Jon Ham joined the John Locke Foundation in February 2005. Prior to joining JLF he had worked for The Herald-Sun newspapers in Durham, NC, for 19 years, 13 of those as managing editor and four as director of digital publishing.
He has worked for newspapers in Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia, and also worked for four years as a gubernatorial press secretary.
He has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master's degree in political science from Auburn University. He did three years of doctoral work in political science at Duke University before joining The Durham Sun in 1985.
(9.06.12) How to downplay an embarrassing story
The N&O buries the one moment of real drama at the Democratic National Convention.
(3.21.12) Death of a narrative
The world's media found the neo-Nazi meme in stories about the school shooting in France just too enticing.
(1.03.12) A Pauline Kael Syndrome at The News & Observer?
When it comes to quoting blog sites in The News & Observer, the liberal Huffington Post seems to be a favorite.
(10.19.11) Post Amazed by Obama Teleprompter Ridicule
The Washington Post is at a loss to explain all the jokes about President Obama's reliance on a teleprompter.
(10.14.11) Pictures don’t lie, unless you want them to
Sometimes the media's gullibility (or complicity, take your pick) is just laughable.
(9.28.11) To media, rise in health care costs is a total mystery
Seriously now, how does a major wire service and a major newspaper run a story about rising health care costs and NOT mention ObamaCare?
(9.22.11) Do media suddenly realize the emperor has no clothes?
The Cincinnati Enquirer's use of a snarky editorial headline tells a lot about Obama's falling fortunes, with the media and the voters.
(9.20.11) Bloggers help readers learn ‘the rest of the story’
Most readers think they're getting the whole story when they read something in their morning paper. Don't bet the farm on it.
(9.06.11) AP goes with bias, then airbrushes it away hours later
The temptation to add bias to a news story was too great for an Associated Press reporter or editor.
(9.02.11) It’s always open season on Southern culture
Why do Yankee reporters and columnists so eagerly put down Southern culture, food and accents, when they would never do it for any other culture?