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Headquartered at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, FlackCheck.org is the political literacy companion site to the award-winning FactCheck.org. The site provides resources designed to help viewers recognize flaws in arguments in general and political ads in particular. Video resources point out deception and incivility in political rhetoric.

FlackCheck.org is funded by an endowment provided by the Annenberg Foundation to support the Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics.

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FlackCheck.org Staff

Aous Abbas is the website developer for FlackCheck.org. He joined the Annenberg Public Policy Center in 2006 and built the current FactCheck.org and AnnenbergClassroom.org websites.

Dan Corkery is a writer, producer and content manager for FlackCheck.org. He has been performing improv and sketch comedy for over seven years, beginning at the University of Delaware and currently with Figment Theater and the Philly Improv Theater and has performed throughout North America. He has trained and taken workshops at the Philly Improv Theater as well the UCB Theater in New York.

Gary L. Gehman joined the Annenberg Public Policy Center in 2004 as webmaster for the NPR radio show Justice Talking and its Webby Award-winning companion site, Justice Learning. He created a number of the videos in FlackCheck.org’s Lincoln vs. McClellan series, including “Train to Nowhere” and “Tax and Spend Abe.”

Ellen Iwamoto joined the Annenberg Public Policy Center in 2008 as a writer/editor for the Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics.

Jeremy Quattlebaum is a production assistant for FlackCheck.org videos.

Zachary Reese is a content manager for FlackCheck.org and in charge of project outreach. He’s responsible for much of the look and feel of FlackCheck.org initiatives.

Past contributors

Eric Cunningham is a comedy writer in New York City on the Upright Citizens Brigade’s house sketch team, Onassis. He is also a founding member of the political comedy group The Full Ginsburg and has created original work for Funny or Die, CNN, and Newsweek.com.

Kel Elkins is an aerospace engineer working for a 3D visualization and analysis software company in the Philadelphia suburbs. Kel’s technical animations have shown up on several major news networks, including CNN, FOX and MSNBC. He has also presented his work on multiple occasions at SIGGRAPH, an international computer graphics and animation conference.

Paul Falzone is a scholar, researcher, and award-winning producer of film and video who specializes in creating short form advocacy video for nonprofits. His productions have been programmed in a number of festivals and his media-related writing has appeared in several peer-reviewed journals and encyclopedias. He is also the founder and director of Peripheral Vision International, a nonprofit that creates and distributes advocacy media in Uganda.

Marty Johnson is a comedy writer with a background in television production at PBS and CBS. Her two-person sketch show is currently running at the UCB NY theater, and has appeared at festivals across the U.S., including the Friars Club Sketch Competition in 2011 and 2010. Her writing credits include a sitcom pilot for NBC Universal and the short, Strange Faculty, winner of Best Film in the NBC Short Cuts film festival.

Jen McCleary joined the Annenberg Public Policy Center in 2006 and designed previous versions of the FlackCheck.org, FactCheck.org and AnnenbergClassroom.org websites.

John Vettese joined the Annenberg Public Policy Center in 2005 as a staff writer for the Student Voices project, which has since been folded into the Annenberg Classroom civics education website.

Dannagal Goldthwaite Young is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Delaware where she studies the content, audience, and effects of political humor. Danna is also an improvisational comedian, performing regularly with the improv comedy troupe ComedySportz Philadelphia since 1999.