As President Donald Trump heads to Capitol Hill to deliver the State of the Union, the USA TODAY Network will have a team of journalists standing by to fact check his comments in real time.
We invite you to follow along on Twitter, @usatodayDC.
The instant fact checks you’ll see there will be the work of reporters and editors from USA TODAY and the USA TODAY Network who have long covered the topics he is expected to address, including those who worked on The Wall, the Pulitzer Prize-winning project that examines the 2,000-mile border with an interactive map and tells the stories of those who live, work and play along the boundary.
The Wall – An in-depth examination of Donald Trump’s border wall
The fact checkers:
Bart Jansen, a Washington correspondent at USA TODAY, covers issues such as immigration and law enforcement at the departments of Justice and Homeland Security. He previously covered aviation for seven years, focusing primarily on the FAA, TSA, NTSB and Congress. He’s recently been reporting on border issues and the Mueller investigation.
Deirdre Shesgreen, the foreign affairs reporter at USA TODAY, writes stories that explain U.S. diplomatic and geopolitical decisions. She’s a three-time winner of the David Lynch Memorial Reporting Award, which recognizes work that brings national issues to life for readers outside the Beltway.
Paul Davidson, a Money reporter at USA TODAY, covers the Federal Reserve and a wide range of economic issues, including the labor market, gross domestic product, inflation and the manufacturing and housing industries.
Alan Gomez, the immigration reporter at USA TODAY who writes about people and policy. Previously based in Washington, he is now in Miami. He’s also written about Congress, politics, hurricanes, the Tea Party, Iraq, Afghanistan, Gitmo, cops and courts.
Dennis Wagner, an investigative reporter for The Arizona Republic, took an end-to-end aerial journey of the U.S-Mexico border in 2017 to visually inspect and map every foot of the 2,000-mile line – perhaps the only reporter ever to have done so. His chronicle of the trip was the centerpiece of the Pulitzer Prize-winning project “The Wall.”
Daniel Gonzalez, a longtime immigration reporter for The Arizona Republic, has traveled with migrant caravans and explored the pipeline of unaccompanied children emigrating from Central America. For “The Wall,” he interviewed a human smuggler face-to-face. Last year, amid the outcry over family separations at the border, he became one of the first reporters in the world to interview a person in the worst-case scenario: A mother who had been deported while the U.S. government kept her child.
Donovan Slack, a Washington correspondent at USA TODAY, covers the Department of Veterans Affairs. Her award-winning work has exposed VA staff falsifying veteran wait times for appointments, lethal failures in care at VA hospitals, a VA watchdog hiding reports on substandard care, and agency leaders keeping secret quality data on VA hospitals and nursing homes for years, depriving veterans of potentially crucial health care information.
Michael Squires, an editor at The Arizona Republic, previously led the staff’s coverage of border security and the border-wall prototyping process. He was a lead content editor for the project “The Wall” and is a previous Pulitzer Finalist.
Josh Susong, senior news director, The Arizona Republic, directs investigative reporting and long-form writing. For years, he helped lead front-page coverage at The Republic, and has edited reports on major news events including the Gabrielle Giffords shooting and the Yarnell Hill Fire, both of which were Pulitzer finalists, and was the lead content editor on The Wall.
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