In the world of politics, few women are as inspiring to me as Mary Katherine Ham.
Born in 1980, Mary Katharine became a fourth generation journalist starting the grind with the Richmond County Daily Journal, regularly covering events such as football games. Her rise to fame would be through hard work, diligence, good humor and brains. She is an award winning reporter, who regularly appears on CNN as a commentator, writes for the Federalist, and too infrequently appears on the podcast Ladybrains.
If I looked up to Mary Katharine for only her career, there would be much to look up to, but there is more to her than her work.
She is a mom to two young girls and walks through the ups and downs of life with a smile and humour. This was shown when her husband Jacob Brewer tragically died in a bike crash. Mary Katharine posted this to her instagram, after his passing, “I will strive and pray not to feel I was cheated of many years with him, but cherish the gift of the years I had. In a life where nothing is guaranteed, Jake made the absolute, ever-lovin’ most of his time with all of us.” The strength and dignity with which she walks through life is inspiring.
Not one to be ordinary, Mary Katharine often goes overboard for Halloween costumes, coordinating matching or themed costumes for her and her two daughters. Her zeal for life is shown in her instagram posts, which range from her cross country trip with two young children, to her attending football games, wearing a bright red rose necklace (Go Dawgs).
If she’s at home, she can be found cooking the quintessential American breakfast of coffee and bacon. She can also be found fundraising or helping with events for the Travis Mason Foundation.
The vision of the Travis Mason Foundation is “to create a nation of purpose-driven individuals and thriving communities that is built on character.”
In 2018, she set out to hike 42 Miles in 24 Hours. This was not a normal hike. It but it was the whole Maryland portion of the Appalachian trail. The money raised from this went to the Travis Mason Foundation. Although she was not able to complete the hike, it made for a interesting podcast episode and the money went to a wonderful cause.
Mary Katharine often spars with those who have different political stances, but she does it kindly while not allowing herself to be walked over. The grace she gives to those who she disagrees with is commendable and to be admired.
In an era where women are in the spotlight, Mary Katharine is a true American woman who I will look up too and aspire to be like.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.