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Katie Sanders, PolitiFact Deputy Editor

Katie Sanders

Katie Sanders is deputy editor of PolitiFact, the nonpartisan website founded by the Tampa Bay Times to fact-check politicians and public leaders. Read stories she edits and writes here.

Before moving into that role, she was a staff writer for PunditFact , a website created 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.

Before joining the Times, she interned at The St. Augustine Record and National Journal's CongressDaily in Washington, D.C.

She earned bachelor's degrees in journalism and English from the University of Florida. She lives in St. Petersburg with T.J., her husband, and Minnow, their dog.

Phone: (727) 893-8037


Twitter: @KatieLSanders

Blog: Deal Divas

Website: PolitiFact

  1. The designer behind Michelle Obama's blue dress at the DNC


    First lady Michelle Obama stunned at the Democratic National Convention's opening night in Philadelphia with a powerful address in support of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Obama said the United States has come far to be the greatest country in the world considering she wakes "up every morning in a house that was built by slaves." (That's True, by the way.)...

     First lady Michelle Obama walks on stage to deliver remarks on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The dress is American designer Christian Siriano.
  2. Old Navy's summer sandals are pretty cute


    I have reached the point of summer where my stand-by sandals are barely hanging on.

    Jewels are dangling from the toe strap. My dog chewed the heels of my favorite camel-colored flats. The cheaply sewn soles are, not surprisingly, splitting and flapping, as if to say move-on-dot-org.

    Maybe the solution is to invest in more expensive sandals with more miles in them. Maybe I should not go for trendier looks in bright colors but instead more evergreen neutrals....

    I've seen these double strapped sandals in the wild, and they are fantastic -- especially with the pop of coral. There are brown, black and gold options too. $14, people.
  3. Here's your guide to July 4 sales


    Here's your exclusive look at Fourth of July sales. We'll update this post as we gather more intel.

    Kate Spade New York: The sale is on sale. Take an extra 30 percent off items such as this cheery wine tote ($12), this really adorable kite-adorned iPhone 6 case ($22), or a legit smaller handbag in pretty summer pastels (down from $298 to $208).(On second thought, just get this ice cream cone phone case and make me really jealous.) The checkout code is SUNSHINE. ...

    An ice cream phone case would sure quell the summer heat.
  4. We need to revisit those hair-tie bracelets


    Man, what a day, a week, a year it's been in news, and not just for political journalists. But okay, I have to say, especially for political journalists. With the conventions and debates and ads coming to swarm our TVs these next few months, I'm already just feeling like


    How much are you willing to pay for a fashionable, functional wrist accessory?
  5. My Outfit Monday: The time I under-reacted, fashion-wise, to a tropical storm


    I'm a notorious over-preparer with storms, but really only as it pertains to what I'm wearing. If it's storming when I wake up, I go straight to my polka-dotted rainboots (from Walmart, for kidz) and a rain jacket made for adventuring. One hundred percent of the time this happens, it has stopped raining by the time I get to work, and it's clear everyone but me checked the all-day forecast.

    With Tropical Storm Colin bearing down on us with rain and high winds, I would have had a great excuse to do all of that....

    My daily jewelz.
  6. Here's what this high school teacher learned about life as an American in Hiroshima (w/video)


    HIROSHIMA, Japan — Reminders come, if she lets them, as Leslie Wier walks to school.

    The river by her apartment is lined by cherry blossom trees with November red leaves. There is a playground, a docked oyster restaurant, the slab of rock Leslie lies on to daydream.

    Leslie, 31, walks by a park of monuments and crosses a bridge, joining morning commuters along the city's widest street. Peace Memorial Park. Peace Bridge. Peace Boulevard. Bones of infrastructure named in a campaign to avoid repeating history....

    Leslie Wier looks out on the view at a shrine at Miyajima island in Hiroshima, Japan, this past November. The former University of South Florida student teaches English at a high school in the city. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]

  7. Ashley Graham debuts swimsuit line for sizes 10-24 (and it's on sale)


    And now for a word on bathing suit season that won't leave you all stabby.

    Model Ashley Graham, who's like really pretty, released a line of 11 hot bathing suits this week that come in sizes 10-24.

    You may recall Graham is an expert on the subject, having modeled for Sports Illustrated's bathing suit issue....

    Ashley Graham's swimsuit line is pretty fun. Dive in!
  8. Amazon shutting down MyHabit, focusing on Amazon Fashion


    If you're a shopping hound on Amazon, we may have some bad news for you. The MyHabit flash-sale site is closing down.

    The news has been out for a couple weeks, but the shipping giant announced it to subscribers this morning....

  9. Sunday shopping event coming to Central Avenue stores


    Friday, you have Beyonce (at least, I hope).

    Saturday, you have to rest from all that dancing to Don't Hurt Yourself and Get Me Bodied (at least, I hope). 

    This leaves you Sunday with time to kill and money to spend (at least, I hope).

    If you're in downtown St. Petersburg, you might check out the Spring Down Central Shop Hop that afternoon. I just learned about it on Instagram. ...

  10. My Outfit Monday: Time to bring spring to the office


    So we established Stitch Fix isn't for everyone. After two boxes, I'm not sure it's for me. But I can tell you one thing: They nailed these cropped pants.

    Much like the $16 Amazon curling wand, these pants have dramatically improved my workday appearance game, so much so I heard everyone is calling 2016 the Year of Brave New Katie....

    Photo by Brittany Volk | Times designer, blogger, cooking contributor, Divas photographer
  11. When and where to buy Beyoncé's Ivy Park workout line in Tampa


    Good news, residents of Tampa Bay's Beyhive: Starting April 14, you'll be able to find Beyoncé's Ivy Park workout gear at Nordstrom of International Plaza.

    It sounds like she's come a long way from her House of Deréon flop.

    In an interview with Elle, Beyoncé talks about how much time she took to make sure the clothing would work with women with curvy bodies who like to move. Special features include an invisible underlining that "sucks you in" and "lifts your bottom," Beyoncé says, to eliminate "reverb" (or feminine bounce, one might say) from running, biking or jumping. She says her clothing will be sexy but comfortable, sucking in at the waist but borrowing inspo from men's sportswear too. ...

    I mean, I probably wouldn't wear this to the gym exactly. But I'm excited to see what else Ivy Park has in store.
  12. Your wedding dress doesn't have to cost $1 billion (or $1,000)


    Nine months after my wedding, I'm not looking to buy a new white ivory dress anytime soon. Unfortunately for me, neither the Internet nor my favorite stores know about this, and both are pelting me lately with crazy cute and affordable wedding dresses that are pretty useless to me.

    I thought if I told you about them the universe would let this former bride live....

    The back on this Modcloth number is divine! True story: When I was shopping for a wedding dress, I told Judy at The Dressing Room in St. Pete that I wanted an "interesting back." She told me that was useless and would lead to one, maybe two pictures. She said to focus on the front, so I did. Do I wish she hadn't told me that? A little.
  13. On the gridiron, a world away, American players get one more shot at glory


    YOKOHAMA, JAPAN — Players in helmets and shoulder pads rush the field and huddle around their captains. Cheerleaders with wide smiles and tear-off pants dance to Fall Out Boy. "Let's go Silver Star!" one shouts into a microphone with a pink bow.

    For a moment, it feels like a fall football weekend just about anywhere in America.

    The reality is 90 percent of Yokohoma Stadium's bright orange seats are empty. The fans who are here to see the Asahi Beer Silver Star and Panasonic Impulse teams play are eating ramen noodles and steamed dumplings. Without a locker room, players store their luggage on the sidelines....

    IBM Big Blue fans at Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama a Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan on October 31, 2015.
  14. A friendly fashion reminder from the TSA


    @TSA is one of the most entertaining Instagram accounts out there, as much of a must-follow as @mindykaling, @modcloth and @beyonce.

    But @TSA is not all throwing stars and retired bomb-sniffing dogs in hats (though who could be mad about that?). The account has useful tips for managing your fashion while flying, too!...

    TSA Instagram post from March 21, 2016.
  15. From Tokyo to Hiroshima, experiencing the food and culture of Japan


    We gazed at the giant bronze Buddha statue of Kamakura, tasted breaded pork called tonkatsu over rice for lunch, and rode a train to Japan's Enoshima island. Its Shinto shrines honoring the water goddess Benzaiten were one uphill climb in the twilight away.

    But first, I had to conquer the octopus cracker.

    I had no idea what Enoshima's specialty entailed. Only that Japanese translator Junko Takahashi had praised me as an adventurous eater over our three weeks together, and I wasn't about to disappoint her with the truth that I am a picky eater....

    Another izakaya we went to in Hiroshima. At this izakaya we saw at low tables and our seats were pillows. This is another traditional style of Japanese dining.