Louis Jacobson

PolitiFact Senior Fact-Checker

Louis Jacobson has been with PolitiFact since 2009, currently as senior correspondent. Previously, he served as deputy editor of Roll Call and as founding editor of its legislative wire service, CongressNow. Earlier, he spent more than a decade covering politics, policy, Congress and lobbying for National Journal magazine. He is senior author of the 2016, 2018 and 2020 editions of The Almanac of American Politics and also contributed to the 2000 and 2004 editions. Since 2004, Jacobson has been writing a column on politics in the states, which has run in Roll Call, Stateline.org, and Governing. He now divides the column between the Cook Political Report, Sabato's Crystal Ball, and U.S. News and World Report. Earlier in his career, he wrote on science for the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and Science magazine. He received the Weidenbaum Center Award for Evidence-Based Journalism from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014, and in 2017, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers gave him a Best in Business award for his economics coverage. Jacobson has been serving as an innovator-in-residence at West Virginia University's Reed College of Media since August 2018, teaching WVU students how to produce PolitiFact West Virginia. In 2020, he is serving as a visiting scholar at St. Bonaventure University's Jandoli School of Communication, teaching students how to contribute to PolitiFact New York.