Jon Ham joined the John Locke Foundation in February 2005 as vice president for communications and publisher of Carolina Journal. 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.
He is the father of 2014 CPAC Blogger of the Year Mary Katharine Ham, who is editor-at-large for HotAir.com and a Fox News contributor, appearing regularly as an analyst on "The O'Reilly Factor" and other Fox News programs.
(8.19.14) When the Price of Access Is Too Steep
Media outlets should think twice about maintaining cozy relationships with murderous regimes.
(7.22.14) Beware of the Press Release
Journalists ought to exercise more caution in reporting statements that advance an advocacy group's narrative.
(6.19.14) The Exit of Ethics From Journalism
What once was key to journalistic practice appears now as an afterthought.
(3.27.14) Did the Man Bite the Dog in a Progressive Way?
Media outlets’ devotion to a left-wing narrative stops them from practicing good old-fashioned journalism.
(2.25.14) Media Scrutiny of the ‘Unsavory’ Past
News organizations need to exercise consistency when pointing to past actions that public actors would rather forget.
(1.23.14) Without Fear Or Favor?
Today’s mainstream journalists appear more interested in protecting an ideological narrative than in reporting the truth.
(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.