Mary Katharine Ham

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Mary Katharine Ham
Photo of Mary Katharine Ham at CPAC, 2014
Mary Katharine Ham at CPAC, 2014
Born (1980-04-05) April 5, 1980 (age 36)
Montgomery, Alabama, USA
Occupation Journalist
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jake Brewer (2011–2015; his death)
Children 2

Mary Katharine Ham (born April 5, 1980) is an American journalist. She is editor at large of Hot Air, a contributing editor to Townhall Magazine, senior writer at The Federalist[1] and a CNN contributor.[2] At CPAC 2014, she was presented with the ACU Blogger of the Year award.[3] She was previously a Fox News Channel contributor[4] for eight years.[5]

Life and career[edit]

Ham was born on April 5, 1980, in Montgomery, Alabama. She was raised in Durham, North Carolina, and graduated from Riverside High School in 1998.[6] She graduated in 2002 with a bachelor of arts degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia.

Ham wrote for the Richmond County Daily Journal, where she was a columnist and managing editor, and The Washington Examiner.[7] Her video blog series for, HamNation, won a Golden Dot award for Best Vlog of 2006 from the Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet and her HamNation video, "Sopranos DC", was voted "Video of the Year" in the 2007 Weblog Awards.[8] The series ended in June 2008.[9]

Ham was a host of The Morning Majority (5–9 a.m., Monday-Friday) on WMAL (simulcast on 105.9 FM and 630 AM) in Washington, D.C., until March 5, 2012.[10][11]

She has written for The Daily Caller and The Weekly Standard and was formerly a paid contributor on the Fox News Channel. Ham appeared regularly on Bill O'Reilly's Fox News Channel program, The O'Reilly Factor, usually with Juan Williams, and she has been a guest panelist on Fox's late-night satire show Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld. On February 4, 2014, she appeared on The View as a guest co-host.[12] Ham describes her political leaning as "primarily fiscal- and security-conscious conservative".[13]

At CPAC 2014, she was presented with the ACU Blogger of the Year award.[3][14]

Personal life[edit]

Ham was married to Jake Brewer, a White House aide and co-founder of the immigration activism group, Define American. The couple married in 2011; two years later, Ham gave birth to their first child, a girl. Brewer died from injuries sustained in a bicycle accident in September 2015,[15][16][16][17][18] Ham gave birth to their second child, a girl, in late 2015.[19]

Her father, Jon Ham, is also a journalist and blogger.[20]

In 2011 she ran the Marine Corps Marathon in 4:22:14 with her husband.


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  1. ^ "Mary Katharine Ham at The Federalist". Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  2. ^ "Brian Stelter on Twitter: "Former Fox News contributor @MKHammer is joining CNN - her first day on the air as a commentator is today."". 2008-04-24. Retrieved 2016-03-01. 
  3. ^ a b "ACU Announced Mary Katharine Ham as Blogger of the Year ...". The American Conservative Union. March 6, 2014. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ Rothstein, Betsy (July 11, 2012). "Ham Now Officially Full of HotAir". FishbowlDC, The Revolving Door. Mediabistro, Inc. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Things, they are a'changin — @mkhammer". 2016-01-03. Retrieved 2016-03-01. 
  6. ^ Ham, Jon (August 17, 2011). "Trinity Park's Mary Katharine Ham to speak in Durham". JLF Triangles Blog. John Locke Foundation. 
  7. ^ Patrick (May 27, 2008). "Katharine Ham For". FishbowlDC, The Revolving Door. Mediabistro, Inc. Retrieved September 28, 2009. 
  8. ^ Kevin Aylward (November 11, 2007). "Video of the Year". The 2007 Weblog Awards. 
  9. ^ Mary Katharine Ham (June 6, 2008). "Last HamNation: Obama on Your Shoulder!". 
  10. ^ Brewer, Jake (August 22, 2011). "The Morning Majority on WMAL". Flickr. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  11. ^ Rothstein, Betsy (March 5, 2012). "WMAL's Ham Abruptly Signs Off". FishbowlDC, The Revolving Door. Mediabistro, Inc. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  12. ^ Treacher, Jim (February 7, 2014). "And here's Mary Katharine Ham on The View [VIDEO]". The Daily Caller. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ Ryan Grim (June 3, 2007). "BlogJam: Hammin' it up". The Politico. 
  14. ^ CPAC 2014 – Blogger of the Year Award – Mary Katharine Ham. YouTube. March 7, 2014. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Mary Katharine's Husband JAKE BREWER on WMAL". YouTube. 2011. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b Balingit, Moriah; Faiz Siddiqui (September 20, 2015). "'I lost part of my heart': Beloved White House staffer Jake Brewer mourned – The Washington Post". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 23, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Fantastic news! Conservative superstar Mary Katharine Ham is expecting a baby". Twitchy Media. June 7, 2013. Retrieved March 7, 2014. I make a joyous announcement on a wholesome late-night show 
  18. ^ "Timeline Photos". Facebook. August 11, 2013. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 
  19. ^ Joyella, Mark (November 30, 2015). "Mary Katherine Ham Gives Birth to Daughter". TV Newser. AdWeek. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  20. ^ "Carolina Journal Print Columnists – Jon Ham". Carolina Journal Online. 2014. 

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