Jon Ham joined the John Locke Foundation on Feb. 21, 2005. Prior to joining JLF he had worked for The Herald-Sun newspapers in Durham, NC, for 19 years, 13 of those as managing editor and four as director of digital publishing.

He has worked for newspapers in Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia, and also worked for four years as a gubernatorial press secretary.

He has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master's degree in political science from Auburn University. He did three years of doctoral work in political science at Duke University before joining The Durham Sun in 1985.

Posts by JonHam (page 1)

  • Another CJ parody comes true

    Readers of Carolina Journal know that on our back page every month we do a parody that skewers politicians, bureaucrats, or liberals in general. Quite often we find that, a month or two later, the parody turns out to be real life. The one we did in June is…
    JonHam, August 18, 2015
  • Durham wants me to pay rent on something I already own

    I got a letter yesterday from Donald Long, the director of Durham’s Solid Waste Management department. In that letter he gave me, and everyone in Durham, I imagine, the good news that the city would begin, on July 1, charging a $1.50 per month rental fee for those large…
    JonHam, May 27, 2015
  • NC’s dramatic rise in economic outlook rankings

    The left can moan all they want about the approach Republicans in the legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory are taking with regard to economic growth in North Carolina, but the results are undeniable. North Carolina is ranked fourth in the nation in economic outlook for 2015 in the latest…
    JonHam, April 9, 2015
  • North Carolina firms, institutions rank high with Forbes

    Forbes has just released its list of the nation’s best employers. North Carolina placed 11 firms or institutions on the 503-member list. Here they are: 30. Quintiles, Durham. 31. SAS, Cary. 50. UNC Health Care, Chapel Hill 89. Carolinas Health Care System, Charlotte 95.
    JonHam, April 8, 2015
  • Has the OECD been reading JLF reports?

    The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has told France that it needs to cut taxes, cut the power of labor unions, streamline its oppressive bureaucracy, and get rid of burdensome regulations in order to get out of its economic doldrums. Have they been reading research from the John…
    JonHam, April 2, 2015
  • Historic preservation tax credits and American Tobacco Campus

    The Herald-Sun had a story the other day about how the renovation of the American Tobacco Campus could not have been accomplished without historic tax credits. The officials interviewed for the story, Mayor Bill Bell, Durham State Sen. Floyd McKissick, and former Downtown Durham Inc. President Bill Kalkhof…
    JonHam, February 5, 2015
  • Alabama’s conservative think tank gets a new leader

    When your think tank’s president runs for Congress and wins the Republican primary in a heavily Republican district, you’re going to need a new president. That’s what happened to the Alabama Policy Institute when its president of the past 25 year, Gary Palmer, became the Republican nominee for the…
    JonHam, September 12, 2014
  • Dispatches from the campaign trail, Sept. 12, 2014

    • Democratic candidates and unions are inseparable on the campaign trail, as Sen. Kay Hagan and “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken show: “Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and congressional candidate Clay Aiken are among the scheduled speakers at the annual convention of the state AFL-CIO in Raleigh. Almost 200…
    JonHam, September 12, 2014