New editors named for PolitiFact and PunditFact

Published Oct. 11, 2013

Angie Drobnic Holan has been named editor of PolitiFact, the Tampa Bay Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking website.

Holan, 41, has been with the Times since 2005 and with PolitiFact since it launched in 2007. She started as a researcher and reporter and became a leading expert on the new health care law. She most recently served as PolitiFact's deputy editor and editor of PolitiFact Florida. Holan has a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and master's degrees from Columbia and USF.

She succeeds Bill Adair, who left the Times in June to become a professor at Duke University. Adair remains a contributing editor for PolitiFact.

"Angie is an exceptional reporter with top-notch explanatory skills essential to PolitiFact," said Amy Hollyfield, the Times' assistant managing editor for politics. "She is a thoughtful leader who will guide PolitiFact with poise and excellence."

Aaron Sharockman will be editor of PunditFact, a new PolitiFact venture that launches next month. PunditFact is dedicated to checking claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers and the hosts and guests of talk shows.

Sharockman, 32, is a graduate of Indiana University and has been with the Times for 10 years and with PolitiFact since 2009. For the past two years, he has directed Tallahassee coverage as the deputy government and politics editor.

"With spot-on political instinct, Aaron is the right person to launch this unique effort to hold accountable some of the most prominent voices in our political discourse," Hollyfield said.