Dave Ward, who first joined ABC’s KTRK-Channel 13 in 1966 as an on-the-street reporter/photographer, today hosts “Dave Ward’s Houston,” a series on ABC13 that explores the people, places and events that make this city so special. Ward, known for being “the most trusted voice in Houston,” held the Guinness World Records title as the longest running local TV-news anchor at the same TV station in a major market.
Throughout his career, Dave has reported on everything from presidential elections to space walks, and even the Vietnam Peace Talks. He’s covered fires, explosions, earthquakes, floods and hurricanes throughout Texas and the southern states. He’s interviewed heads of state and traveled to Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua and Colombia on numerous stories. He’s also covered several national political conventions and worked extensively with NASA on Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and shuttle missions. Dave also landed a special one-on-one interview with President Barack Obama, discussing topics from the presidential campaign to oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
In addition to his news career, Ward played an instrumental role in establishing Crime Stoppers of Houston, the city’s top non-profit dedicated to public safety. In 2017 the organization opened a three-story 28,000 square foot building named after the former ABC13 anchor. The facility, titled “Dave Ward Building, Crime Stoppers of Houston,” serves as a central hub for Crime Stoppers operations, volunteers, staff, victims, law enforcement, media and community programming. He’s also taken a lead in Houston’s community affairs, serving on the Board of Directors for the Houston Police Foundation and Crime Stoppers of Houston. In addition, Dave has served as a member of the Leukemia Society Board of Directors, the President of the local Easter Seals Society, the Public Affairs Advisory Board of the Houston Business Council, the American Cancer Society, and as a Board Member of the Houston Press Club.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Good Evening, Friends: A Broadcaster Shares His Life (Bright Sky Publishing, May 6, 2019), is the memoir of Houston’s iconic and beloved Eyewitness news anchor Dave Ward.
Working with Jim McGrath, co-author of numerous high-profile memoirs, Ward shares the full depth of his notable experience. In fascinating detail, he:
- Covers his legendary 60-year career as radio and TV newsman in Houston – dating back to before the JFK assassination
- Takes readers on the news set and behind the scenes of America’s most successful local news team, including his personal history with Marvin Zindler
- Chronicles the growth and development of the U.S. space program
- Invites readers to experience life on the road with Houston Oilers during the “Luv Ya Blue” era
- Provides candid revelations of his personal struggles
- Shares his escapes from death, including 1974 motorcycle crash, 2003 car crash and 2016 heart attack
This long-awaited book, with a foreword by former President George H.W. Bush, captures the heart of Houston and the man who has told its stories, investigated its problems and presented news in a clear and unbiased way over 60 years of constant change.
ABOUT JIM MCGRATH
Jim McGrath started his writing career at The White House, working as a staff writer and editor in the Executive Office of the President from 1991 to 1993, and served as President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush’s post-White House spokesman. Today, he serves as vice president of The George and Barbara Bush Foundation.
“At a time when so many journalists are being denounced as ‘enemies of the people,’ I imagine that the entire population of Houston will testify that Dave Ward is a friend of theirs — as he is of mine.” ~Ted Koppel
“Dave Ward, as long as I can recall, has been one of the most trusted figures I have ever seen on television. You couldn’t find anyone who exuded more integrity and goodwill on a community than Dave has done for all those years in Houston. He really has been that trusted face and voice in that great city for so long — longer than anyone who has been behind an anchor desk. Good Evening, Friends helps you understand how and why.” ~CBS Sports Anchor Jim Nantz
“I could not be happier to recommend this book by a true Texas legend, a guy who did it his way—the right way. No one has ever covered Houston like Dave Ward, and no one ever will. I am proud to call him my brother, and after you read this book you’ll feel like he’s your brother too.” ~Dan Pastorini