’s claims on California’s death penalty

In announcing his decision to halt executions in California, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom made several claims about the cost of the state’s death row, how many people have been exonerated nationwide and how many might still be wrongly convicted. PolitiFact California examined those claims.

Have fatal shootings by police in California dropped 40 percent since 2015?

The law enforcement-backed nonprofit Protect California claimed there's no "epidemic" of police violence in the state and that fatal shootings by police are down 40 percent since 2015. PolitiFact California examined those claims.     

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.