Katie Sanders, PunditFact Staff Writer

Katie Sanders

Katie Sanders is a staff writer for PunditFact , a website founded by the Tampa Bay Times and Poynter Institute to fact-check talking heads. She previously reported on state politics and government for PolitiFact Florida from the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee bureau and on breaking news for the Times in St. Petersburg. She earned bachelor's degrees in journalism and English from the University of Florida.

Phone: (727) 893-8037; cell: (850) 673-1511

Email: ksanders@tampabay.com

Twitter: @KatieLSanders

Blog: Deal Divas

Website: PunditFact

  1. Our Outfit Monday: The Deal Divas go to Tampa Bay Fashion Week


    Here's just one reason we love Tampa Bay Fashion Week: We get fancy.

    It's not every Wednesday we get to leave our basic work wardrobes behind and exit the newsroom in heels, black leather and fancy outfits we haven't worn in years.

    We had a great time at this year's runway show (here's our recap from the front row) and hope you enjoyed our Instagrams and tweets. ...

    Here's proof of our seats and happiness.
  2. Tampa Bay Fashion Week: Where beer and bling meet


    Local jewelry, hat and handbag designers greeted fashion-curious beer-lovers Thursday night from their pop-up shops on the grassy lawn of Green Bench Brewing Co.

    I arrived on the early side of the Baubles & Beer fashion party, part of Tampa Bay Fashion Week events, and chatted up several talented accessories designers from around the area. Featured were Kenzie Lee Vintage Bijoux, Eugenia Woods, French Pilot, Strands of Sunshine, Monstruosite by Dolly Donshey (remember her designer hat collection?), Arabella Jane, and Ella Bing....

    Mackenzie Hill, designer of Kenzie Lee Vintage Bijoux, arranges her reinvented vintage pieces atop lampshades at the Green Bench fashion party Sept. 18.
  3. The Altuzarra for Target collection is modern, fierce and available


    The problem with the Altuzarra for Target line that rolled out in stores this week is not that we want all of it, which we do.

    Bow blouses and snakeskin wrap dresses? Crane sweaters and floral floor-length gowns? We're there, duh....

  4. PunditFact fact-checks the Sept. 14 news shows


    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is facing plenty of questions about his handling of a domestic violence investigation into NFL running back Ray Rice, who was suspended indefinitely last week after video showed him hitting his now-wife in an Atlantic City, N.J., casino elevator.

    Reports suggest the NFL did little to acquire the video, which was first published by gossip website TMZ.com, or that the NFL had the video in its possession all along....

    Janay and Ray Rice speak to the media together in May at the Baltimore Ravens' headquarters.
  5. PolitiFact: Fact-checking the latest claims about the Islamic State


    The violent terrorist group that calls itself the Islamic State is eliciting fear from all corners of the world after its brutal advances through Iraq this summer, including the slaughter of religious minorities and soldiers and the video-recorded beheadings of two American journalists.

    How the United States should respond has been a ripe topic for pundits and politicians, with many dogging President Barack Obama for saying "we don't have a strategy yet" to deal with the threat also known as ISIS....

    Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle down a main road in the northern city of Mosul, Iraq, after ISIS took over the country’s second largest city this summer.
  6. PunditFact fact-checks the Sunday Aug. 31 shows


    President Barack Obama's lack of a clear strategy to confront the Islamic State set off resounding frustration among Republicans Sunday.

    U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., lamented Obama's reluctance compared to tough talk from British Prime Minister David Cameron, who raised his country's terrorism threat level to "severe" and announced new plans to seize jihadists' passports.

    "What is President Obama waiting for?" King said on CBS' Face the Nation. "It was a year ago this all started. I remember being in the White House with (White House Chief of Staff) Denis McDonough talking about the importance of air attacks in Syria, and we had allies lined up and then the president pulled the rug out. And those allies are going to be very hard now to get back into a coalition."...

  7. Labor Day sales in Tampa Bay this weekend


    If you have money to burn -- in which case, hi, have we met? I would like to show you the styles that work for me. -- then it's a good weekend to hit the mall.

    Get on these Labor Day sales! 

    Gap is offering 40 percent off of everything. No exceptions! 

    Loft has 50 percent off of new fall and summer sale merchandise. ...

  8. My Outfit Monday: Want Mindy Kaling's style? Shop your closet.


    Mindy Kaling is not nominated for an Emmy tonight for her work as Dr. Mindy Lahiri, the love-hungry gynecologist of The Mindy Project. And that makes us sad.

    She deserves a nod for her killer lead actress wardrobe at least. On her show, a dress isn't just a dress -- it's a multi-dimensional royal blue number over a star-specked button-down that lives on the border of ridiculously confident librarian and fashion magazine czar (pictured in slideshow)....

    There she goes, there she goes again.
  9. PunditFact: Fact-checking the Aug. 24 news shows


    Republicans say President Barack Obama's decision to pull U.S. armed forces out of Iraq created an incubator that allowed the Islamic State to thrive.

    But according to ABC's Martha Raddatz, Obama himself wanted to keep troops stationed in the Middle Eastern powder keg.

    The Obama administration originally "wanted 10,000 troops to remain in Iraq," Raddatz said Sunday on ABC's This Week. "Not combat troops, but military advisers (and) special operations forces, to watch the counterterrorism effort."...

    News analyst Juan Williams said on Fox News Sunday that the "No. 1 cause of death, (among) young black men 15 to 34 — murder. Who's committing the murder? Not police. Other black men."
  10. PunditFact: When the U.S. goes to war, TV networks call the warheads


    When President Barack Obama decided to drop bombs in Iraq this month, television news turned to a group of familiar faces to decipher the plan for viewers.

    CNN told its audience that retired Air Force Lt. Col. Rick Francona's experience advising Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf during the Persian Gulf War shows "he knows what he's talking about." Fox News turned to retired four-star Army Gen. Jack Keane. "Very well versed on all of these challenges."...

  11. PunditFact: Checking Ferguson shooting comments from the Sunday news shows


    The killing of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb is raising questions about the makeup of the police department and its response to the Aug. 9 shooting.

    In some cases, answers are hard to come by.

    On Sunday, actor and civil rights activist Jesse Williams appeared on CNN's State of the Union to discuss the shooting. Williams, right, best known for his role as a doctor on Grey's Anatomy, emphasized that journalists should not sensationalize findings that don't answer questions about why 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by police — like a security video Ferguson authorities released of Brown allegedly robbing a convenience store minutes before he was killed....

    Ferguson, Mo., police Chief Thomas Jackson is shown Saturday leaving the parking lot of a gas station, which was burned during protests, after he announced the name of the police officer responsible for the Aug. 9 shooting death of teenager Michael Brown. The officer was identified as Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the police force. Brown’s killing sparked several days of violent protests in the city.
  12. Your friendly Friday afternoon link party


    Yes, it's raining tons, and that's a downer. But we know you still can't wait to bust out of the workplace and jumpstart this whole weekend thing.

    Kick off whatever you have planned with our occasional, high-brow blog post series we have professionally deemed LINK PARTY!!!

    * Victoria Beckham, more relevantly known to us as Posh Spice, is selling her clothes from her years as a Spice Girl. And guess what? A portion of the proceeds will go to mothers2mothers, a group that helps mothers infected with HIV get jobs. The private sale is from Aug. 20-25. More details about how you can register for that authentic Halloween ensemble from mtv.com here. (h/t @craigtimes)...

    Posh Spice is selling her Spice Girls wardrobe. Expect even more fivesomes dressed up as our favorite all-girl British group come Halloween (with one who looks really, really authentic).
  13. PunditFact: Two claims that are definitely not true about Ebola outbreak


    As the Ebola outbreak grows in Africa, misinformation about the epidemic is spreading about the crisis here in America.

    The culprit: the Internet.

    Several conspiracy websites have raised questions lately about a "bioweapons lab" in Sierra Leone being the source of the virus. Questions like, "What's behind the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone? Could it possibly be a U.S. bioweapons project gone amuck?"...

    President Barack Obama speaks at the League of Conservation Voters Capitol Dinner at the Ronald Reagan Building on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) DCJM304
  14. PunditFact: Townhall editor wrongly claims U.S. agency can shut down a business for any reason


    The statement

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau "passed a rule giving the agency unprecedented power to shut down businesses, no matter what the reason, at any time it wishes."

    Conservative journalist Katie Pavlich Weinstein, on Townhall.com

    The ruling

    Don't feel too bad if you've never heard of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It's the new kid in Washington, as far as government agencies go, created by the passage of the 2010 massive financial regulation overhaul known as Dodd-Frank....

  15. Snip, snip! Look, a new outfit


    I admire people who take scissors to their clothes and turn them into something more fabulous. Brave, creative people like Kameel.

    (Look, there's no rule that says your outfit cannot be featured twice in one week.)

    Like my fear of drastic hairstyles, I worry about cutting into fabric of, say, an old bridesmaid's dress or a pair of jeans with ragged hems even though something better could emerge. Yes, even though whatever happens will not be the worst thing in the world....

    This shirt was a dress before Kameel showed it the way it needed to be all along.