Ken Oliver

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Director of MRC Latino


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 last year of 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

La victoriosa trayectoria del gobierno de Trump contra el desempleo entre los hispanos de la nación finalmente llegó a las noticias en Univisión y CNN en Español.



The Trump administration’s winning record on Hispanic unemployment finally received a long overdue nod of recognition from top national Spanish-language media outlets Univision and CNN en Español. As unemployment among the nation’s largest minority group fell for the second consecutive, record-setting month, both Univision and CNN en Español trumpeted the news in their principal national evening news programs.



Olvídese de Hitler, Pol Pot o Genghis Khan, por nombrar solo algunos de los principales contendientes por el título. Después de la más reciente reunión entre el presidente Trump y el presidente de Rusia Vladimir Putin, la presentadora Adriana Yañez, de Estrella TV, abrió el noticiero nacional de su cadena con la declaración de que Donald Trump se lleva el título del “peor mandatario en la historia".



Move over Hitler, Pol Pot, or Genghis Khan, to name just a few prime contenders for the title. Following President Trump’s latest meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, anchor Adriana Yañez of Estrella TV opened her network’s national evening news by telling viewers that it is President Trump who is “the worst ruler in history.”



Un minúsculo grupo de manifestantes que abogan por la abolición de ICE recibió tratamiento mayúsculo en Telemundo, la misma cadena que pasó por desapercibidos a los 164,000 hispanos que acaban de ingresar a la fuerza laboral del país, así como el nivel de desempleo hispano más bajo en la historia.



Como parte de la perturbadora tendencia de presentar informes sesgados y distorsionados en contra de las autoridades de ley y orden a nivel local, estatal y federal, la presentadora de Telemundo, María Celeste Arrarás, declaró recientemente que la policía de Austin, Texas era culpable de "abuso clásico" al mostrar a sus televidentes un video de un arresto que se fue viral en los medios sociales, y en el que omitió datos claves sobre el suceso.



[Vean actualización al final] En la mañana del 6 de julio, el Departamento de Trabajo de los Estados Unidos anunció que el desempleo hispano en el país había alcanzado el nivel más bajo (4.6%) registrado en los 45 años que la agencia lleva contabilizando la estadística, desde 1973.



A rag-tag bunch of 10 protesters calling for the abolition of ICE received feature-coverage treatment on Telemundo, the same network which did not consider the 164,000 Hispanics entering the labor force in June and record-low Hispanic unemployment sufficiently newsworthy to even be mentioned.



In the latest example of slanted and distorted reporting against local, state and federal law enforcement officers, Telemundo host María Celeste Arrarás declared that members of the Austin, Texas Police Department were guilty of ‘classic abuse’ as she showed viewers a recent viral arrest video and failed to include in her report key facts about the case.



On the morning of July 6, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that Hispanic unemployment in the United States had reached its lowest level, 4.6%, in the 45 years since the agency first started keeping records on the statistic, back in 1973. One would think such a historic achievement would be news that night on the nation’s leading Spanish-language television news programs, but that was not the case.



Coverage of the “Abolish ICE” protesters who oppose the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy against illegal immigration has reached a fever pitch on the nation’s top Spanish-language media outlets.



El agudo desfase entre Univisión y la audiencia que supuestamente sirve y conoce - la población hispana de los Estados Unidos - es más evidente cada año durante el "Mes del Orgullo", esa época del año en que la comunidad LGBT del país hace gala de su estilo de vida.



The dramatic disconnect between Univision and the audience it purports to serve and know best - the U.S. Spanish-speaking Hispanic population - is especially evident each year during ‘Pride Month’, that time of the year when the nation’s LGBT community struts its stuff.



Telemundo, la cadena hermana de habla hispana de NBC, se opone tajantemente al anuncio del fiscal general de los Estados Unidos, Jeff Sessions, sobre los esfuerzos aunados de las autoridades policiales y judiciales federales para detener la ola de solicitudes de asilo ilegítimas que han inundado el sistema de inmigración de los Estados Unidos en años recientes.



United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that federal law enforcement and judicial authorities are now working in unison to stop the rash of illegitimate asylum claims that have plagued the U.S. immigration system in recent years is meeting with stiff opposition from Telemundo, the Spanish-language sister network of NBC.



Los medios liberales han llegado al punto que politizan hasta el juego inocente de un niño.



Now even innocent children’s play is politicized by the liberal media. Univision, the Spanish-language media giant that aspires to be a leader of the liberal media pack, illustrated the problem when it ginned up the “outrage” over little Prince George playing with a water pistol during a family outing to watch one of his Dad’s polo matches.



Ya es notoria la holgada victoria de las fuerzas proaborto que ocurrió en Irlanda el mes pasado.  Lo que es menos conocido es el papel activo que redes sociales como Facebook, Google y YouTube tomaron durante dicho proceso electoral, y su impacto en los resultados.



Las imposiciones de lo políticamente correcto y la supresión de la libertad de expresión sufrieron una derrota a manos de un estudiante de Liberty High School, en el estado de Oregón, y hasta Telemundo tomó nota.



En la desenfrenada pugna por presentar contenido dudoso y exagerado en las noticias, la cadena de habla hispana Estrella TV, con base en Los Ángeles, se lleva el premio al primer lugar.