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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. PolitiFact: Fact-checking Donald Trump's first press conference as president-elect


    In his first press conference since winning the presidency, Donald Trump vehemently denied unverified opposition research reports that he has been compromised by the Russian government and scolded media organizations that published the information.

    "It's all fake news. It's phony stuff. It didn't happen," Trump said.

    For the first time, Trump himself acknowledged the finding of the intelligence community that Russia ordered cyberattacks to interfere in the election....

    President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a news cenference at Trump Tower on Wednesday in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
  2. Tom Ford has hilarious opinions on dressing his kid and wearing sweatpants


    There's a lot of talk this week about controversial comments by menswear designer, writer and director Tom Ford in GQThe profile by correspondent Taffy Akner is fascinating for a lot of other reasons....

    Fashion designer, writer and director Tom Ford attends the premiere of "Nocturnal Animals" in New York in this Nov. 17, 2016, file photo.
  3. So we're revisiting oversized buckle bags. Do we have to?


    A quiet morning ritual of mine is forcefully deleting promotional emails all at once — never looking back, never getting trapped, not letting anything stand in my way of inbox zero — but today I spared an understated but "very special" message from Kate Spade. 

    (new arrivals! including one very new, very special bag)

    Being a fan of KS bags, I needed to see this. ...

    Nooooooo, Kate Spade. Nooooooo.
  4. No, Patrick Murphy, PolitiFact did not debunk every attack against you


    Our ears are burning.

    Twice in two debates, Democratic Senate candidate Patrick Murphy invoked our name as a shield in the face of criticism from Republican incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio about his background.

    "You continue to throw out these lies. They have all been debunked by PolitiFact," Murphy said.

    Murphy’s response was memorable — especially to us. His retort is a wishful reading of our reports. Here’s the truth: Murphy has exaggerated his credentials, and his opponents have also exaggerated their attacks on Murphy.  ...

  5. A search for heels you can wear to work — comfortably


    Wanted: Professional shoes with height that I can wear everywhere, that won't kill my feet.

    I've been KonMari-ing my life lately, and have parted ways with shoes that don't serve me anymore. A bag of very pretty heels remains under bed, not exactly fitting the definition of bare essential but sparking all kinds of joy. My problem, though, is these heels are useful for special occasions only — and best chased with a pair of fast flats....

    Target LifeStride Bindi Cut-out Heeled Pumps, $29.99
  6. Alicia Keys isn't judging people who wear makeup


    Alicia Keys is a natural wonder, a gifted singer-songwriter and a barenaked face in a TV sea of lip kits and falsies.

    Not that there is anything wrong with those. More on that in a second.

    Keys, as you may have heard, is going without makeup this summer (she broke the news in a Lenny Letter essay May 31. No lipstick, no concealer. No makeup for tapings of her new show "The Voice," nor for her performance at the Democratic National Convention in July....

    Alicia Keys performs at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
  7. When is it okay to talk about the clothing of a woman in politics?


    It's a question 10 women would answer 10 different ways. And as a political journalist with an eye for what people are wearing, it's one I've wrestled with, too.

    Is it so wrong to incorporate what a woman is wearing into a story when she's running for office?

    After all of this time, I explored the question in a story for Sunday's politics-themed issue of the Times' Latitudes section, the Art of Politics....

    The outfits of Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren looked a lot more similar in color on TV than in photographs, I promise.
  8. We want to see what politicians wear. Is that so wrong?


    Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren walked onto the stage in Cincinnati with wide grins and windshield-wiper waves, the crowd roaring for their first campaign appearance together.

    With Warren's endorsement of Clinton weeks out of the bag, news stories that day in June told of how Warren went after Republican Donald Trump as a "nasty man," how she yelled, "I'm with her, yes, her," referring to Clinton, and how she assured her progressive following that Clinton would be tough on trade abuses and Wall Street greed....

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren sported similar colors at a campaign rally in June. 
Getty Images
  9. Sunshine Thrift giving away freebie for National Thrift Shop Day


    Sunshine Thrift, one of our favorite chains around, is celebrating Wenesday's annual National Thrift Shop Day with a freebie.

    The rules: You have to spend more than $20, and it only goes to the first 100 customers.

    I have no idea what it is, but let us know if you score something cool on top of a cart of discounted goods.

    Here's where to find the Tampa, St. Petersburg and Bradenton stores....

    Bethany Cromwell finds a pair of pants to show to her mother, Catharine Cummings while shopping at Sunshine Thrift Store at 4304 S Dale Mabry Highway.
  10. My Outfit Monday: My favorite summer dress


    Let's celebrate these back-to-school days with a short story.

    A young woman walked into Target a few weeks ago, bright-eyed about the possibilities and 98 percent sure she could still be considered a "young" woman in her late 20s. She moved from aisle to aisle, bracing herself for loading a cart's worth of cheap summer clothes into her vehicle.

    She took 10 dresses back to the fitting room. Nine of 10 were ill-fitting insults....

    Spoiler: The story is about me, Katie, and not my just-as-prominently featured best friend, Downtown Crane.
  11. Get glam at the Norma Kamali exhibi at Tampa Museum of Art


    Calling all lovers of fashion history — Times art critic Lennie Bennett has the scoop on an exhibition at the Tampa Museum of Art you won't want to miss.

    The CFDA award-winning designer Norma Kamali is showcasing 25 pieces evoking highlights of her career in a retrospective at the museum. Kamali, 71, was at the forefront of many trends since the 1970s, including sweatsuits, the inimitable sleeping bag coat, and the famous Farrah Fawcett red swimsuit silhouette. (You'll learn a lot more about her, like I did, when you read Bennett's piece.)...

    Fashion designer Norma Kamali poses for a photo with her exhibit at the Tampa Museum of Art.
  12. 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.
  13. 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....

    Are these pointy-toed suede flats great for summer rain? No, they are not. Are they available in adorable colors and easy to slip into a bag for changing into at the workplace? Why, yes, yes, they are, and they cost between $15-$20. (Also: We should be lining our flats with cushions to make them last longer. Let's do this, guys.)
  14. 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. ...

    Celebrate the holiday weekend with a whole bunch of sales.
  15. 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?