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Watch the presidential debate with live fact-checking by USA TODAY’s team of experts

Watch the presidential debate with live fact-checking by USA TODAY’s team of experts

The first of three presidential debates between Donald Trump and Joe Biden was Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. The debate, hosted by FOX News anchor Chris Wallace, lasted an intense 90-minutes.

USA TODAY’s nationwide team of journalists provided facts and context on screen as Trump and Biden debate these topics: 

  • The candidates’ records;
  • the Supreme Court;
  • COVID-19;
  • the economy;
  • racial justice, protests and violence;
  • the integrity of the election.

The only debate for vice presidential candidates Mike Pence and Kamala Harris is Wednesday, Oct. 7, in Salt Lake City. Two more presidential debates are scheduled for Oct. 15 in Miami and Oct. 22 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Meet USA TODAY’s team of experts:

Ken Alltucker

Ken Alltucker

USA TODAY

Ken Alltucker is a consumer health reporter for USA TODAY, covering COVID-19, coronavirus testing, medical billing, drug safety and access to care. Follow him on Twitter: @Kalltucker.

Karl Baker

Karl Baker

Jennifer Corbett, Delaware News Journal

Karl Baker is an investigative reporter at DelawareOnline.com/The News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware, covering the space where business and government overlap. Follow him on Twitter: @kbaker6

Pat Beall

Pat Beall

Submitted

Pat Beall is a senior investigative reporter for USA Today Network covering the Southeast. She is currently reporting on absentee ballot issues and voting access as part of a USA Today partnership with Columbia Journalism Investigations and PBS Frontline.

Deborah Barfield Berry

Deborah Barfield Berry

Jarrad Henderson

Deborah Barfield Berry is a national reporter for USA TODAY based in Washington, D.C, covering voting rights, civil rights and COVID-19 disparities. Follow her on Twitter: @dberrygannett.

Nathan Bomey

Nathan Bomey

USA TODAY

Nathan Bomey is a business reporter for USA TODAY, covering autos, bankruptcy, misinformation and general business issues. Follow him on Twitter: @NathanBomey.

Beth Burger

Beth Burger

Barbara Perenic

Beth Burger covers environment, science and agriculture. She is based in Columbus, Ohio as part of the USA Today network. Follow her on Twitter: @ByBethBurger.

Kristine Phillips

Kristine Phillips

USA TODAY

Kristine Phillips covers justice and legal issues for USA TODAY. Previously, she was a national and breaking news reporter for the Washington Post. Follow her on Twitter: @bykristinep.

John Fritze

John Fritze

USA TODAY

John Fritze is a White House correspondent for USA TODAY and has covered politics for nearly two decades. Follow him on Twitter: @jfritze.

Joey Garrison

Joey Garrison

Sam Simpkins

Joey Garrison is national political reporter for USA TODAY, covering the 2020 presidential race including mail-voting, election security issues and the campaigns. Follow him on Twitter: @joeygarrison.

Alan Gomez

Alan Gomez

Jack Gruber, USAT

Alan Gomez is a Miami-based reporter for USA TODAY, covering immigration, voter suppression and Hispanic voting in the 2020 election. Follow him on Twitter: @alangomez.

USA TODAY staff Maureen Groppe

USA TODAY staff Maureen Groppe

Jack Gruber, USA TODAY

Maureen Groppe is a Washington correspondent for USA TODAY, covering Congress and the vice president. She’s been in Washington since late 1992 and joined Gannett in late 2000 as the Washington reporter for Indianapolis Star and other Indiana papers statewide. She has covered Vice President Mike Pence since his first day in Congress, January 2001. Follow her on Twitter: @mgroppe.

Grace Hauck

Grace Hauck

Matthew Sobocinski

Grace Hauck is a Breaking News Reporter for USA TODAY based in Chicago. She has been writing the Coronavirus Watch newsletter since early March. Follow her on Twitter: @grace_hauck.

Kim Hjelmgaard

Kim Hjelmgaard

Finn Hjelmgaard

Kim Hjelmgaard is an international correspondent, based in London. He covers foreign affairs for USA TODAY. He’s on Twitter: @khjelmgaard.

Bart Jansen

Bart Jansen

USA TODAY

Bart Jansen covers 2020 politics for USA TODAY. He has also covered the departments of Justice and Homeland Security. Follow him on Twitter: @ganjansen.

Rick Jervis

Rick Jervis

JACK GRUBER

Rick Jervis is the Austin-based correspondent for USA TODAY and covers immigration, border security and natural disasters. Previously, he was based in New Orleans, where he covered post-Hurricane Katrina recovery, and Baghdad, where he reported on the aftermath of the 2003 U.S. invasion. Follow on Twitter: @MrRJervis.

Charisse Jones

Charisse Jones

Orlett W. Photography

Charisse Jones covers the retail industry as well as workplace issues, including the transformation of jobs, benefits and work-life balance during COVID-19. She also covers employment more broadly and the impact of identity on income, wealth creation and financial stability. Follow her on Twitter: @charissejones.

Debra Krol

Debra Krol

Arizona Republic

Debra Utacia Krol is an Indigenous affairs reporter at the Arizona Republic. Her current coverage area, supported by the Catena Foundation and the Water Funder Initiative, is the intersection of climate, culture and commerce. Krol has also reported on wildfires in the West and the Indigenous connection to fire as a land management tool, federal and state land management policies, climate change and fire and the changing nature of fire science. Krol, a citizen of the Xolon Salinan Tribe, has more than two decades of expertise in reporting on Native issues for publications large and small, with an emphasis on environmental and science issues, and has been a contributor to two books on Native traditions. Follow her on Twitter: @Debkrol.

Matt Leclercq

Matt Leclercq

USA TODAY Network

Matt Leclercq is part of USA TODAY’s national news planning team, which includes working with editors from across the USA TODAY Network and managing content for 1A and print news sections. He was a reporter and editor in North Carolina for 20 years, including executive editor at The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer, before becoming national news editor for GateHouse Media in Austin, Texas, in 2019. He joined USA TODAY in April 2020. Follow him on Twitter: @Matt_Leclercq.

Keith Matheny

Keith Matheny

Staff

Keith Matheny is based in Detroit, and covers the Great Lakes, the environment, science and climate change for Detroit Free Press, part of the USA TODAY Network. Follow him on Twitter: @keithmatheny.

Carlos R. Munoz

Carlos R. Munoz

Staff

Carlos R. Munoz covers environmental issues, such as the Florida red tide toxic algal bloom that crushed tourism and killed sea life in Southwest Florida for two years; breaking news and weather for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in the USA TODAY Network-Florida. He covered Hurricane Irma and the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle. Follow him on Twitter: @ReadCarlos.

Meredith Newman

Meredith Newman

Jennifer Corbett, Delaware News Journal

Meredith Newman is a reporter at DelawareOnline.com/The News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware, where she covers healthcare and Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. Follow her on Twitter: @MereNewman.

Jayne O'Donnell

Jayne O’Donnell

Jack Gruber, USA Today

Jayne O’Donnell is USA TODAY’s health policy reporter and co-founder of the Urban Health Media Project, which trains high school students of color in multimedia health and social issue journalism. She has been with USA TODAY since 1993 and started covering health with the launch of the Affordable Care Act exchanges in October 2013. Follow her on Twitter: @JayneODonnell 

Mark Olalde

Mark Olalde

Staff

Mark Olalde is an environment reporter with The Desert Sun, a USA Today Network newspaper in Palm Springs, Calif. He has investigated issues of oil and gas extraction, climate change, wildfires, mining and agriculture in regions ranging from southern Africa to the Caribbean and the American West. Follow him on Twitter: @MarkOlalde.

Dinah Voyles Pulver, investigative reporter for USA TODAY's investigations team, has more than 25 years experience covering environmental issues.

Dinah Voyles Pulver, investigative reporter for USA TODAY’s investigations team, has more than 25 years experience covering environmental issues.

David Tucker

Dinah Voyles Pulver is a reporter on USA TODAY’s investigations team, specializing in environmental issues, with more than 25 years experiencecovering weather, water, climate change, sea level rise, wildfires and wildlife. A former health care reporter, she also has helped with the team’s coverage of PPE shortages this year.  Follow her on Twitter: @dinahvp.

Chris Quintana

Chris Quintana

USA TODAY

Chris Quintana is an education reporter for USA TODAY covering how people navigate America’s complicated higher education system. Recently, his work has focused on how the coronavirus has disrupted students’ attempts to graduate. Follow him on Twitter: @CQuintanaDC.

Adrianna Rodriguez

Adrianna Rodriguez

Matthew Sobocinski, USAT

Adrianna Rodriguez is a health reporter for USA TODAY, covering general health and patient safety during the coronavirus pandemic. Follow her on Twitter: @AdriannaUSAT.

Erin Richards

Erin Richards

USA TODAY

Erin Richards is a national education reporter, based in Milwaukee, covering the politics and policy of K-12 schools and trends affecting teachers and families. Follow her on Twitter: @emrichards. 

Deirdre Shesgreen

Deirdre Shesgreen

USA TODAY

Deirdre Shesgreen is a foreign affairs reporter for USA TODAY, covering the State Department and U.S. foreign policy from Iran to North Korea to Syria. Follow her on Twitter: @dshesgreen.

Courtney Subramanian, USA TODAY White House correspondent

Courtney Subramanian, USA TODAY White House correspondent

Courtney Subramanian

Courtney Subramanian is White House correspondent for USA TODAY, covering President Donald Trump from the West Wing to the campaign trail. Follow her on Twitter: @cmsub.

Nicquel Terry Ellis is a national correspondent for USA TODAY.

Nicquel Terry Ellis is a national correspondent for USA TODAY.

Julius Bryant

Nicquel Terry Ellis is a national correspondent for USA TODAY who covers race, equality and activism. Follow her on Twitter: @NTerryEllis.

Susan Tompor

Susan Tompor

Cameron Pollack, Detroit Free Press

Susan Tompor is a personal finance columnist for the Detroit Free Press and USA TODAY. She focuses on consumer watchdog issues and how economic upheaval hits pocketbooks. Follow her on Twitter: @tompor.

Tom Vanden Brook

Tom Vanden Brook

USA TODAY

Tom Vanden Brook has covered the Pentagon for USA TODAY since 2006. Follow him on Twitter: @tvanden.

Karen Weintraub

Karen Weintraub

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Karen Weintraub is a Health reporter for USA TODAY covering COVID-19, coronavirus vaccine development and patient safety. Follow her on Twitter: @kweintraub.

Elizabeth Weise

Elizabeth Weise

USA TODAY

Elizabeth Weise is a Health and science reporter for USA TODAY covering COVID-19 vaccine development, production and distribution. Follow her on Twitter: @eweise.

Chris Woodyard

Chris Woodyard

Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY

Chris Woodyard is USA TODAY’s Los Angeles bureau chief and has worked as a reporter and editor in the News and Money sections for more than two decades. Follow him on Twitter: @chriswoodyard

Elinor Aspegren

Elinor Aspegren

Matthew Sobocinski, USAT

Elinor Aspegren is an intern covering education and breaking news for USA TODAY. She’s a 2020 graduate of Pitzer College. Follow her on Twitter: @elinoraspegren.

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