The PolitiFact staff

Holan

Angie Drobnic Holan is the editor of PolitiFact. She previously was deputy editor, and before that a reporter for PolitiFact, helping launch the site in 2007. She was a member of the PolitiFact team that won the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 2008 election. She previously worked at newspapers in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and New Mexico.

She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and a master’s of library science from the University of South Florida. Her undergraduate degree is from the Plan II liberal arts program at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a native of Louisiana and attended the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts.

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Sharockman

Aaron Sharockman is the executive director of PolitiFact, the largest fact-checking organization in the United States. Aaron leads the growth and development of PolitiFact, manages its outreach and news partnerships, and oversees new initiatives and product development. Aaron has been with PolitiFact since 2010 and served most recently as the editor of PunditFact, a website dedicated to checking claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers and the hosts and guests of talk shows. Aaron was a 2016-17 Reynolds Fellow at the University of Missouri and taught a class on political fact-checking at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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Sanders

Katie Sanders is the managing editor of PolitiFact. Previously, she fact-checked talking heads and opinion-shapers for PunditFact as well as the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott for PolitiFact Florida, reporting from the Tallahassee bureau of the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald. She is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she majored in English and journalism.

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Catalanello

Rebecca Catalanello

Rebecca Catalanello is a contributing editor to PolitiFact. She spent 18 years as a staff writer and reporter at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, the Tampa Bay Times, the Press-Register and the Charleston (W.V.) Daily Mail. She has covered education, crime, health care, hurricanes, courts and issues related to sexual trauma. She also briefly oversaw and edited freelance charter school reporting for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans. In addition, she spent three years at the University of New Orleans, where she was the publications and communications manager. Her journalistic work has been honored with three regional EMMYs as well as awards from the Education Writers Association and several state and local journalism organizations. Rebecca is spending 2018-19 in Cambridge, Mass., but calls New Orleans her permanent home.

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Greenberg

Jon Greenberg is a senior correspondent with PolitiFact. He was part of the PolitiFact team during the 2012 presidential election and was one of the fact-checkers who launched PunditFact in 2013. Prior to that, he was executive editor at New Hampshire Public Radio and a Washington reporter for National Public Radio. He has twice won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting.

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Jacobson

Louis Jacobson

Louis Jacobson has been with PolitiFact since 2009, currently as senior correspondent. Previously, he served as deputy editor of Roll Call and as founding editor of its legislative wire service, CongressNow. Earlier, he spent more than a decade covering politics, policy, Congress and lobbying for National Journal magazine. He is senior author of the 2016, 2018 and 2020 editions of The Almanac of American Politics and also contributed to the 2000 and 2004 editions. Since 2004, Jacobson has been writing a column on politics in the states, which has run in Roll Call, Stateline.org, and Governing. He now divides the column between the Cook Political Report, Sabato's Crystal Ball, and U.S. News and World Report. He received the Weidenbaum Center Award for Evidence-Based Journalism from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014, and in 2017, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers gave him a Best in Business award for his economics coverage. Jacobson has been serving as an innovator-in-residence at West Virginia University's Reed College of Media since August 2018, teaching WVU students how to produce PolitiFact West Virginia.

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Sherman

Amy Sherman is a staff writer with PolitiFact based in South Florida. She was part of the team that launched PolitiFact Florida in 2010 and was part of the PolitiFact team during the 2016 election. She previously worked as a staff writer for the Miami Herald and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. A native of Amherst, Mass., she graduated with a history degree from Macalester College in St. Paul.

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Hollingsworth

Josie Hollingsworth

Josie Hollingsworth is PolitiFact's Audience Engagement Editor. Previously, she worked in audience engagement, expanding social platforms and website production at The Seattle Times and the Tampa Bay Times. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in Spanish literature and interactive multimedia journalism.

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Valverde

Miriam Valverde is a contributing writer for PolitiFact. Previously, she reported for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Bradenton Herald, the Boston Globe and a Boston Spanish-language publication, El Planeta. Miriam graduated from Emerson College with a major in journalism and minor in business studies.

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Funke

Daniel Funke is a staff writer covering online misinformation for PolitiFact. He previously reported for Poynter as a fact-checking reporter and a Google News Lab Fellow, and has worked for the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. When he’s not chasing down online hoaxes, the University of Georgia graduate can be found cycling to your local brewery.

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Putterman

Samantha Putterman

Samantha Putterman is a contributing writer for PolitiFact. Previously, she reported for the Bradenton Herald and the Tampa Bay Times. She is a graduate of USF St. Petersburg, where she majored in journalism and media studies. 

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O'Rourke

Ciara O'Rourke

Ciara O'Rourke is a contributing writer for PolitiFact. Previously, Ciara covered local government and public safety for the Austin American-Statesman and fact-checked elected officials and pundits for PolitiFact Texas. She was a 2015-16 Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism and has contributed to publications including The Atlantic, Seattle Met and and The New York Times. She graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, with a degree in journalism and French.

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Tom Kertscher

Tom Kertscher is a contributing writer for PolitiFact. Previously, he was a fact-checker for PolitiFact Wisconsin. 

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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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Paul Specht

Paul Specht is a correspondent for PolitiFact North Carolina at the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., where he covers state government. Specht joined the N&O politics desk in 2017. Before that, he covered government and development news in and around Raleigh. He graduated from Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., in 2010 with a degree in communications.

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Warren Fiske

Warren Fiske is the editor of PolitiFact Virginia.

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Jill Terreri Ramos

Jill Terreri Ramos is a staff writer for PolitiFact New York and the Buffalo News.

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Madlin Mekelburg

Madlin Mekelburg writes for PolitiFact Texas and the Austin American-Statesman. Previously, Madlin covered state and national politics for the El Paso Times from the USA Today Network's bureau in Austin, Texas.

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