HOUSTON (Covering Katy News) – Houston News anchor Dave Ward is set to release a book about his life and career, and he has a lot to tell. Ward accomplished something very few people in broadcast news have ever been able to acheive, a career that lasted decades at one major maket station. Ward held the Guinness World Records title as the longest running local TV-news anchor at the same TV station in a major market. Now, Bright Sky Publishing has announced a May 6, 2019 book launch event for Good Evening, Friends: A Broadcaster Shares His Life.
The event will be held at the Dave Ward Building at Crime Stoppers of Houston, 3001 Main Street, on May 6 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The public is invited to join Dave in celebrating his 80th birthday as he launches his long-awaited memoir. Books will be available for purchase for the very first time, and Dave will be autographing and available for photos.
Ward, who first joined ABC’s KTRK-Channel 13 in 1966, today hosts “Dave Ward’s Houston,” a series on ABC13 that explores the people, places and events that make this city so special.
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Working with Jim McGrath, co-author of numerous high-profile memoirs, Ward shares the full depth of his notable experience.
The book covers his legendary 60-year career as radio and TV newsman in Houston – dating back to before the JFK assassination. It 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. It chronicles the growth and development of the U.S. space program, and invites readers to experience life on the road with Houston Oilers during the “Luv Ya Blue” era.
The book also provides candid revelations of his personal struggles. Shares his escapes from death, including 1974 motorcycle crash, 2003 car crash and 2016 heart attack.
In addition to his news career, Ward played an instrumental role in establishing Crime Stoppers of Houston, the city’s 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.
The book has a foreword by former President George H.W. Bush. It 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.
“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,” said retired ABC newsman 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,” wrote 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,” said former Oliers quarterback Dan Pastorini.
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. McGrath continued to serve President George H.W. Bush as his post-White House spokesman.