A journalist by profession, throughout most of his career Ken Oliver-Méndez 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 native 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 and serving as Spanish-language coach to the President.

Ken also previously served as a congressional press secretary, International Radio Broadcaster at the Voice of America 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, Press Secretary to the President of the Senate 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-Méndez
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.

August 23, 2015, 5:47 PM EDT

Una campaña patrocinada por Planned Parenthood para revocar las leyes anti-aborto vigentes en Perú recibió una cobertura favorable y parcializada en el principal noticiero nacional vespertino de Univisión.

August 19, 2015, 8:57 PM EDT

The Planned Parenthood-sponsored campaign to overturn current anti-abortion laws in Peru received completely one-sided, favorable coverage on Univision’s principal national evening newscast.

August 13, 2015, 6:03 PM EDT

Judging from his diverging comments to English and Spanish-language media outlets, when it comes to immigration Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders seems increasingly prone to speaking out of both sides of his mouth.

August 11, 2015, 8:40 PM EDT

Si quedaba alguna duda sobre si inmigrantes no autorizados tomarían puestos de los ciudadanos estadounidenses, se despejó con la decisión del consejo de la ciudad de Huntington Park, en California de nombrar dos inmigrantes no autorizados para servir en dos distintas comisiones de dicha urbe.

August 11, 2015, 6:07 PM EDT

If there was ever any doubt about whether unauthorized immigrants take positions away from U.S. citizens, it was just dispelled when the City Council of Huntington Park, California decided to appoint two unauthorized immigrants to serve on two separate city commissions.

August 5, 2015, 2:20 PM EDT

Donald Trump disfruta de una mayor tasa de favoritismo entre los republicanos latinos que Jeb Bush y cualquier otro candidato republicano en la contienda, reportó Univisión.

August 4, 2015, 11:05 PM EDT

Donald Trump enjoys a higher favorability rating among Latino Republicans than Jeb Bush and every other candidate in the Republican presidential field, Univision reported.

August 2, 2015, 11:50 AM EDT

Durante una reciente entrevista en CNN, María Elena Salinas, conductora de Univisión, hizo una audaz reivindicación, declarando que la cobertura noticiosa de su cadena es "imparcial y equilibrada". La credibilidad de la reivindicación de Salinas, no obstante, es seriamente socavada por el reciente historial de la cadena cubriendo noticias del acontecer político estadounidense.

August 2, 2015, 11:17 AM EDT

During a recent interview on CNN, Univision anchor María Elena Salinas made the bold claim that her network’s news coverage is "fair and balanced." The credibility of Salinas’ claim, however, is seriously undermined by the network’s recent track record covering U.S. political news.

July 26, 2015, 11:51 AM EDT

El conductor de Telemundo, José Díaz Balart, no logró llegar muy lejos cuando trató de cuestionar a Donald Trump durante el viaje del candidato republicano dominante a la frontera entre los Estados Unidos y México.

July 26, 2015, 11:27 AM EDT

Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart did not get very far trying to question Donald Trump during the leading Republican presidential candidate’s recent trip to the U.S.-Mexico border.

As Díaz-Balart started to launch into a question, with the words “Many feel that what you said when you said that people that cross the border are rapists and murderers” Trump abruptly cut Díaz-Balart off and lambasted what he termed media “misinterpretation,” to loud cheers from onlookers.