PolitiFact California Reporter
Since 2015, Chris Nichols has worked as CapRadio’s PolitiFact California reporter where he fact-checks politicians in the Golden State both on-air and online. His work includes debunking social media misinformation and explaining complex statewide topics from California’s affordable housing and homelessness crises to election issues.
Previously, Chris spent a dozen years writing about government and politics at newspapers across California, including covering the Capitol for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Before that, he worked as a news reporter at the North County Times in Escondido; the Lodi News-Sentinel and the Sonora Union-Democrat.
After obtaining his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, Chris left California to earn his master’s degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in 2004.
He is cautiously optimistic that his hometown San Diego Padres will someday be World Champions, but he’s not holding his breath.
No, California Program Designed To Help Voters With Disabilities Isn’t A ‘Security Concern’ As Recall Candidate Larry Elder Suggested
September 2, 2021
Elder promoted a claim without evidence that the program has sparked security concerns because it allows people to download a ballot. Election and disability rights experts rejected that claim.
Wildfires Have Displaced Thousands Of El Dorado County Voters. If You’re One of Them, Here’s How You Can Still Participate In The Recall Election.
August 31, 2021
Displaced El Dorado County voters can request a new mail ballot by email or phone. They can also pick one up at the county’s ‘pop up vote centers’ at evacuation centers.
August 29, 2021
Nicole Gee graduated from Oakmont High School in 2016. She was described as a “hometown hero,” by her former principal.
August 24, 2021
Sacramento County supervisors voted Tuesday to accept $5.3 million in state funds to extend Project Roomkey for three months. The program was set to end this month, but about 360 homeless residents remain at the motels.
August 16, 2021
There’s plenty of misinformation and confusion about how the California recall process works. CapRadio’s PolitiFact California debunks falsehoods and demystifies the process in our guide to misinformation about the recall election.
California Recall Candidate Kevin Faulconer Wants To Tackle Homelessness. What Did He Do As San Diego’s Mayor?
July 24, 2021
Faulconer says he did not allow tent encampments and achieved a “double digit” reduction in homelessness. Experts say his claims are overstated and incomplete.
Can You Handle The Truth?: False Information On COVID-19 Vaccines Spreads As Cases Rise Across United States
July 15, 2021
One popular Instagram post cherry-picked data from a scientific study to falsely claim COVID-19 vaccines lead to high rates of miscarriages. Early results have not found an increased risk of miscarriage tied to the vaccine.
July 13, 2021
In a nationwide survey published this week, 11% of small landlords reported the pandemic has forced them to take steps to sell one or more rental properties.
July 9, 2021
PolitiFact examined the court filings of 430 defendants arrested on charges tied to the riot. It found many individuals were driven by the lie that November’s election was stolen.
July 8, 2021
The centers will be open through the weekend when temperatures are expected to peak across the Sacramento region, ranging from 100 degrees up to 115 degrees.