Rebecca Catalanello

Rebecca Catalanello is a contributing editor to PolitiFact. She spent 18 years as a staff writer and reporter at | 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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By the numbers: How common are data breaches — and what can you do about them?

Over the past decade, the exposure of personal information has become a routine part of American consumerism. But how common really are data breaches — and what kinds of records are exposed?

Cory Booker’s claim that 17,000 people are ‘unjustly incarcerated,’ explained

Cory Booker challenged other candidates to promise clemency for people who are "unjustly incarcerated," saying there were 17,000 such people in the United States. We looked at his numbers.

Explaining the Jeffrey Epstein conspiracy theories linked to Trump, Clinton

The details of Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide have yet to come into full view, but that did nothing to stem the tide of misinformation coursing through social media channels.

Fact-checking the Democratic debate in Detroit, night two

The second crew of Democrats included Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, who had sparred in the first debate in Miami over school integration. 

Viral photo is of a doll, not a 12-week fetus

A photo showing an adult hand cupping what is described as a fetus at 12 weeks has been viral on Facebook for years.

PolitiFact’s Mueller Report Book Club, Volume 1

PolitiFact has been hosting the Muller Report book club via PolitiFact’s weekly email newsletter; read the book club’s first four weeks of material. 

Who is Kirsten Gillibrand? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

Under her campaign’s "Brave Wins" mantra, Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York pitches herself as a candidate willing to "stand up for what’s right and repair what’s been broken." Gillibrand says that health care should be a right and not a privilege, that Americans should have better public schools, and anyone who wants to work hard enough should have the ability to transition into the middle class.

Who is Seth Moulton? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

Seth Moulton served four tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine, then won election three times to a U.S. House seat in Massachusetts, representing the district where he grew up.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said the U.S. is running concentration camps. Many historians are skeptical

Recent assertions by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., that U.S.-run detention centers for migrants are "concentration camps" drew immediate rebukes from some Republican politicians, Jewish groups, and social media users.

Who is Bill de Blasio? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

Bill de Blasio, the incumbent two-term mayor of New York City, is running for president, hoping to become the first New York mayor to be elected to any higher office since 1869.