Mary Katharine Ham

Mary Katharine Ham is a CNN Political Commentator and a Senior Writer at The Federalist. During the 2016 presidential election cycle, she co-moderated a GOP primary debate on ABC. Prior to joining CNN, she was a weekly commentator on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor.” She is 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 her county’s largest legumes before embracing new media and heading to Washington, D.C. Her career goal has been to discover the formula for talking about politics without being a blowhard. She is a Twitter enthusiast, a lover of original Coca-Cola, an devoted reader of Bachelor recaps, a member of the Travis Manion Foundation board, and a mother of two who hiked Kilimanjaro on her honeymoon.