Glenn Kessler

ReporterWashington, D.C.


The Ohio governor quotes Lincoln, but it turns out he fell for one of the great hoaxes of U.S. history. Four Pinocchios!

  • Jan 27, 2015

What really happened when a bust of Churchill loaned to George W. Bush was returned to Britain?

  • Jan 27, 2015

He said, “Over half of the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts.”

  • Jan 23, 2015

Speechwriters probably don’t want to be bothered with technical issues, but some further wordsmithing was needed.

  • Jan 22, 2015

A guide through the president’s more interesting claims, from job growth to education to Islamic State.

  • Jan 20, 2015

In his State of the Union address, the president is careful in framing his assertations.

  • Jan 20, 2015

Here’s our annual look at what happened to the proposals made in last year’s State of the Union address.

  • Jan 20, 2015

Politicians often quote this statistic, but it’s an estimate that should be treated more cautiously by reporters and politicians.

  • Jan 17, 2015

We dig into the data behind an alarming statistic and discover the numbers about college drinking say less than people think.

  • Jan 15, 2015

Lawmakers are repeating a figure without acknowledging it is missing an important element.

  • Jan 14, 2015
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In an award-winning journalism career spanning nearly three decades, Glenn Kessler, who writes “The Fact Checker” column, has covered foreign policy, economic policy, the White House, Congress, politics, airline safety and Wall Street. He was The Washington Post’s chief State Department reporter for nine years, traveling around the world with three different Secretaries of State. Before that, he covered tax and budget policy for The Washington Post and also served as the newspaper’s national business editor. In 2007, St. Martins Press published his widely acclaimed book on Condoleezza Rice, The Confidante. Kessler appears frequently on television and has lectured widely on U.S. foreign policy.
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