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.
August 11, 2022
County supervisors claim the ban was needed because homeless encampments are a danger to the people residing in them and the greater community. It’s unclear if they’ll be able to enforce it.
North Sacramento residents push back on affordable housing, say city ‘dumping’ homelessness solutions in neighborhood
August 8, 2022
City leaders and experts say many plans for affordable housing never get off the ground in Sacramento, or are delayed or downsized. That’s in part due to pushback from organized neighborhood groups, sometimes referred to as NIMBYs.
August 2, 2022
An unhoused man was walking toward police with a blanket covering his hands when an officer shot him.
After two year hiatus, fairgoers brave the heat, celebrate family traditions at California State Fair
July 22, 2022
Families, some with young children who have never experienced the fair, braved triple-digit temperatures while enjoying the food, games, livestock exhibits and other attractions.
July 7, 2022
Voters in November will decide whether to outlaw homeless encampments on public property once people have been offered an available emergency shelter space.
June 28, 2022
The results from the 2022 Homeless Point-In-Time Count represent the county’s highest homeless population estimate on record.
June 24, 2022
The governor also said California will spend tens of millions of dollars to ensure healthcare clinics can support people seeking abortion from out of state.
June 21, 2022
A federal court ruling prevents agencies from clearing encampments on public property unless they can offer shelter as an alternative. But there are exceptions.
June 21, 2022
People in the Sacramento region will be facing a heat wave this week with temperatures as high as 104 degrees during the day and overnight lows of 70 degrees. Cities and counties throughout the region are opening cooling centers.
June 13, 2022
The 44-unit community, near Florin Road just west of Highway 99, would be the county’s second so-called Safe Stay Community, a model that aims to transition people from nearby encampments to more permanent housing.