The Snopes.com website was founded by David Mikkelson in 1994.
Originally created as an expression of his interest in researching urban legends, Snopes has since grown into the oldest and largest fact-checking site on the Internet. It is widely regarded by journalists, folklorists, and laypersons alike as one of the “world’s essential resources.” Snopes.com is routinely included in annual “Best of the Web” lists and has been the recipient of two Webby awards. The Snopes.com team have made multiple appearances as guests on national news programs such as 20/20, ABC World News, CNN Sunday Morning and NPR’s All Things Considered, and have been profiled in numerous major news publications, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Reader’s Digest.
With over 20 years’ experience as a professional researcher and writer, David has created in Snopes.com what has come to be regarded as an online touchstone of rumor research. The site’s work has been described as painstaking, scholarly, and reliable, and has been lauded by the world’s top folklorists, including Jan Harold Brunvand, Gary Alan Fine, and Patricia Turner. Hundreds of the site’s articles have been cited by authors in a variety of disciplines, and several of their articles have been published in textbooks currently in use in American and Canadian school systems.