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PolitiFact California Partnership Launches

Helping You Discover the Truth in California Politics

Constance Crawford

Sacramento, Calif. - November 2, 2015: Beginning Tuesday, November 3, the first fact-checks from PolitiFact California will begin airing on Capital Public Radio's News and Information stations and appearing online at politifactcalifornia.com. This is a first-of-its kind partnership between a public radio station and the Pulitzer Prize winning PolitiFact.

PolitiFact California reporter Chris Nichols and our editors fact-check statements from the Governor, the legislature, candidates, advocacy groups and more, rating claims for accuracy on our Truth-O-Meter. Every fact-check includes analysis of the claim, an explanation of our reasoning and a list of links to all our sources. The six-step PolitiFact California fact-check process is illustrated here.

"We're taking our already substantial commitment to cover state government to an exciting new level with PolitiFact California" says Capital Public Radio's Chief Content Officer Joe Barr. "PolitiFact will be an essential part of our coverage during the 2016 elections and beyond."

"We're excited to launch PolitiFact California with the top-notch journalists of Capital Public Radio. Their fact-checking of California politics will inform voters and bring our unique brand of accountability journalism to the state's airwaves," says national PolitiFact Editor Angie Holan.

PolitiFact California radio reports will be distributed to more than 30 radio stations in California, Nevada and Oregon reaching 3.2 million listeners each week on the Capital Public Radio Network (CPRN). Reports will air during Morning Edition, Insight with Beth Ruyak and All Things Considered on CapRadio's News and Information stations in Sacramento, and across Northern California and western Nevada and they can always be found at politifactcalifornia.com.

For the past dozen years, Chris has worked as a government and politics reporter at newspapers across CA. Most recently, he covered the Capitol for the San Diego Union-Tribune.

PolitiFact California's journalism will be featured nationally on 

PolitiFact.com, joining seven other PolitiFact state-based fact-checking websites.Those state sites include partnerships with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Austin American-Statesman, the Concord Monitor, the Miami Herald, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Providence Journal.

About PolitiFact

PolitiFact was launched in 2007 to fact-check the presidential campaign. In 2009, the website created the Obameter to track President Obama's 500-plus campaign promises. In 2013, it launched PunditFact, to fact-check pundits and talk show hosts. It is now the nation's largest political fact-checking effort. The website has received numerous awards, including the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. The site is a product of the Tampa Bay Times, Florida's largest newspaper, with an average circulation of 350,216 Sunday and 281,267 daily

To view this and other releases online visit capradio.org/press.