Mary Katharine Ham
Photo of Mary Katharine Ham at CPAC, 2016
Ham in 2016
Born (1980-04-05) April 5, 1980 (age 44)
Alma materUniversity of Georgia
(m. 2011; died 2015)
Steve (Unspecified last name)
(m. 2020)

Mary Katharine Ham (born April 5, 1980) is an American journalist. She has been a contributing editor for Townhall and Hot Air,[1] a writer at The Federalist,[2] and a CNN contributor.[3]


Ham wrote for the Richmond County Daily Journal, where she was a columnist and managing editor, and The Washington Examiner.[4] 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.[5] The series ended in June 2008.[6]

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.[7][8]

Ham describes her political leaning as "primarily fiscal- and security-conscious conservative".[9]

At the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference, she was presented with the American Conservative Union Blogger of the Year award.[3][10]

In October 2022, Ham wrote that she had been quietly suspended from work at CNN for seven months after commenting on colleague Jeffrey Toobin's masturbation incident caught on Zoom while at work.[11]

Personal life

Ham was married to Jake Brewer, a White House aide.[12] The couple married in 2011; two years later, Ham gave birth to their first child, a girl.[13] Brewer died from serious injuries sustained in a bicycle accident on September 19, 2015, while Ham was in her third trimester of pregnancy with their second baby.[14] Ham gave birth to their second child, a girl, in late 2015.[15]

Ham remarried on March 7, 2020,[16] to a man "who has no social media presence".[17] As of March 2023, Ham has three daughters and a son.[18][19]



  1. ^ Rothstein, Betsy (July 11, 2012). "Ham Now Officially Full of HotAir". FishbowlDC, The Revolving Door. Mediabistro, Inc. Archived from the original on September 15, 2012. Retrieved September 30, 2023.
  2. ^ "CNN's Mary Katharine Ham: "Bare-Bones Junk Plans" Were Better Than Plans Under Obamacare". Media Matters for America. March 24, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "ACU Announced Mary Katharine Ham as Blogger of the Year ..." The American Conservative Union. March 6, 2014. Archived from the original on March 7, 2014. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  4. ^ Patrick (May 27, 2008). "Katharine Ham For". FishbowlDC, The Revolving Door. Mediabistro, Inc. Archived from the original on March 7, 2014. Retrieved September 28, 2009.
  5. ^ Kevin Aylward (November 11, 2007). "Video of the Year". The 2007 Weblog Awards. Archived from the original on December 12, 2007. Retrieved December 23, 2007.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  6. ^ Mary Katharine Ham (June 6, 2008). "Last HamNation: Obama on Your Shoulder!". Archived from the original on August 9, 2009.
  7. ^ Brewer, Jake (August 22, 2011). "The Morning Majority on WMAL". Flickr. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
  8. ^ Rothstein, Betsy (March 5, 2012). "WMAL's Ham Abruptly Signs Off". FishbowlDC, The Revolving Door. Mediabistro, Inc. Retrieved November 9, 2013.
  9. ^ Ryan Grim (June 3, 2007). "BlogJam: Hammin' it up". Politico.
  10. ^ CPAC 2014 – Blogger of the Year Award – Mary Katharine Ham. YouTube. March 7, 2014. Archived from the original on December 19, 2021. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  11. ^ Mary Katharine Ham (October 6, 2022). "In the Age of Quiet Quitting, I Was Quiet Suspended, And I Can't Shut Up About It". Retrieved October 9, 2022.
  12. ^ "Mary Katharine's Husband JAKE BREWER on WMAL". YouTube. 2011. Archived from the original on December 19, 2021. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  13. ^ "Fantastic news! Conservative superstar Mary Katharine Ham is expecting a baby". Twitchy Media. June 7, 2013. I make a joyous announcement on a wholesome late-night show.
  14. ^ Balingit, Moriah; Siddiqui, Faiz (September 20, 2015). "'I lost part of my heart': Beloved White House staffer Jake Brewer mourned". The Washington Post.
  15. ^ Joyella, Mark (November 30, 2015). "Mary Katherine Ham Gives Birth to Daughter". TV Newser.
  16. ^ Staff (March 7, 2020). "Birthday of the day: Guy Benson, political editor, Fox News contributor and host of 'The Guy Benson Show'". Politico. Archived from the original on December 6, 2020.
  17. ^ Ham, Mary Katharine (October 27, 2019). "Mary Katharine Ham Finds Love Again". (Interview). Interviewed by Alison Rosen. Archived from the original on December 6, 2020.
  18. ^ 345 w/Mary Katharine Ham "The Moronic Inferno b/w Hammer of the Gods" (podcast). The Fifth Column. February 10, 2022. Event occurs at 3:05 o. Retrieved February 18, 2022.
  19. ^ Mary Katharine Ham: Welcome, Baby Cal, My Latest and Biggest Baby!, Substack, 2023/01/20