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.
November 23, 2021
The homeless services center has provided the holiday meal annually for nearly four decades.
Sacramento could obligate homeless residents to accept shelter under mayor’s ‘right-to-housing’ ordinance
November 15, 2021
The plan could help the city comply with federal court rulings that have prevented local governments from imposing anti-camping ordinances if there isn’t enough housing or shelter.
November 4, 2021
Misinformation continues to spread about whether children can get sick from COVID-19 (they can) and whether vaccines will harm them (health officials say the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective).
October 14, 2021
The overwhelming evidence shows COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for adults children 12 and up, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and prevention.
September 23, 2021
Breakthrough cases are rare but are fueling misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines, which are safe and effective at preventing the disease.
‘Winter Was The Deadliest Season’: Report Shows 137 Homeless Residents Died In Sacramento County In 2020
September 21, 2021
Advocates say Sacramento should open warming centers before winter this year and locate them close to homeless camps.
September 14, 2021
Voters across the Sacramento region shared their thoughts as they went to drop off ballots or cast their vote in the 2021 gubernatorial recall election.
September 14, 2021
Today is election day, and California voters will decide whether to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom. Here's how to vote (even if you still need to register) and track results when they come in (though we may not have the full picture tonight).
September 13, 2021
The first batch of results should be released shortly after the polls close at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, but that won’t tell the full story.
The Science Does Say Young People Should Receive The COVID-19 Vaccine, Contrary To Larry Elder’s False Claim
September 11, 2021
Numerous leading scientific organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend children, ages 12 and up, should receive the vaccine and wear masks at school to protect their health and slow the pandemic.