Husband of FNC Contributor Mary Katharine Ham Dies In Bike Accident

By Brian Flood 

Fox News Channel contributor Mary Katharine Ham announced the death of her husband, Jake Brewer, earlier today in an emotional Instagram post. Brewer was a White House staffer who was killed while participating in a bike ride for charity, according to The Washington Post. The Post reports Brewer lost control of his bike at a sharp curve near Mount Airy, Md., crossed the double yellow line and collided with an oncoming car.

We lost our Jake yesterday, and I lost part of my heart and the father of my sweet babies. I don’t have to tell most of you how wonderful he was. It was self-evident. His life was his testimony, and it was powerful and tender and fierce, with an ever-present twinkle in the eye. I will miss him forever, even more than I can know right now. No arms can be her father’s, but my daughter is surrounded by her very favorite people and all the hugs she could imagine. This will change us, but with prayer and love and the strength that is their companion, we can hope our heartache is not in vain– that it will change us and the world in beautiful ways, just as he did. If that sounds too optimistic at this time, it’s because it is. But there was no thought too optimistic for Jake, so take it and run with it. 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. This is a family picture we took a couple weeks ago. It was taken because Jake, as always, was ready with a camera and his immense talent. All four members of our little, growing family are in it. I can never be without him because these babies are half him. They are made of some of the strongest, kindest stuff God had to offer this world. Please pray that he can see us and we’ll all make him proud. God, I love him. Psalm 34:18, Philippians 1:3

A photo posted by Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammertime) on


FNC DC bureau managing editor Bill Sammon sent the following note to his staff:

“Our hearts go out to our dear friend and colleague Mary Katharine Ham, who lost her husband yesterday in a tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary Katherine and her family at this time.

Bryan and I will send along more information as we get it.”

Brewer was a senior policy adviser in the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House. President Obama released the following statement:

“Armed with a brilliant mind, and an insatiable desire to give back, Jake devoted his life to empowering people and making government work better. I’ve often said that today’s younger generation is smarter, more determined, and more capable of making a difference than I was as a young man. Jake was proof of that. Michelle and I are praying for all of Jake’s family and his many friends, most of all his wife, Mary Katharine Ham, their daughter, Georgia, and their growing family. They’ll always have a family here at the White House.”