C. Eugene Emery Jr. joined PolitiFact national to help cover the 2016 presidential election after 40 years as reporter for the Providence Journal. He was a founding staff member of PolitiFact Rhode Island. While at the Journal, he was a science and medical writer, covered municipal governments throughout Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts, and managed the Journal’s Massachusetts bureau. He was part of the Journal’s Commerce & Consumer team, then its Breaking News team, before joining PolitiFact Rhode Island in 2010. He has done freelance medical writing for Reuters since 1982. Emery has a bachelor of science degree in biology and a bachelor of arts degree in political science, both from Brown University in Providence.