@mkhammer

I'm Mary Katharine Ham. I talk about politics, but I like other things, too. I try not to be a blowhard.

Mary Katharine Ham is an author and CNN political commentator.

A fourth-generation newspaper journalist, she did a stint covering NASCAR, high school football, and the county's largest legumes before embracing new media and heading to Washington, D.C., where her career goal has been to discover the formula for talking about politics without being a blowhard.

She created The Heritage Foundation's first-ever blog in 2004, won several awards for her work in the fledgling online video world— her series, "HamNation"—and has written for "The Weekly Standard” and other publications.

She's from North Carolina and graduated from the University of Georgia, raised on a perfect combo of Tobacco Road basketball and SEC football. She serves on the board of the Travis Manion Foundation— a non-profit that does work with returning veterans and families of the fallen. She climbed Kilimanjaro on her honeymoon, and hopes to add more mountains to the list children in tow. She lives in the D.C. area with her two daughters.