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, making him one of the pioneers of political fact-checking. In a journalism career spanning nearly four 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. He joined the Post
Latest from Glenn Kessler

For Trump, the Constitution is malleable

Trump recently said that the Constitution should be terminated. We review how his view of the document has waxed and waned over the years.

December 6, 2022

Dissecting GOP claims about Hunter Biden deals allegedly involving his father

At a news conference, the incoming chair of the House Oversight Committee made assertations that have not been proven, are in dispute or are incorrect.

November 23, 2022

New Trump campaign, same old falsehoods

Trump's announcement speech was filled with false claims. Here's a guide to 19 statements.

November 16, 2022

The debunked claims and faux ‘facts’ supporting Trump’s plan to execute drug dealers

At campaign rallies, Trump keeps touting a plan to execute drug dealers, but the claims he makes as part of this riff are easily debunked or cannot be verified.

November 14, 2022

The strange twists and turns of an alleged election conspiracy

The conservative “election integrity” group appeared to have scored a target after a company executive was arrested. But the case has grown ever more complex.

November 10, 2022

Here’s why — and how — the Associated Press ‘calls’ elections

The invention of the telepgraph led to the creation of the Associated Press — and its important role in American politics.

November 8, 2022

A Bottomless Pinocchio for Biden — and other recent gaffes

Here's a roundup of some recent flubs and misstatements by the president.

November 7, 2022

Stephen Miller’s disingenuous ad charging ‘anti-White’ racism

A group founded by a former Trump aide is flooding Georgia airwaves with highly misleading messages.

November 4, 2022

The truth about election fraud: It’s rare

By every single metric, election fraud is rare in the United States.

November 1, 2022

GOP ad falsely tags Democratic candidate with ‘defund police’ label

Trudy Busch Valentine says she wants to boost police funding. But her GOP rival is using guilt by association and misleading video to claim she has a "anti-cop agenda."

October 28, 2022