Nicholas Blackmer Title: Fact Checker Education: Boston University, Simmons University Location: Freedom, Maine Expertise: Consumer content on health and wellness Worked as a reference librarian when the web was newHas over 20 years’ experience as a researcher in print publishingWas involved in the development and revision of hundreds of publicationsExperienced with content on consumer health, patient education, safety, emergency preparedness, violence prevention, child abuse prevision, substance abuse, healthcare staff training, and parenting Experience Nick Blackmer began his information-digging career as a library reference assistant, then worked for more than 20 years as a researcher and fact checker in print publishing before moving into digital publishing. He’s worked on content spanning the human life cycle, from pregnancy to palliative care and many points in between. Education Nick received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Boston University and a Master of Library and Information Science from Simmons University. As a graduate student, he honed his research and fact-checking skills at the reference desk in the undergraduate library. About Real Simple Real Simple, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning, trusted online resource for for smart, authentic solutions to simplify your life. We reach 11 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact-checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.