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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When PolitiFact hit the road to cover the Iowa caucuses

We consider it a crucial part of our mission to give voters information about the statements candidates make about their own biographies, their positions on public policy, and attacks against other politicians. But in January, it was time to get up close and personal.

Fact-checking Pete Buttigieg’s Fox News town hall in Des Moines, Iowa

During a Fox News town hall in Des Moines, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg pushed back against criticism that he is too young to be the president and argued that he is the Democrat who is best positioned to reach out to a broad swath of Americans.

Fact-checking Amy Klobuchar in Waterloo, Iowa

Despite polling below the top tier of Iowa caucus hopefuls, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., drew a near-capacity crowd to a ballroom in Waterloo, Iowa, on Jan. 26 to hear her vision for a post-Donald Trump presidency.

Fact-checking Elizabeth Warren in Davenport, Iowa

We fact-checked Elizabeth Warren’s town hall in Davenport, Iowa where she made statements about gun background checks, her own college’s costs and marijuana arrests.

We fact-checked the Democrats' closing push in Iowa before the caucuses

The Democrats running for president fanned out across Iowa during the penultimate weekend before the state caucuses Feb. 3.

Fact-checking Joe Biden in Ankeny, Iowa

Former Vice President Joe Biden attacked the policies and conduct of President Donald Trump during a campaign event in Ankeny, Iowa, on Jan. 25.

Fact-checking Bernie Sanders in Ames, Iowa

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders delivered a speech in front of a boisterous, overflow crowd in Ames, energizing many younger Iowa voters with his call for fundamental change.

Fact-checking Andrew Yang in Muscatine, Iowa

At a town hall in Iowa, Andrew Yang made statements about manufacturing job losses, Amazon’s domination and life expectancy. Here’s what we found.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s new video listing presidential achievements

A new White House video lauds President Donald Trump for accomplishments he’s made during his time in office. We fact-checked some claims that were false, misleading or lacking context.

The Stump Speech Analyzer: Bernie Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Independent running for the Demcratic presidential nomination for the second time, has perfected his campaign stump speech: Railing against the establishment and promising dramatic government intervention, Sanders wields dozens of familiar talking points again and again. In a Mason City speech, Sanders offered versions of more than a dozen specific claims we’ve checked before.