Poynter names director and editor for new International Fact-Checking Network – Poynter

The Poynter Institute announced Monday that Alexios Mantzarlis will be the director and editor of a new International Fact-Checking Network. The IFCN's work will appear on Poynter's site and Mantzarlis will publish a weekly newsletter.

Alexios Mantzarlis, submitted photo

According to the press release, the St. Petersburg, Florida-based IFCN is funded by grants from the Omidyar Network and the National Endowment for Democracy, and "it will support and study the work of 64 fact-checking organizations spanning six continents..."

“Poynter’s mission is to advance journalistic excellence that serves democracy, and I can’t think of a more appropriate or important initiative than the International Fact-Checking Network,” said Poynter President Tim Franklin. “We’ve seen the huge impact of PolitiFact in the U.S. in recent years. Alexios and IFCN will foster the growth globally of this vitally important work that holds public officials accountable.”

Mantzarlis is currently the managing editor of Pagella Politica, a fact-checking site in Italy. He also co-founded FactCheckEU.org.

Kristen Hare covers the media for the Poynter Institute. Her work for Poynter has earned her a Mirror Award nomination. Hare, a graduate of the University of Missouri's School of Journalism, spent 5 years as the Sunday features writer and an assistant editor at the St. Joseph (Missouri) News-Press, and five years as a staff writer covering race, immigration, the census and aging at the St. Louis Beacon. She also spent two years with the Peace Corps in Guyana, South America. Hare and her family live outside Tampa.