He is widely considered the most trusted voice in Houston.
On Saturday, veteran television broadcaster Dave Ward will return to his hometown of Huntsville for a book signing of his memoir “Good Evening Friends: A Broadcaster Shares His Life.”
The signing — which will take place from 2-4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center — is something that the “Huntsville boy” has been looking forward to for a long time.
“Huntsville is still and will always be my hometown, and I always look forward to any time I get to go back home,” said Ward, who grew up in Huntsville from 1941-51 while his father was the pastor at Huntsville First Baptist Church.
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 the city so special. Ward held the Guinness World Records title as the longest running local TV/news anchor at the same TV station in a major market.
In his book, written with Jim McGrath, Ward recounts his simple upbringing as the son of an East Texas pastor to become a welcome daily presence in the homes of millions of Houstonians. Ward also dives into historical events over his 60-year career as a newsman that began before the JFK assassination. He takes readers behind the scenes of one of America’s most successful news teams — revealing his personal history with Marvin Zindler. He also chronicles the growth and development of the U.S. space program.
“I just look at it as me doing my my job over all these years,” Ward said. “One of my top interests was with the space program. I was there for the first shuttle launch, and I was there for the last shuttle launch.”
Additionally in the novel, Ward details his instrumental role in establishing Houston Crime Stoppers, the city’s top non-profit organization dedicated to public safety. In 2017, the organization opened a 3-story 28,000 square foot building named after the former ABC13 anchor.
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.
Copies of Ward’s book will be available for purchase at the signing for $29.95. The legendary broadcaster will also be available for autographs and pictures.