Ken Shepherd lives in New Carrollton, Md., with his wife, Laura, and children Mercy and Abraham. Ken graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland in 2001 with a Bachelors of Arts in Government & Politics and a citation in Public Leadership. 

Ken has worked full-time for the Media Research Center since May 2001 and prior to that was an MRC New Analysis Division intern from October 1998 to May 2001. 

In his spare time, Ken enjoys karaoke, tennis, reading, and discussing theology or politics.

Latest from Ken Shepherd
June 9, 2015, 9:24 PM EDT

During a panel discussion on Tuesday's Hardball, MSNBC's Chris Matthews picked a fight with his panel's lone Republican, who was highlighting the hypocrisy of Hillary Clinton's left-wing populist attacks on wealth given the track record of the Clinton Foundation. Matthews snarled that the Foundation was truly a charitable enterprise, although tax records show roughly just one-tenth of Foundation revenues get converted to charitable grants.

June 9, 2015, 5:19 PM EDT

Free advice for Chris Matthews: Now that your wife is running for Congress, you might want to avoid the nasty on-air name-calling of Republicans with whom you disagree.

June 8, 2015, 8:15 PM EDT

Doing a postmortem of the Jodi Ernst's inaugural "Roast and Ride" event this weekend in Iowa, MSNBC's Chris Matthews has positive things to say about Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) as a strong contender for next January's caucuses in the Hawkeye State, namely that he had mixed it up with his network colleague Ed Schultz in the recall election and come out on top.

June 5, 2015, 12:56 PM EDT

Politico broke the story today.

June 4, 2015, 8:40 PM EDT

For the second night in a row, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews treated viewers to biased coverage of voting rights issues, amplifying Hillary Clinton's attack on the GOP in regards to voter ID laws and early-voting changes enacted at the state level. Oddly enough, however, Matthews failed to note that liberal Rhode Island, where Democratic primary rival Lincoln Chafee was recently governor, has no in-person early voting. What's more, in 2011 it was then-Gov. Lincoln Chafee who signed into law the state's voter ID legislation, sent to his desk by an overwhelmingly Democratic General Assembly.

June 4, 2015, 7:12 PM EDT

Taking umbrage with Alex Wagner's mockery of Lincoln Chafee for announcing he wants to take the U.S. into the metric system if he's elected president, former New York Times ethics columnist Randy Cohen playfully griped that the MSNBC host's program was at risk of being a virtual "wing of Fox News."

June 4, 2015, 5:18 PM EDT

Kudos to the Daily Beast for spotlighting an interesting story that most of the rest of the liberal media will no doubt ignore.

June 3, 2015, 9:13 PM EDT

On the night before Hillary Clinton's scheduled speech in Houston wherein she will call for a nationwide standard of 20 days of early voting, MSNBC host Chris Matthews subjected viewers to not one but two biased segments on the issue of "voter suppression." Additionally, he capped off his June 3 program with a "Let Me Finish" commentary slamming the GOP as the architect of "voter suppression" laws. 

At no point, of course, did Matthews find time to mention that a new poll shows that a majority of Democrats are fine with requiring a government-issued ID for voting.

June 3, 2015, 3:56 PM EDT

Earlier today Kathleen Matthews made it official. The former Washington, D.C., news anchor and wife of Hardball host Chris Matthews announced she's seeking the Democratic nomination for the Maryland congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D), who is seeking the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Mikulski, who is retiring.

June 1, 2015, 9:11 PM EDT

Wrapping up a gushy panel segment hailing Bruce Jenner's transition to "Caitlyn," a transgendered woman, MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews hailed the importance of being "good about these things" and affirming the life choices made by persons like Bruce Jenner with gender identification issues. At that, guests Eugene Robinson and Jennice Fuentes hailed Jenner as "beautiful" and "stunning" respectively. Matthews made sure to toss back, "I may not go that far" but quickly added, "but I do appreciate your taste."

June 1, 2015, 5:24 PM EDT

Newsweek writer Nina "Kneepads" Burleigh would have her readers believe that today's Republican Party is ideological soulmates with Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber: "McVeigh was executed in 2001, but since then, some of his militia ideals have gone mainstream and even been introduced as laws in many states, including Oklahoma. Legislators in dozens of states have submitted proposals to nullify or block federal laws — a longtime goal of militias. These have included exempting states from federal gun laws and educational standards, as well as, of course, Obamacare."

May 29, 2015, 5:04 PM EDT

MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews made perfectly clear he is over the moon with the newly "authentic" and "relatable" Hillary Clinton, beguiled by her jokes the other day at a South Carolina Democratic women's event about how she's been dying her hair for years and so won't go gray in the White House.

May 28, 2015, 8:49 PM EDT

Reposted today (July 21) in light of Kasich's formal announcement kicking off his presidential bid.

Chris Matthews has already scripted his dream scenario for the post-convention portion of the 2016 presidential race. Hillary Clinton is up 5 to 10 points in the polls and she selects, as a gracious move to prove she's about bringing all Americans together, Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) as her running mate.

Matthews offered this gem somewhat out of the blue during a segment on the May 28 edition of Hardball.

May 28, 2015, 5:14 PM EDT

Leave it to taxpayer-subsidized NPR to subtly shade its reporting on a federal government data breach in a way that softens the blow for the Internal Revenue Service.

May 27, 2015, 8:24 PM EDT

Leave it to MSNBC host Chris Matthews to inject an absurd political angle into a completely apolitical story involving international soccer. In the midst of a panel discussion about today's revelations regarding a Justice Department case against FIFA corruption, the Hardball host wondered why on Earth former Attorney General Eric Holder didn't stick around at the DOJ long enough to bask in the glow of the klieg lights at the press conference announcing the corruption indictments.

May 26, 2015, 9:25 PM EDT

Irish voters' approval of same-sex marriage via ballot referendum on Friday proved the perfect excuse for Hardball host Chris Matthews to bash Republican presidential contenders for their steadfast support for traditional marriage and criticism of judicial activism in redefining the institution.

For what it's worth, Matthews and his panelists all but smeared Ireland as, well, backwards for having held on to socially conservative policy positions while much of the rest of Europe was far more socially liberal.

May 26, 2015, 7:08 PM EDT

"Gun store raises hackles in Arlington," blared the Washington Post Metro section headline for Patricia Sullivan's May 26 story. "But neighbors have little recourse to block shop on Lee Highway," added the subhead.

May 22, 2015, 11:59 AM EDT

Kimberly Dozier of Daily Beast has an excellent piece today you might not see picked up by many in the Obama-puffing national media: "Special Ops to Obama: Let Us Fight ISIS, Already."

May 21, 2015, 8:46 PM EDT

Wrapping up a segment dealing with fresh revelations from newly-released Hillary Clinton emails, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews on Thursday night dutifully spun that Hillary's "secretive" nature was not a drawback but may in fact be a net positive: "Franklin Roosevelt, probably the best president we ever had, certainly in the 20th century, was very secretive and manipulative."

May 21, 2015, 7:06 PM EDT

Imagine, if you will, that a conservative Republican legislator in Texas who played a role in preventing direct-to-consumer sales of Tesla electric automobiles in the Lone Star State was on the record telling the media that he blamed "Mr. Tesla" for failing to do his part to make nice with the powerful car dealership lobby in Texas. But alas, it was a Democratic state legislator, Rep. Senfronia Thompson, who made the relevant remarks.