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.
October 19, 2022
The Sacramento City Council unanimously approved banning homeless encampments within 500 feet of schools. The city had already banned camps near colleges and other sites deemed critical infrastructure.
October 19, 2022
Families including some with young children are expected to live at the former Staybridge Suites hotel now called Vista Nueva.
October 17, 2022
In the first contest, Padilla is seeking to complete former Senator Kamala Harris’ term which ends in January 2023. In the second, he is seeking his own full six-year U.S. Senate term.
October 14, 2022
Californians who are 18 or older and a U.S. citizen can register to vote through election day Nov. 8. No matter your address, you can register at your county elections office or any Vote Center using a valid ID.
October 13, 2022
Mayor Darrell Steinberg says a future partnership agreement with the county could help Sacramento stabilize its homelessness budget.
Black residents in Sacramento are most concerned about region’s high cost of housing, new poll finds
October 5, 2022
Policy experts say the Black community has faced a housing crisis for generations. They say targeted investments in affordable housing and preventing NIMBYism are two ways to ease the crisis.
September 29, 2022
Outreach teams will refer people experiencing homelessness to the center to connect them with housing services. Guests will stay for only three or four days, not weeks or months, city officials said.
September 23, 2022
The Wong Center Senior Apartments will offer 150 units of affordable senior housing. It will be the first fully-affordable housing project in the Railyards development north of downtown Sacramento.
September 20, 2022
While the county’s overall homeless population increased, the number of unsheltered homeless people dropped nearly 5%. That category refers to anyone living on the street, in a tent, vehicle or abandoned building.
September 14, 2022
Supporters say the plan could help fix California’s broken mental health system, while opponents say compelling treatment violates civil rights and will put too much of a burden on counties.