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

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

    Politics

    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.
  2. PolitiFact: Fact-checking the latest claims about the Islamic State

    Perspective

    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.
  3. PunditFact fact-checks the Sunday Aug. 31 shows

    Politics

    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."...

  4. Labor Day sales in Tampa Bay this weekend

    Blog

    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. ...

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

    Blog

    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.
  6. PunditFact: Fact-checking the Aug. 24 news shows

    Politics

    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."...

    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."
  7. PunditFact: When the U.S. goes to war, TV networks call the warheads

    Politics

    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."...

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

    Politics

    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.
  9. Your friendly Friday afternoon link party

    Blog

    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).
  10. PunditFact: Two claims that are definitely not true about Ebola outbreak

    National

    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?"...

    Georges Soros of the Soros Fondation attends the 42nd annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. The overarching theme of the meeting, which will take place from Jan. 25 to 29, is "The Great Transformation: Shaping New Models". (AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron) LAU101
  11. PunditFact: Townhall editor wrongly claims U.S. agency can shut down a business for any reason

    Politics

    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....

  12. Snip, snip! Look, a new outfit

    Blog

    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.
  13. Most favors are forgettable, and other real talk from a frequent wedding guest

    Blog

    We've heard from the four-time bridesmaid. We took notes from wise brides. Now let's hear from the other important member of the wedding day experience: the constant guest!...

    Still from Sony Pictures' "Jumping the Broom" (2011).
  14. Wedding advice from Times writers who have been there

    Blog

    Your Deal Divas have made no secret about our lack of wedding bands in spite of the advice and thoughts we've dished for #WeddingWeek. So, to fill the void of first-person wedding advice, we asked several Times writers and editors about their experiences.

    Answering our questions about what they loved about their special day, as well as what they would change, are book editor Colette Bancroft, Pasco bureau editor Molly Moorhead, deputy editor of editorials Joni James, St. Pete business writer Katherine Snow Smith and food critic Laura Reiley....

    A tribute to parents' and grandparents' (hopefully happy) marriages is a sweet, personal touch, says Molly Moorhead.
  15. Awkward questions about Bridesmaid World answered by a four-time bridesmaid

    Blog

    My friend Hilary is a wise person whose opinion I ask about most things. She has particularly strong credentials in Bridesmaid World: An August wedding will mark her third occasion as a bridesmaid this year, and fourth overall.

    So, yeah, she has real talk for the alleged recycling qualities of bridesmaid dresses and spontaneous, lavish bridal party expenses. 

    Here's to hoping her advice helps you as much as it helped me....

    As bad as it gets for a bridesmaid?