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

Biden claims yet another arrest for which there’s little evidence

In Atlanta, the president referenced "the first time I got arrested.” But his story does not add up.

January 13, 2022

Manchin’s incorrect claim of a 232-year filibuster ‘tradition’

The history of unlimited debate is more nuanced than the West Virginia Democrat suggests.

January 12, 2022

The Senate battle over whether election laws signify a new ‘Jim Crow’

We’ve combed through the lawsuits and countersuits to identify the key provisions that are under dispute in four states — and why.

January 11, 2022

Sotomayor’s false claim that ‘over 100,000’ children are in 'serious condition’ with covid

During oral argument over President Biden's workplace rule, Justice Sonia Sotomayor offered a number that is at least 20 times too high.

January 8, 2022

The Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol: A guide to what we now know

One year later, despite the post-attack spin, here's what is clear.

January 6, 2022

The most popular fact checks of 2021

Fact checks concerning the coronavirus and former president Donald Trump dominated the list.

December 20, 2021

The biggest Pinocchios of 2021

Our annual roundup of the most outlandish claims of 2021.

December 17, 2021

No, Trump did not order 10,000 troops to secure the Capitol on Jan. 6

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Fox personalities keep falsely saying that Trump requested 10,000 troops to protect the Capitol.

December 15, 2021

Manchin’s ‘historic context’ for spending is using the wrong metric

The West Virginia senator is using inflation-adjusted dollars to compare Biden's agenda but the more appropriate measure is percentage of GDP.

December 9, 2021

Baldwin says he never pulled the trigger. Experts are skeptical.

Gun experts have said Baldwin's explanation is "not plausible" and "improbable."

December 8, 2021