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 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.
Can You Handle The Truth?: Fact-Checking Claims About Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Plans On Homelessness And His Legal Authority
June 24, 2021
A TV ad supporting Gov. Gavin Newsom in the recall election claims the governor is “getting 65,000 homeless Californians into housing.” PolitiFact California found that’s a long-term goal, not something Newsom has accomplished.
June 18, 2021
Altogether, about 30 people showed up to city and county cooling facilities on the first two days of the heat wave. Advocates say more must be done to advertise the facilities and provide transportation.
June 17, 2021
Tens of thousands of homeless Californians are moving on from state-funded Project Roomkey motels where they took shelter during the worst of the pandemic. But as of June, only about 30% had been placed in permanent or temporary housing.
June 15, 2021
From Sacramento and San Joaquin to Placer and Yolo counties, workers, customers and business owners celebrated the state’s easing of COVID guidelines — but not everyone was ready to take off their masks.