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Dave Ward Reflects On 60 Years In News

The longtime Houston news anchor discusses his new memoir, Good Evening, Friends: A Broadcaster Shares His Life.

Dave Ward in the KTRK Studio
Dave Ward has spent more than six decades at Houston’s KTRK Channel 13.


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Dave WardDave Ward's Book, Good Evening Friends is the longest-running news anchor at the same station and market, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

He joined KTRK-TV Channel 13 in 1966 as a reporter and photographer.

In 1968, he was promoted to news anchor where he spent decades as a familiar face and voice of Houston news.

Dave Ward - Houston Matters Studio
Longtime Houston news anchor Dave Ward in the Houston Matters studio.

These days he hosts Dave Ward's Houston, a series exploring the people and places that make the Bayou City special. And now, he has a new memoir about his years in news. It's called Good Evening, Friends: A Broadcaster Shares His Life.

In it, he and co-author Jim McGrath chronicle Ward’s 60-plus years in radio and television, the stories he’s covered, and some of his personal struggles.

In the audio above, Ward shares some of those memories with Houston Matters host Craig Cohen.

Ward will hold a book launch on his 80th birthday, May 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Dave Ward Building at Crime Stoppers of Houston.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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