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

Ad targeting Manchin on prescription drugs uses misleading math

The 60 Plus Association claims the West Virginia Democrat wants to strip $300 billion from Medicare. A lot of that is Washington funny money.

June 17, 2022

Mass killings since 2015: Could proposed laws have made a difference?

An analysis finds that only about one-third of the 41 gun-related mass killings since 2015 might have been prevented by proposed gun restrictions being debated today. But some provisions might have minimized the bloodshed.

June 15, 2022

Lying to ATF on gun-purchase form yields few prosecutions, data shows

Few people are ever prosecuted for lying on a key form required for gun purchases, according to Justice Department records provided to The Fact Checker.

June 9, 2022

Biden’s startling statistic on school-age gun deaths

The president's math adds up — but is he comparing apples and oranges?

June 7, 2022

Biden’s fantastical claim of $500 in annual utility savings

In an opinion article, the president cited a figure that barely includes utility savings and is an estimate far in the future.

June 2, 2022

What research shows on the effectiveness of gun-control laws

Academics have investigated whether assault-weapons bans, large-capacity magazine restrictions, universal background checks and other curbs have worked.

May 27, 2022

Numbers behind Afghanistan evacuation come into focus

Which Afghans actually managed to get on the planes after the fall of Kabul? We have some answers.

May 25, 2022

Biden’s fishy statistics about the global cost of corruption

The president offered estimates on the cost of corruption, but he's relying on statistics that do not have much validity.

May 24, 2022

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