Since 2015, Chris Nichols has worked as CapRadio’s PolitiFact California reporter where he fact-checks politicians in the Golden State both on-air and online. His work includes debunking social media misinformation and explaining complex statewide topics from California’s affordable housing and homelessness crises to election issues.
Previously, Chris spent a dozen years writing about government and politics at newspapers across California, including covering the Capitol for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Before that, he worked as a news reporter at the North County Times in Escondido; the Lodi News-Sentinel and the Sonora Union-Democrat.
After obtaining his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, Chris left California to earn his master’s degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in 2004.
He is cautiously optimistic that his hometown San Diego Padres will someday be World Champions, but he’s not holding his breath.
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January 26, 2023
Sacramento, Elk Grove and Los Angeles passed similar encampment bans last year, despite opposition from advocates who say they harm unhoused residents by separating them from resources.
January 19, 2023
Kendra Lewis served as executive director of the Sacramento Housing Alliance over the past two years. She recently accepted a position at the Sierra Health Foundation.
January 12, 2023
Unhoused residents and their advocates say moving to a shelter isn’t always practical. Many worry they’ll lose their possessions and the stability of their local encampments.
January 3, 2023
Weather respite centers offer an overnight location for unhoused people to rest, dry out and recharge their phones. They do not, however, provide the extended stays or range of social services provided at traditional homeless shelters
December 27, 2022
From aspiring to end prison pipelines to wage increases and reproductive-rights protections, these new laws will affect change in the Golden State.
December 19, 2022
The new approach, perhaps unique in California, calls for outreach teams, including mental health professionals, to visit Sacramento’s largest homeless encampments. They would diagnose unhoused residents in-the-field, refer them to treatment and more
December 12, 2022
The city will keep open the Outreach and Engagement Center on Auburn Boulevard and the lobby of the North Fifth Street Shelter in the River District through December 16th.
December 6, 2022
The city and county of Sacramento approved a homeless services partnership agreement, which lasts for five years and was spurred by the city’s Emergency Shelter and Enforcement Act.
December 1, 2022
The agreement must still be approved next Tuesday by the Sacramento City Council and County Board of Supervisors. The deal is also key to implementing voter-approved Measure O.
November 17, 2022
Residents at what’s known as Camp Resolution say they’ll continue to occupy the city-owned site at Colfax Street and Arden Way, even though their future remains in limbo.