Clara Hendrickson

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Reporter Profile

Clara Hendrickson does PolitiFact fact checking at the Detroit Free Press, where she holds federal, state and local candidates to account during the 2020 election in this key swing state. Prior to her time in Michigan, Hendrickson was a researcher at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and a freelance reporter for national and local outlets. At Brookings, she wrote on a range of public policy issues, including rising regional inequality, domestic and international efforts to regulate “Big Tech” and the financial challenges confronting local newsrooms. Her journalism has appeared in Boston Review, Democracy Journal, The Atlantic and Politico Magazine. She has also contributed feature articles for the non-profit outlet DCist, such as the impact on service workers of eliminating late-night public transportation routes and efforts to provide residents affordable exercise options in neighborhoods that don’t have a gym. Hendrickson holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania where she was an op-ed columnist for The Daily Pennsylvanian, frequently covering labor and income disparity issues on campus and in Philadelphia.

Beat: Fact-checking of Michigan politicians during election season and beyond

There is no ongoing fact-checking of Michigan issues or politics that we are currently aware of. Fact-checking is time-consuming and takes a sustained commitment of attention and resources. Michigan’s need for fact-checking is particularly critical because it has been identified as one of only four true “swing” states in the 2020 presidential election. We expect Michigan residents to be bombarded with political messaging in the latter half of 2020. Additionally, there is a Senate race in Michigan in 2020 that is widely considered a toss-up. A Michigan-based PolitiFact Reporter will be located in the Free Press' newsroom but have the opportunity to work closely with editors in Detroit and at PolitiFact.