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.

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Email: ksanders@tampabay.com

Twitter: @KatieLSanders

Blog: Deal Divas

Website: PunditFact

  1. Michelle Obama rallies for Charlie Crist in Orlando, but no sign of president

    State Roundup

    ORLANDO — President Barack Obama is increasingly unpopular among Floridians, but that did not stop Charlie Crist from happily campaigning alongside first lady Michelle Obama on Friday to boost his bid to unseat Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

    "There's a reason why Charlie is known as the people's governor here in Florida," Mrs. Obama told the predominantly black and Hispanic crowd of about 700 people inside a park gymnasium. "It's because Charlie gets it."...

    Michelle Obama and Charlie Crist greet some of the 700 people who gathered at the Barnett Park Gymnasium in Orlando. Crist spoke for less than three minutes before the first lady took the stage.
  2. Michelle Obama rallies voters for Charlie Crist in Orlando


    ORLANDO -- Charlie Crist got a boost from the White House's more popular resident Friday, with first lady Michelle Obama swinging through Orlando to rally voters and help the one-time governor in his bid to unseat Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

    "There's a reason why Charlie is known as the people's governor here in Florida," Obama told the predominantly black and Hispanic crowd assembled inside a city park gymnasium. "It's because Charlie gets it."...

    Charlie Crist greets first lady Michelle Obama at a rally in the Barnett Park gymnasium in Orlando.
  3. Is this Tampa's chillest store?


    Ever heard of Urban Body Clothing in Tampa?

    Us either, but that's not very surprising. It's a store that caters to men, and shopping with men or for men isn't interesting, right?

    Stereotype, be gone!

    This store, recently spotlighted by Times correspondent Natalia Galbetti, keeps things simple for style-inclined men with a few, carefully chosen racks of clothing (since men don't like sifting through racks, apparently. Who knew? Wait, everyone.). Murses, statement socks, crisp plaid button-downs, special washed jeans -- they got 'em....

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  5. Important information for Mindy Kaling's fashion disciples


    Hey, what's one more obsessive post about Mindy Kaling's fashion among friends?

    We've already told you how to get Mindy's pattern-mixing style without spending a buck. This post has two tips for worshippers with bucks to spend.

    First, follow this blog right now: The Mindy Project Style....

    Dress up a basic tee with some bling.
  6. Fact-checking the fallout from Bill Maher's Muslim monologue


    The comments about Islam from comedian, social critic, atheist and cable talk show host Bill Maher continue to stir reactions across the TV dial and across the political spectrum.

    In a Sept. 26 monologue on his HBO show, Maher said that when Muslim nations suppress political rights and deny freedoms to women, homosexuals and minorities, they are fair game for harsh criticism.

    He singled out liberals for their unwillingness to criticize aspects of Muslim culture....

    MAHER: “Saudi women can’t vote, or drive, or hold a job, or leave (home) without a man.”
  7. My Outfit Monday: That time my look cost $10


    Let me tell you about my experience at the Dress for Success Tampa Bay excess inventory sale. Yes, that's the sale that benefits a nonprofit that gives suits to disadvantaged women, a sale we may have mentioned once, twice or a million times over recent years....

    My Dress for Success outfit betwixt a romantic satellite dish and bushes.
  8. PunditFact: A focus on the children


    Last week pundits put a spotlight on children. They talked about everything from hungry kids in America to child brides and female genital mutilation around the globe. These are tough issues, but they can be quantified, and where there's hard data, PunditFact can separate the wheat from the chaff.

    Child hunger in the United States

    On child hunger, the New York Post ran an op-ed that accused the group Feeding America of lying in its public service announcements. Feeding America is a large nonprofit that raises money and secures food donations for about 200 food banks nationwide. According to the op-ed writer, William Benson Huber, Feeding America was telling the public that "one in five kids is fighting starvation daily." The ads, writes Huber, "inform us of a horror we'd otherwise think impossible: America has so failed its children that 17 million — one in five — don't have enough to eat. Except that, enjoyable as all this self-loathing might seem, it's simply a fairy tale."...

    U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson and Secretary General Ban Ki Moon attend the HeForShe campaign launch last month where Watson made a claim PunditFact rated Half True.
  9. Can you handle The Limited's 'Scandal' collection?


    Like many a Mad Men line at Banana Republic before it, I couldn't wait to see The Limited's Scandal-inspired collection since it was announced in early summer

    Good news: It's finally here.

    The line includes somewhat predictable but nonetheless glamorous Olivia Pope capes, coats and pants, plus some awesome tailored dresses and classy tie-neck blouses that don't scream "I'M FROM THE SCANDAL LINE AT THE LIMITED." Like this plaid cape....

    This plaid cape might be the Pope-iest cape that ever caped. ($228)
  10. 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. ...

    In truth, we didn't really go to the runway show because Robbyn had to go an upstage each one of us with her awesome tough ballerina outfit. JK, we went, but we held our heads in just a smidgen of shame. Work.
  11. 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....

    Rebekah Lazaridis of Eugenia Woods showcased her awesome stash of leather and hand-painted handbags, key chains and pouches. My favorite piece from her sample sale was a two-sided clutch with "PURR" on one side and "HISS" on the other.
  12. 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....

    Altuzarra says feel free to mix your prints right on through fall, like so.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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."...