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).

On April 2, 2021, Houston police seized a breakfast burrito concealing crystal methamphetamine at William P. Hobby Airport.
Was Meth Found in Breakfast Burrito at Houston Airport?
  • 19 April 2021
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials thought the burrito looked peculiar with an "unidentified lump" in...
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Beer, Beverage, Alcohol
Was Adam Toledo a Member of Latin Kings Gang?
  • 17 April 2021
"[Adam] was a good kid without a criminal record," his family's attorney said.
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Person, Human, Pedestrian
Was George Floyd’s Girlfriend Daunte Wright’s Teacher?
  • 15 April 2021
"(I'm) crushed," said Courteney Ross, the former partner of Floyd, after a suburban Minneapolis cop...
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Person, Human, Astronaut
Are These Rumors About Daunte Wright’s Criminal Record True?
  • 14 April 2021
Some Americans routinely draw attention to the criminal histories of Black men who die in...
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Face, Person, Human
Is This Post About Kim Potter, Ex-Cop Who Shot Daunte Wright, True?
  • 13 April 2021
Potter resigned from the suburban Minneapolis police force two days after Wright's death.
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Minnesota officials deployed the state's National Guard in response to protests against the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright on April 11, 2021.
Was National Guard Deployed in Minneapolis After Police Shooting of Daunte Wright?
  • 12 April 2021
Already, hundreds of officers were standing guard in the city due to the trial of...
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Text, Word, Banner
Did Fox News Air Pornographic Photos Showing Hunter Biden?
  • 13 April 2021
As of this writing, it is not yet known whether the pictures are authentic photographs...
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Person, Human, Astronaut
Did Astronaut Scott Kelly’s Heart Shrink From Space Travel?
  • 8 April 2021
A group of doctors researched the effect of Earth's gravitational pull on the human cardiovascular...
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Person, Human, Poster
Did Texas Rep. Talarico Open Up About Having Diabetes and Announce Insulin Cap Bill?
  • 8 April 2021
He tweeted: "3 years ago I almost slipped into a coma and died."
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Sunlight, Flare, Light
Is Biden Admin Restarting Border Wall Construction?
  • 7 April 2021
Joe Biden promised not to build "another foot of wall" during his 2020 campaign.
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In an interview broadcast on April 4, 2021, Hunter Biden, the son of U.S. President Joe Biden, said in the past, he mistook parmesan cheese for crack cocaine, and accidentally smoked the dairy product.
Did Hunter Biden Say He Smoked Parmesan Cheese?
  • 6 April 2021
For people addicted to crack cocaine, cravings often drive decision-making.
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Tie, Accessories, Accessory
Did Hunter Biden Say Controversial Laptop ‘Could Be’ His?
  • 6 April 2021
It's also common for people to raise hypotheticals as answers to tough questions.
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