Mary Katharine Ham
Mary Katharine Ham
Mary Katharine Ham
Mary Katharine Ham is a senior writer at The Federalist. She is a CNN Contributor and recently co-moderated a GOP primary debate on ABC. She is an editor at BRIGHT. She's the co-author of "End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun)" and has written for HotAir, The Weekly Standard, and The Daily Caller. A fourth-generation journalist, she did a stint covering NASCAR, high school football, and the county's largest legumes before embracing New Media and heading to Washington DC, where her career goal has been to discover the formula for talking about politics without being a blowhard. She's a mom of two and a Twitter enthusiast who hiked Kilimanjaro on her honeymoon.
After My Husband’s Death, I’m Learning To Steward The Light He Left Behind

‘All of us who knew him and loved him are keepers of this fire. It’s there, and it lives on, and it is something we can breathe life into every day.’

Harvard Withdraws Fellow Title For Chelsea Manning After Public Protest From National Security Pillars

If we’re serious about treating trans people equally, Manning’s crimes should be treated seriously, not diminished or even celebrated because of one’s status as a transperson.

J.J. Watt’s $30 Million Harvey Haul Is Everything Great About America, The Internet, And Football

In Houston, Watt has always been a picture of martial spirit, resilience, and protecting his community. It’s no surprise when he asked for help to do just those things in the wake of Harvey, America answered.

Six Other Things Verrit Will Feature That Are Unrepresented in Media

Verrit will search far and wide to find people brave enough to talk publicly from a liberal perspective about how misogyny, sexism, and racism plague politics.

J.J. Watt’s Crowdfunding Effort For Houston Tops $4 Million With $1 Million Gift From Titans Owner

‘You feel a little bit helpless. So I wanted to do whatever we possibly could, and I knew that I wanted to get out in front of it quick.’

Do You Think PETA’s Mad Everyone’s A Troll Now?

In America, you don’t have to choose between shooting selfies and animals.

Don’t Let The Internet Bully You Into Picking Online Signaling Over Offline Friendships

My Twitter feed during a rough news week is not the fullness of my life or American society. Sometimes, ignoring it and being a good, old-fashioned friend and neighbor is more effective.

Durham Police Took Pictures While Protesters Vandalized. Seattle Police Think That’s Insane

Seattle sent the message that law enforcement will take pretty reasonable measures to ensure that tense situations don’t explode into violent situations. Durham didn’t.

‘The Great Comet’s’ Broadway Flame-Out Shows A Single-Minded Drive For Diversity Can Destroy

On September 3, the cast of ‘Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812’ will perform its last show. The story of its demise is of a single-minded drive for diversity destroying art and opportunity.

Trump TV Is Just A Less Artsy Version of Obama’s West Wing Week. Why Is Everyone Shocked By It?

Like ‘Trump TV,’ ‘West Wing Week’ clips were made to look like real news, but unlike Trump’s version, national newscasts actually used them as real news.

Lena Dunham, Reporting People To Authorities For Disagreeing With You Is Creepy Bullying, Not Heroism

Dunham isn’t content to publicly lecture about trans issues. She wants to punish people who disagree with her, going after their jobs without so much as a conversation with them.

This Vanity Fair Lionization Of The Press Is Why Everyone Hates The Press

The press is constantly saying this president is losing credibility without recognizing it is in the exact same predicament.

To Media And GOP Leadership, Some Obamacare Victims Matter More Than Others

These people were lied to repeatedly, made to bear the brunt of Obamacare’s costs and broken promises, and now denigrated for daring to point out they have been hurt.

Rep. Steve Scalise Released From Hospital, Begins Rehabilitation

‘He is in good spirits and is looking forward to his return to work once he completes rehabilitation,’ says Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s office.

New DOJ Rules Increasing Civil Asset Forfeiture Are An Exercise In Swamp Filling

The Trump administration came into office promising to respect states and drain the swamp. This decision does neither.

How To Decode The Symbolism In This Irish Mom’s Spoof Of Beyonce’s Photoshoot

I had feared it was unwise for Beyonce to give ideas to mere mortals that they, too, can survive Glamour Shots lighting and harsh sunlight. 

How The Viral Facebook GIF Game Got Me Thinking About The Meaning Of Life

We all grapple with life being short, repetitive, hard, and lonely. I was struck that these short, repetitive video GIFS, in isolation seemingly shallow, became heartfelt and imbued with real human connection in my life.

Going To The Mats For Free Speech Sometimes Means Letting Trolls Go Unpunished

Sorry, Kirsten Powers, media don’t owe every troll anonymity, but doing disproportionate warfare with them can endanger the speech of others.

Meet The Only Woman With Her Name On An Official Declaration Of Independence

Mary Katharine Goddard, patriot and publisher, printed the first Declaration of Independence with signatures, and put her name in history.

New York Times Says Happy Birthday To America With Most New York Times Hot-Dog Tasting Ever

It’s almost 4th of July. What better way to celebrate than to taste a bunch of hot dogs and confirm every preconceived notion anyone outside your immediate circle has about you?