Experts

Ken Hughes

Fast Facts

  • Bob Woodward called Hughes "one of America's foremost experts on secret presidential recordings"
  • Has spent two decades mining the Secret White House Tapes
  • Expertise on Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Secret White House Tapes, abuses of presidential power, Watergate, Vietnam War

Areas Of Expertise

  • Foreign Affairs
  • American Defense and Security
  • Governance
  • Leadership
  • Political Parties and Movements
  • Politics
  • The Presidency

Bob Woodward has called Ken Hughes “one of America's foremost experts on secret presidential recordings, especially those of Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.” Hughes has spent two decades mining the Secret White House Tapes and unearthing their secrets. As a journalist writing in the pages of the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, and Boston Globe Magazine, and, since 2000, as a researcher with the Miller Center, Hughes’s work has illuminated the uses and abuses of presidential power involved in (among other things) the origins of Watergate, Jimmy Hoffa’s release from federal prison, and the politics of the Vietnam War. 

Hughes has been interviewed by the New York Times, CBS News, CNN, PBS NewsHour, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press and other news organizations. He is the author of Chasing Shadows: The Nixon Tapes, the Chennault Affair, and the Origins of Watergate and Fatal Politics: The Nixon Tapes, the Vietnam War and the Casualties of Reelection.

Hughes is currently at work on a book about President John F. Kennedy’s hidden role in the coup plot that resulted in the overthrow and assassination of another president, Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam. 

 

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Ken Hughes talks with WUVA News about the Secret White House Tapes
Ken Hughes WUVA News
Ken Hughes is an expert on secret presidential recordings, especially those of Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon. Hughes has spent two decades mining the Secret White House Tapes and unearthing their secrets. As a journalist writing in the pages of the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, and Boston Globe Magazine, and, since 2000, as a researcher with the Miller Center at the University of Virginia, Hughes’s work has illuminated the uses and abuses of presidential power involved in (among other things) the origins of Watergate, Jimmy Hoffa’s release from federal prison, and the politics of the Vietnam War.
Ken Hughes Talk Nation Radio
“The biggest theme is people were in an apocalyptic mood in 1968 because it seemed like so many things that had seemed dependable in their worlds were crumbling,” said Ken Hughes, a historian with the Miller Center at the University of Virginia.
Ken Hughes The Virginian Pilot
But tirades and harsh language — including overtly racist comments — are no strangers to the corridors of the White House, said Ken Hughes, a University of Virginia historian. Hughes, an author and Nixon scholar, has spent 18 years pouring over President Richard Nixon’s White House tapes as part of the university’s Presidential Recordings Program.
Ken Hughes Courthouse News
“Clifford, Halperin and Gelb had some knowledge of two of Nixon’s most damaging Vietnam secrets: the Chennault Affair and the secret bombing of Cambodia,” said Miller Center scholar Ken Hughes, author of “Chasing Shadows: The Nixon Tapes, the Chennault Affair, and the Origins of Watergate” published by the UVA Press.
Ken Hughes UVA Today
Ken Hughes studies those moments of redefinition, captured in previous presidents’ secret tapes. Presidents Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Johnson and Richard Nixon all taped many of their conversations and reflections, which were later declared public property by Congress.
Ken Hughes Daily Progress