Aaron Sharockman is the executive director of PolitiFact, the largest fact-checking organization in the United States. Aaron leads the growth and development of PolitiFact, manages its outreach and news partnerships, and oversees new initiatives and product development. Aaron has been with PolitiFact since 2010 and served most recently as the editor of PunditFact, a website dedicated to checking claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers and the hosts and guests of talk shows. Aaron was a 2016-17 Reynolds Fellow at the University of Missouri and taught a class on political fact-checking at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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Recent stories from Aaron Sharockman

Did Donald Trump’s predecessors congratulate Vladimir Putin’s election win?

President Donald Trump has taken heat for congratulating Vladimir Putin following his successful bid in Russia’s presidential election, which critics have derided as a sham contest.

Understanding Poland's ‘Holocaust law’

A controversial new Polish law that criminalizes the attribution of blame for Nazi crimes to Poland is, inspiring criticism from historians, Israel and the U.S. State Department alike. Could it be used as a form of Holocaust denial? PolitiFact decided to take a closer look.

Were medics denied access to treat students inside Stoneman Douglas High School?

A story circulating around the Internet claims emergency medical workers were denied access to students during the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

18 school shootings already in '18? Not so fast

Misleading figure spreads in wake of Florida school shooting. 

PolitiFact gains nonprofit status with move to the Poynter Institute

The Poynter Institute, a nonprofit school for journalists based in St. Petersburg, Fla., has acquired direct ownership of PolitiFact.

Want to be a judge? Here are the answers to the questions Trump judicial nominee flunked

A viral video shows one of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees struggling with a series of legal questions lobbed his way during his Senate confirmation hearing.

We started fact-checking in partnership with Facebook a year ago today. Here's what we've learned

A year ago today, PolitiFact joined a coalition of fact-checkers who agreed to work with Facebook to try to slow the spread of misinformation in people’s news feeds. The update is we’re making progress, but at a rate that probably isn’t satisfying to anyone.

Support PolitiFact on #GivingTuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday — or as we like to call it around here, #GivingNewsDay — a day to celebrate and champion the causes that matter most.  

Lie of the Year 2017: Readers' Choice poll

PolitiFact will soon announce our Lie of the Year -- the most significant falsehood of 2017, as chosen by our editors and reporters. We're also inviting readers to vote for the Readers' Choice award.

Test yourself with our new free game: PolitiTruth

Think you can tell the difference between True and False? Do you really know what is fake news? Now you can test yourself, and see how you stack up against everyone else, with our new game PolitiTruth. PolitiTruth is a mobile app available for iPhone and Android that lets you see the statements we at PolitiFact fact-check and let you in on the action.