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 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. Kessler appears frequently on television and has lectured widely on U.S. forei
Latest from Glenn Kessler

Stacey Abrams’s rhetorical twist on being an election denier

Abrams is playing down past claims that she "won" and the 2018 election for Georgia governor was "stolen"

September 29, 2022

The false claim that Senate Republicans ‘plan to end Social Security and Medicare’

It’s the final weeks of the election campaign, and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) is relying on an old trope — a nonexistent GOP plan to eliminate popular old-age programs.

September 27, 2022

Biden’s unwarranted bragging about reducing the budget deficit

The president argues he is not a big spender, pointing to a decline in the budget deficit. But his policies have increased the debt.

September 23, 2022

The GOP claim that Democrats support abortion ‘up to moment of birth’

We dug into the data. The reality is that abortions past the point of viability are extremely rare.

September 22, 2022

Happy 15th birthday, Fact Checker!

Some 4,000 fact checks later, the Fact Checker has its 15th birthday on Sept. 19, 2022 — though that statement might merit a Pinocchio.

September 19, 2022

Biden’s flimsy claim he has the ‘strongest’ manufacturing jobs record

The president inherited an economy on the upswing — and he's using a strange metric to make his case.

September 13, 2022

The Lincoln Project falsely claims Trump has pocketed ‘every dollar’ he raised

The anti-Trump group aired an ad that Trump is ripping off his supporters to fund his lifestyle and businesses. But it does not provide evidence to back up the claim.

September 10, 2022

Hillary Clinton’s claim that ‘zero emails’ were marked classified

The former secretary of state drew a distinction with Donald Trump over whether her emails were marked classified — and recent investigations conducted under Trump have bolstered her case.

September 8, 2022

These Republicans cheered abortion policy going to states. They are also sponsoring a federal ban.

Twenty-two lawmakers did not respond to request to explain the apparent contradiction.

September 7, 2022

Biden’s bungled talking point on the muzzle velocity of AR-15s

The president said that a round from an AR-15 travels five times as fast as one from a handgun. That's wrong.

September 2, 2022