Our Team

Information about the editorial staff of Snopes.com.

All of the members of our editorial staff, in addition to their individual qualifications and experience, have completed the course in “Fact-Checking: How to Improve Your Skills in Accountability Journalism” offered by Poynter’s NewsU and the American Press Institute.

Members of the Snopes.com editorial staff are precluded from donating to, or participating in, political campaigns, political party activities, or political advocacy organizations.

Any editorial staff member can be reached via e-mail through the Contact links that appear on every page of the site.

Snopes Staff

  • David Mikkelson

    Founder/Executive Editor

    David Mikkelson founded the site now known as snopes.com back in 1994 as a creative outgrowth of his wide-ranging interests in a variety of subjects (particularly folklore) and his professional expertise in the computer industry. Handling everything from researching and writing articles about urban legends to managing the site’s technical infrastructure, David saw snopes.com (which antedated the development of automated search engines) quickly become the go-to place for Internet users to query about anything questionable they encountered online, establishing it as the oldest and best known online fact-checking outlet operating today.

    In additional to his 20+ years experience researching and writing about the facts behind a multitude of topics, David’s educational background includes a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Texas (San Antonio) and about a zillion course hours of post-graduate classes at California State University, Northridge taken with no particular degree program in mind. His previous employment encompassed stints with the News-Chronicle (newspaper), Teledyne Electronics, the U.S. Postal Service, JPL, Digital Equipment Corporation, Rocketdyne, and Health Net (HMO).

    In his ever-dwindling moments of free time away from snopes.com, David can be spotted at board gaming events and conventions.

  • David Emery

    Senior Writer

    David Emery is a San Francisco-based writer with nearly 20 years’ experience debunking rumors, hoaxes, and urban legends, first as a freelancer for About.com (1997-2016), and for snopes.com since July 2016. His varied career has also included stints as a newsroom librarian, staff writer for a television sitcom, and contributing editor of a (pre-Internet) satirical newspaper. He first won recognition in the online universe as an arch commentator on the outer limits of Net culture with Iron Skillet Magazine, lauded by the Houston Chronicle as “a compendium of offbeat views run through the blender of the author’s savage sense of humor … [with] on-target skewerings of strange ideas.”

  • Dan Evon

    Dan Evon is a Chicago-based writer who has been sifting through the sludge of social media since 2009. Prior to joining the editorial staff at Snopes.com, he was the editor-in-chief of Social News Daily, a senior writer for The Inquisitr, and covered motorcycle racing for All About Bikes Magazine.

  • Arturo Garcia

    Based out of California, Arturo Garcia worked in both print and television news before writing for online news outlets. With an AA in journalism from Southwestern College and a BA in Communications from San Diego State University, Arturo produced work published at The Raw Story, Racialicious, Alternet, and The Guardian prior to joining Snopes.com. Garcia is an avid Doctor Who fan eagerly awaiting delivery of his new TARDIS.

  • Alex Kasprak

    Science Writer

    Alex Kasprak is a science writer and journalist whose work has been featured in The Atlantic, Motherboard, New Scientist, and other venues. Prior to joining Snopes he was a staff science writer at BuzzFeed and a science communicator at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He has masters degrees in geological sciences from Brown University and in science writing from Johns Hopkins University. He once found the world’s first Iberian phytosaur fossil, if you are into that kind of thing.

  • Kim LaCapria

    Kim LaCapria is a New York-based Content Manager, Snopes community member, and folklore enthusiast. She has been writing for Snopes since 2014 and never gets tired of unraveling urban legends. When not working, she enjoys air hockey, jjimjilbangs, and casual mermaiding.

  • Dan MacGuill

    Dan MacGuill is a journalist and fact-checker from Dublin, Ireland, based in the Washington, D.C. area. He ran FactCheck, the Republic of Ireland's first dedicated fact-checking service, for TheJournal.ie from 2016 to 2017 and worked as a reporter for that publication from 2014. Before that, Dan was Deputy Editor of The Local France in Paris. Dan has a BA in philosophy from the University of Scranton and an MA in political science from Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

  • Bethania Palma

    Bethania Palma Markus is a journalist from the Los Angeles area who started her career as a daily newspaper reporter and has covered everything from crime to government to national politics. She has written for a variety of publications as a staffer and freelancer, including the Los Angeles News Group, the LAist, LA School Report, the OC Weekly and Raw Story. She earned a B.A. in political science from the University of California at Irvine and an M.A. in history from California State University at Northridge. She is a huge fan of the X-Files, because while she’s not saying it was aliens, it was aliens.

Support Staff

  • Vinny Green

    VP, Operations
  • Ryan Miller

    VP, Advertising
  • Chris Reilly

    Director, Data Operations
  • Chad Ort

    Senior Developer
  • Jordan Liles

    Video Production
  • Liz Donaldson

    Admin. Assistant
  • Elyssa Young

    Admin. Assistant