Glenn Kessler

Washington, D.C.

The Fact Checker

Education: Brown University, B.A. in history; Columbia University, M.A. in international affairs

Glenn Kessler has been editor and chief writer of The Fact Checker since 2011. In a journalism career spanning more than three decades, Kessler 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 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. Kessler appears frequently on television and has lectured widely on U.S. f
Latest from Glenn Kessler

Ron Johnson’s flimsy evidence that Democrats seek to ‘change the electorate’

The Wisconsin senator is taking out of context remarks from almost 10 years ago to make his case.

May 20, 2022

Eric Holder’s ‘opposition’ to gerrymandered districts in N.Y. and Md.

The former attorney general suggested he was opposed to Democratic maps in New York and Maryland, but his phrasing is passive and parsed.

May 19, 2022

The faux outrage that Biden is stockpiling baby formula for undocumented immigrants

Republicans are trying to make an issue out of the fact that the administration is following the law.

May 12, 2022

Dissecting White House spin that most Republicans want to raise taxes

The White House keeps doubling down on the false claim that there is broad support among the GOP to raise middle-class taxes.

May 12, 2022

J.D. Vance’s claim that Biden is targeting ‘MAGA voters’ with fentanyl

The GOP Senate candidate from Ohio claims that Biden’s border policies are intended to kill off Trump voters — an assertion based on zero facts.

May 11, 2022

A pair of Four-Pinocchio abortion claims

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) each earn Four Pinocchios for claims they made in recent days about abortion laws.

May 6, 2022

Mayorkas’s claim that undocumented immigrants are ‘promptly removed’

The Homeland Security secretary said action is quickly taken if undocumented immigrants lose their cases but government statistics tell a different story.

May 5, 2022

The roots of the zombie claim that Hitler had ‘Jewish blood’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov cited an often-debunked claim about Hitler's ancestry. Here's where that story comes from.

May 3, 2022

McCarthy’s false claim that Garland called parents ‘terrorists’

In recent weeks, the Republican leader has repeatedly put words in the mouth of the attorney general.

April 28, 2022

Kevin McCarthy’s master class in spin and obfuscation

The House Republican leader over and over has denied he said he would ask Trump to resign -- and here are the many ways he has been misleading.

April 25, 2022