Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee is a journalist and fact-checker from North Dakota who joined Snopes in April 2020. She has experience working in newsrooms across the U.S., primarily as a breaking news reporter at The Seattle Times and local government correspondent for the Minnesota news nonprofit, MinnPost. Notable reporting moments include the election of U.S. President Donald Trump in 2016, Amazon’s takeover of Seattle, and way too many mass shootings. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and has started work on a master’s degree in Media Studies from the University of Nebraska. Her academic interests include the news media’s effect on political polarization, while her personal interests include camping, dive bars, and D-list celebrity gossip. Jessica currently heads Snopes’ Minneapolis bureau with two four-legged news assistants, Buddy (beagle-pit mix) and Herman (tailless tuxedo cat).

Is Migrant Caravan Headed for US Because of Biden’s Immigration Policies?
  • 22 January 2021
Biden's critics were quick to conflate immigration policies and misrepresent facts about a caravan of...
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Did Bill Clinton Fall Asleep During Biden’s Inaugural Address?
  • 20 January 2021
Human beings can close their eyes for more reasons than sleeping.
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Were Capitol Rioters IDed Via Online Dating Apps?
  • 19 January 2021
One woman called it her “civic duty” to swipe through dating apps looking for men...
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Bannon, Lil Wayne: Full List of Trump’s Final Pardons
  • 19 January 2021
In his final hours as president, Trump offered clemency to dozens of people including ex-adviser...
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Is Harvard Considering Revoking Trump Allies’ Degrees?
  • 18 January 2021
The list of alumni include White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and Texas Sen. Ted...
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Did Ice Cream Test Positive for COVID-19?
  • 18 January 2021
Considering its cold temperature and fatty ingredients, one virologist said ice cream could harbor conditions...
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Was Kissing Through Handkerchiefs Advised During 1918 Pandemic?
  • 15 January 2021
"Want to Kiss and Escape Grip? Use Handkerchief!"
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Were Panic Buttons Removed From Democratic Lawmaker’s Office Prior to Insurrection?
  • 14 January 2021
The circumstances under which the buttons were allegedly "torn out" of U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley's...
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Is Martial Law ‘Imminent’ Before Biden’s Inauguration?
  • 13 January 2021
Seems odd that a pastor in rural Texas would be the first to get the...
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Is Trump Considering Pardoning Capitol Riot Extremists?
  • 12 January 2021
The Trump administration's acting pardon attorney supposedly made the announcement in a Parler post.
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Does Website for Wisconsin Republicans Say ‘Prepare for War’?
  • 12 January 2021
The St. Croix County Republican Party supposedly kept the phrase on its website, despite requests...
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Did Trump Invoke Insurrection Act?
  • 11 January 2021
Parler posts alleged Trump had invoked a law to use military force against political opponents.
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