Ken Oliver-Méndez is Director of MRC Latino. He is an award-winning journalist and former White House Director of Specialty Media
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 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.
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-Méndez
During the Trump administration Hispanic unemployment has hit five all-time record lows, but the nation’s number one Spanish-language television newscast, Noticiero Univision, once again blew off the latest blockbuster economic news for the country’s largest minority group, which participates in the American labor force at a higher rate than any other segment of the U.S. population.
At a clip of about one bald-faced lie or distortion every 11 seconds, Univision Washington correspondent Pablo Gato evidently decided the murderous attack on two mosques in New Zealand by a white supremacist was just the moment to pull out all the stops in his anti-Trump repertoire.
The ‘hate crime hoax’ phenomenon is alive and well at Telemundo. The Spanish-language sister network to NBC really made a fool of itself in a story on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) annual “Year in Hate” report.
Just as he did in 2016, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is once again badly tripping up in his interviews on Univision. In his latest interview with the top U.S. Spanish-language media outlet, the Vermont senator's evident soft spot for disastrous socialist leaders and governments in Latin America left aghast both the network’s viewers and anchors.
Several days after the poll’s initial release and following repeated Twitter prodding on the subject by the President himself, the nation’s top two Spanish-language television networks finally got around to reporting on the big jump in job approval for Trump among Hispanics.
Once again showing systemic anti-Trump bias, the principal national evening newscasts of the six leading Spanish-language television networks in the United States all pointedly declined to report on President Donald Trump’s soaring job approval ratings among Hispanic-Americans.
Texas Pastor Ramiro Peña has been one of Donald Trump’s most prominent Hispanic evangelical supporters and advisors since the 2016 presidential campaign.
Tal y como MRC Latino ha documentado desde su creación en 2014, algunos de los peores prejuicios liberales en la cobertura de noticias televisivas sobre la política estadounidense van al aire por Telemundo y Univisión. Sin embargo, como también hemos señalado a lo largo de los años, ambas redes cubren con regularidad los desarrollos caóticos que ocurren en Venezuela donde el gobierno de Nicolás Maduro está tambaleándose y al borde de colapsar.
As MRC Latino has documented since its inception in 2014, some of the worst liberal bias in television news coverage of American politics airs on Telemundo and Univision. However, as MRC Latino has also pointed out over the years, both networks have also consistently stood out in covering chaotic developments in Venezuela, where the government of dictator Nicolás Maduro is now teetering on the brink of collapse.
En otra evidente señal de que simplemente no toleran más logros positivos de Trump en la economía, los principales noticiarios nocturnos nacionales en Univisión, Telemundo y CNN en Español, dejaron fuera de sus reportes la tercer baja alcanzada bajo el gobierno de Trump en el desempleo hispano, que cayó a 4,4% en diciembre de 2018.
In yet another telltale sign that they just can’t take any more Trump era “winning” on the economy, the principal national evening news programs of Univision, Telemundo and CNN en Español all neglected to inform their viewers that Hispanic-American unemployment hit its third record low achieved under the Trump administration, falling to 4.4% in December, 2018.
Entre todas las cadenas de televisión, Univisión fue la única en presentar un informe detallado sobre la declaración más explícita hecha hasta el momento por el papa Francisco acerca de la incompatibilidad del estilo de vida de orgullo gay y el sacerdocio católico.
Among the broadcast television networks, Univision stands out as the only one that provided a thorough report on Pope Francis’ most explicit statement to date on the incompatibility of a 'gay pride' lifestyle and the Catholic priesthood.
Qué conveniente para los demócratas. Un comercial de Univisión de última hora para el llamado al voto (Get-Out-The-Vote -GOTV) pautado en los medios sociales con la participación del principal talento de la cadena, hizo un llamado a los electores a votar en base a los temas impulsados por los demócratas, dejando afuera la principal propuesta de los republicanos: la economía.
Para las dos principales cadenas de televisión hispana en la nación, las celebraciones anuales del "Día de los muertos" fueron más importantes que decenas de miles de latinos en los Estados Unidos consiguiendo puestos de trabajo y el nivel de desempleo más bajo en récord entre hispanos.
How convenient for the Democrats. A last-minute Univision Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) ad that ran on social media, featuring a line-up of the network's top talent, called on voters to base their votes only on core issues pushed by the Democrats, and left out the leading issue (the economy) promoted by Republicans
At the nation’s top two Hispanic television networks, the annual “Day of the Dead” celebrations were more important than tens of thousands of Latinos in the U.S. getting jobs, and driving unemployment among Latinos to yet another record low.