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. 


Ken Hughes News Feed

During the trial of Nixon's aides, the hush money and offer of pardons were treated as instances of obstruction of justice, according to Ken Hughes, a historian at the University of Virginia Miller Center who studies the White House tapes and Watergate. Hughes said that while it was public knowledge that the grand jury wanted to indict Nixon, the charges themselves were never made public.
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President Lyndon Johnson talked about halting the bombing of North Vietnam and its effect on the pending presidential election and his address to the nation. Ken Hughes provided an insight into the war.
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Ken Hughes is interviewed about an anonymous opinion piece in The New York Times - purportedly from a senior Trump administration official - that described the chaos inside the White House
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"I think while the form is unprecedented, the message is a cut and dried campaign message designed to relieve general election voters who might be thinking of voting Democrat because they think that Congress has to act as a check on the president," said Ken Hughes, historian at the Miller Center and author of two books on President Richard Nixon.
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“Nixon cast Wallace’s candidacy as a message candidacy, as symbolic,” said Ken Hughes, a historian at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia who has studied Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson. “Nixon’s message was ‘Don’t send Washington a message. Send them a president.’ ”
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“There are three groups about whom Nixon is particularly paranoid: Jews, intellectuals, and ivy leaguers,” says Ken Hughes, a University of Virginia Miller Center researcher who’s written two books on Nixon’s tapes.
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