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Dave Ward
Inspiration / Memoir

Mr. 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. 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.

In addition to his experience covering wars in Vietnam and the Middle East, presidential elections and historic natural disasters, Ward provides Houstonians with an understanding of the booms and busts on the way to becoming America’s fourth largest and most diverse city.

In addition to his news career, Ward played an instrumental role in establishing Houston Crime Stoppers, 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.


“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