Meet our board
Angie Drobnic Holan is the editor of PolitiFact. A a reporter, she was a member of the PolitiFact team that won the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 2008 election. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and a master’s of library science from the University of South Florida.
Bharat Gupta is the Chief Executive Officer of Jagran New Media, the digital wing of India’s largest print and radio publisher group, Jagran Prakashan Ltd. With 20 years of rich experience to his credit, Bharat has played a crucial role in managing and turning around several media businesses across print, radio, ground activation & digital. With over 100 million users, JNM is amongst the Top Internet Media Groups in India.
Clara Jiménez CruzMember
Cofounder of Maldita.es, a Spanish journalistic project that hosts a verification operation named Maldito Bulo (Damn Hoax). She was part of the High Level Group on disinformation appointed by the European Commission. Former team member of the TV show El Objetivo de Ana Pastor. She collaborates with laSexta, Onda Cero radio and various Spanish universities.
Dapo Olorunyomi is currently the publisher of Nigeria’s leading investigative news platform, Premium Times, promoters of Dubawa a fact checking platform that operates in Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone. Previous to this, he served as pioneer policy director and chief of staff at Nigeria’s leading anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. He is on the advisory board of Africa Check and the International Consortium for Investigative Journalism, ICIJ. He is a co-recipient of the 2020 International Press Freedom Award.
Ellen T.Tordesillas is a trustee and writer of VERA Files, a group that undertakes in-depth reporting on current issues. She writes a column for is a newspaper Malaya Business Insight and ABS-CBN.com As a reporter, she has covered various beats including the Presidency. In 1999, she won the Jaime V. Ongpin award for Best Investigative Reporting for the story she co-wrote with Shiela Coronel, ” PEA-AMARI – grandmother of all scams”. She was also awarded the Marshall McLuhan fellowship. In 2001, she co-wrote with Australian journalist Greg Hutchinson the book, “Hot Money, Warm Bodies – the downfall of President Joseph Estrada.” The Hamburg Foundation has awarded her a fellowship starting October 2020.
Glenn Kessler has been editor and chief writer of The Fact Checker since 2011. In a journalism career spanning more than three decades, Kessler has covered foreign policy, economic policy, the White House, Congress, politics, airline safety and Wall Street. He was The Washington Post’s chief State Department reporter for nine years; before that, he covered tax and budget policy for The Post and also served as the newspaper’s national business editor. He joined The Post in 1998 from Newsday, where he was part of two reporting teams that won Pulitzer Prizes in spot reporting.
Television & print financial journalist for over 25 years now focussed on fact checking and fake news busting, the first in India. Also founded India’s first data journalism initiative, the award-winning IndiaSpend, also a member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN). A Fellow of the Aspen Institute, Colorado.
Executive and Editor-in-chief at Chequeado, the first initiative of fact-checking and verification of public discourse in Latin America. She is Professor of Right to Information at the University of Buenos Aires and writes in the daily La Nacion, where she has covered and conducted research on cases related to corruption, civil rights and justice for almost two decades. Laura has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Science at University of Buenos Aires and she’s also a lawyer and access to information and transparency activist. For her work as a journalist she received more than half a dozen awards: among them, in 2015, the Gabriel García Márquez Award from Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericana (FNPI) in the Innovation category for Chequeado and the expansion of fact checking in the region.
Mevan is the Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO, at the UK’s leading fact-checking charity, Full Fact. Previously, Mevan was the founding head of Full Fact’s automated fact-checking team, which won the Google AI Impact Challenge in 2019. Last year she helped launch the first Truth and Trust Conference and in 2016 she co-authored The State of Automated Fact-Checking. She regularly speaks in the UK and internationally about misinformation, fact-checking, and civic technology. Mevan has been a digital adviser to the Big Lottery Foundation, is a board member of the civic engagement non-profit Democracy Club, and is a founder of Citizen Beta, a community of 600+ civic technologists in the UK. Recently she founded Level Up, a mentoring scheme that connects young people in Iraq, Iran, and Syria with tech professionals in the UK.
Noko has had an extensive career in the media sector as a journalist and manager. With a work experience of 20 years, Noko has a deep understanding of the competitive business environment specifically the online/digital media field coupled with expertise in news gathering and media management. In various senior roles in his career, he has led several creative teams successfully for a number of media organisations including BDFM (Tiso Blackstar). In his current role as Deputy Director of Africa Check, the continent’s first fact-checking organisation, he is responsible for operations of the organisation across four markets South Africa, Senegal, Kenya and Nigeria.
Tijana has been the co-creator, editor and author on the two only fact-checking platforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Istinomjer, set up at 2010, which tracks and rates the statements of public officials and implementation of pre-election promises of political parties in BiH; and Raskrinkavanje, set up in 2017, which is a media fact-checking project. Since 2018, she is also the lead editor of ‘FemFacts’, an international fact-checking project of News Mavens, which analyses reports on women and women-related issues in European media. Aside from her fact checking work, she has authored and co-authored several research studies and policy papers in areas such as political accountability, media/discourse analysis, media freedoms, EU integrations of BiH and government openness.
EunRyung ChongIndependent Member
EunRyung Chong PhD, is the inaugural director of the SNU FactCheck Center, the first and largest web platform for professional fact-checkers in South Korea. Her research lies at the intersection of fact-checking, preventing disinformation, and journalism education.
A scholar-practitioner, she has published on the state of fact-checking and media credibility in South Korea. Chong worked for 19 years as reporter and editor at Dong-A Daily, a leading newspaper. She is a commissioner of the Press Arbitration Commission in Korea.
Neil BrownIndependent & Ex-Officio Member
Neil Brown is the president of The Poynter Institute. He joined Poynter in September 2017, after serving as the editor and vice president of the Tampa Bay Times.
He was named editor of the Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times) in May 2010, and in that capacity oversaw the journalism published in the Times, on its website tampabay.com, and in related products including a daily tabloid called tbt*.
During Brown’s tenure leading the Times news staff, the paper won more national and state awards than at any time in its history, including six Pulitzer Prizes in the last eight years. He also launched PolitiFact.com, the fact-checking website that has been replicated nationally and inspired similar efforts worldwide.
Bill AdairIndependent Member
Bill Adair is the Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University, the creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning website PolitiFact, and the co-founder of the International Fact Checking Network. At Duke, he heads the journalism program as the Director of the DeWitt Wallace Center and conducts research on automated fact-checking in the Reporters’ Lab.
He worked for 24 years as a reporter and editor for the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times) and served as the paper’s Washington Bureau Chief from 2004 to 2013. He launched PolitiFact in 2007 and built it into the largest fact-checking effort in history, with affiliates in the United States and Australia. His articles have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Nieman Journalism Lab and Poynter.
His awards include the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting (with the PolitiFact staff), the Manship Prize for New Media in Democratic Discourse and the Everett Dirksen Award for Distinguished Coverage of Congress.
Peter Cunliffe-JonesIndependent Member
Peter Cunliffe-Jones was a journalist for more than 25 years from 1990, most of it for the AFP news agency. He reported from around Europe, covered the wars in Bosnia and Croatia and the end of military rule in Nigeria, and was chief editor for Asia-Pacific 2003-2006. In 2012 he founded Africa's leading independent fact-checking organisation, Africa Check, in partnership with colleagues at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
As an adviser to the IFCN, he led the 2019/2020 review of its Code of Principles. He is now a senior visiting research fellow at the University of Westminster in London and co-director of a new programme on media freedom and trust. He is a lifelong supporter of Liverpool football club. His book My Nigeria – Five decades of independence was called “a triumph” by Chinua Achebe.