Friday, August 17, 2018


Katie Sanders, PolitiFact deputy editor

Katie Sanders, PolitiFact deputy editor

Katie Sanders is the deputy editor of PolitiFact. Previously, she fact-checked talking heads and opinion-shapers for PunditFact as well as the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott for PolitiFact Florida, reporting from the Tallahassee bureau of the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald. She is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she majored in English and journalism. She works from the PolitiFact offices at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Employees monitor the grapefruit packing process at the Premier Citrus Packers facility in Vero Beach, Florida on Oct. 15, 2015. Grapefruit from this facility is shipped out to Japan, where the fruit was once extremely popular with the Japanese.  (EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times)

As Florida's grapefruit supply dwindles, Japanese customers lose interest

TOKYO — In the glory days, not all that long ago, Florida grapefruit farmers built their lives around Japan.And the Japanese stayed true, enjoying grapefruit for breakfast, for dessert, swirled in cocktails, individually wrapped as gifts,...
Updated: 5 months ago
Shigaru Matsumoto, 65, has lived in Naraha his whole life. His bar of choice is Ippei, one of the only places around for residents and decontamination workers alike to enjoy an alcoholic beverage. Most of the people who have returned to Naraha are over 60, he said, with younger people restarting their lives in Iwaki, a bigger city less than an hour south.

Seven years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japanese town rebounds from zero

NARAHA, Japan One hour from the evacuation zone, at a rest stop in the mountains, it hits you. A blue sign on the wall, with birds that look like flying oranges and a message for travelers."Cheer up, Fukushima."Back on the Joban...
Updated: 5 months ago
Relaxing hot spring pools of Shikisai Ichiriki. Japanese tradition says hot spring baths can release minerals to (naked) bathers, enhancing natural beauty, reducing inflammation and improving the skin. (Katie Sanders | Times)

Finding peace, naked and alone in a traditional Japanese bath

KORIYAMA, JapanA wild boar scurries in front of our tiny Toyota Vitz on the dark road. We avoid a clash but proceed up the mountain with caution, tires slipping on the ice.Shikisai Ichiriki is a large hotel near Koriyama City, about 50...
Updated: 5 months ago