A journalist by profession, throughout most of his career Ken Oliver has worked at the crossroads of media and politics. Ken is currently Director of MRC Latino, the Media Research Center’s Hispanic media arm, dedicated to championing honest journalism in U.S. Spanish-language media.

Most of Ken’s career has been divided between his native Washington, D.C. and his mother's homeland of Puerto Rico. In Washington, during the administration of President George W. Bush, Ken was White House Director of Specialty Media, where he managed White House media relations with all domestic ethnic and religious media outlets, including production of the Spanish version of the President’s weekly radio address.

Ken also previously served as a congressional press secretary, evening news producer at Radio Martí and news editor at the NBC Radio Network. In Puerto Rico, Ken headed the speechwriting team of former Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño, served as the island’s Assistant Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and distinguished himself as an award-winning business journalist at Caribbean Business and the island’s leading daily newspaper, El Nuevo Día.

Ken holds a M.S. in Mass Communication from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. 

Latest from Ken Oliver
May 22, 2017, 6:30 PM EDT

On U.S. Spanish-language media, viewers are now being told that Trump’s policy of enforcing the nation’s immigration laws amounts to ‘ethnic cleansing’.

May 18, 2017, 6:02 PM EDT

En un segmento de los medios de comunicación cuyo presentador principal, Jorge Ramos de Univisión, se niega rotundamente a ser neutral en su cobertura del presidente Donald Trump, uno podría tener la impresión de que no hay ninguna cadena nacional en español que presente al presidente y sus políticas de manera justa frente a las audiencias, o donde tanto los rivales políticos  demócratas y republicanos  sean rutinariamente cuestionados ​​con el mismo rigor periodístico.

May 18, 2017, 11:27 AM EDT

Here’s Mega Noticiero anchor María Elvira Salazar doing something still infrequently seen in her media segment: standing up for impartiality as well as not letting a Democrat analyst get away with questionable or unfounded assertions about President Trump.

May 17, 2017, 3:02 PM EDT

Desde el comienzo del gobierno del presidente Donald Trump, los medios de comunicación liberales han caracterizado incesantemente los esfuerzos de los republicanos para mantener y dar cumplimiento a las leyes de inmigración de los Estados Unidos  como  "la criminalización de los inmigrantes".

May 16, 2017, 3:32 PM EDT

In lock step with the Democrats, since the beginning of the Trump administration, the liberal media have incessantly characterized Republican-led efforts to uphold and enforce the nation’s immigration laws as amounting to “the criminalization of immigrants.”

May 16, 2017, 1:56 PM EDT

Cuando se trata de celebrar e incitar a desobedecer las leyes de inmigración de Estados Unidos, es difícil pensar en alguien en América que pueda superar  a José Antonio Vargas.

May 15, 2017, 1:20 PM EDT

When it comes to celebrating and encouraging the defiance of U.S. immigration laws, it is hard to think of anyone in America today who can top José Antonio Vargas. The entire business model of the unauthorized immigrant founder of Define American and Emerging US is essentially based on the flagrant violation of the country’s immigration laws, so it should come as little surprise that Vargas, a former reporter at the Washington Post, also now champions non-citizen voting.

 

May 11, 2017, 3:14 PM EDT

Jorge Ramos, de Univisión, haría creer a sus espectadores que la elección de Donald Trump como presidente ha traído con ella un incremento alarmante de los grupos de odio en todo el país, comenzando por el amenazador Ku Klux Klan.

May 10, 2017, 3:11 PM EDT

Univision’s Jorge Ramos would have his viewers believe that the election of Donald Trump has brought with it an alarming rise in hate groups throughout the country, led by a menacing Ku Klux Klan. That’s why more than six months after the 2016 presidential election, Ramos is still repeating on his Sunday show (Al Punto, May 7, 2017) a segment of his signature October 2016 get-out-the-vote documentary, Hate Rising, featuring his interview with a leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

May 7, 2017, 1:28 PM EDT

Univisión y Telemundo casi nunca pierden la oportunidad de criticar al presidente Trump. Por ello, no fue de extrañar que ambas cadenas de habla hispana hicieran un gran alboroto sobre el hecho de que el presidente Trump, en un día en el que tenía otros tres actos públicos  (el Día Nacional de la Oración, la revocación y reemplazo de Obamacare por parte de la Cámara de Representantes y el 75 Aniversario de la Batalla del Mar de Coral), no asistió a la celebración del Cinco de Mayo en la Casa Blanca este año.

May 5, 2017, 7:32 PM EDT

Univision and Telemundo almost never miss a chance to pummel President Trump, so it comes as little surprise that both top domestic Spanish-language television networks made a big deal out of the fact that the President, on a day when he had three other major public events (National Day of Prayer, House passage of Obamacare repeal and replace and the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Coral Sea), skipped this year’s White House Cinco de Mayo celebration.

January 9, 2017, 10:04 AM EST

Univisión entró al nuevo año con un tropiezo. Volvió a mostrar su ceguera cuando se trata no solamente de conservadores sino también de noticias relacionadas con el segundo segmento más numeroso de la población hispano-estadounidense de la nación: los puertorriqueños.

January 6, 2017, 7:54 PM EST

Stumbling into the new year, Univision once again displayed the blind spot it tends to have when it comes not only to conservatives, but also to major news related to the nation’s second most numerous segment of the U.S. Hispanic population: Puerto Ricans.

December 31, 2016, 11:38 AM EST

Al llegar al fin del 2016 y comienzo del 2017 hay una práctica en Univisión y Telemundo que sigue igual: la habitual descripción deshonesta y descuidada de la política de inmigración del presidente electo Donald Trump - que procura mayor cumplimiento de las leyes inmigratorias del país - con la etiqueta "anti-inmigrante".

December 29, 2016, 11:03 AM EST

As we reach the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017, one thing remains a constant at Univision and Telemundo: the careless and calumnious characterization of Donald Trump's pro-law enforcement immigration policy as "anti-immigrant." During recent coverage of International Migrants Day marches in New York City and Los Angeles, Telemundo's news anchors essentially adopted the marchers' anti-Trump take as their own.

December 9, 2016, 1:00 PM EST

On December 8, 2016, Fusion, the millennial-targeted television network owned by the nation's largest Spanish-language broadcaster, Univision, posted an online cartoon titled "The best case scenarios under Trump."

September 28, 2015, 9:30 AM EDT

Los principales noticiarios vespertinos de las dos mayores cadenas hispanoparlantes, Noticiero Univisión y Noticiero Telemundo, trasmitieron masivamente más noticias sobre Trump que las tres principales cadenas angloparlantes, un nivel extraordinario de cobertura.

September 28, 2015, 8:30 AM EDT

Donald Trump’s entry into the U.S. presidential race changed all that. During the three months that elapsed between the day of Trump’s campaign announcement speech on June 16 and September 15, the day before the second Republican presidential candidates’ debate, Trump was the subject of 304 minutes of combined evening news coverage on Univision and Telemundo, compared with a total of 271 minutes on ABC, CBS and NBC.

August 26, 2015, 3:06 PM EDT

Reston, Virginia - Brent Bozell, presidente del Centro de Investigación Mediática (MRC, por sus siglas en inglés) y el director de MRC Latino, Ken Oliver Méndez emitieron las siguientes declaraciones, tras el reciente craso abandono de los estándares y protocolos periodísticos por parte del presentador Jorge Ramos, de Univisión y Fusión.

August 26, 2015, 2:52 PM EDT

Media Research Center (MRC) President Brent Bozell and MRC Latino Director Ken Oliver-Mendez issued the following statements in the wake of Univision/Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos’ crass abandonment last night of professional journalism standards and protocol.