We have long known it is his goal to be on the air at channel 13 for 50 years and he is very close to that honor.
Multiple sources close to Ward tell me what could be even a bigger deal is that the "Dean of Houston news" will be entering the Guinness World Records as the longest running local TV news anchor in the world at the same station in the same market for 50 years!
I'm sure it has been no easy task staying at the same station for five decades, but it's also been a lot of work to get in the record book. I hear Ward has been gathering papers and documentation over the last few months so Guinness has the proof!
This all becomes official in November when Ward hits the big 5-0 with the now Disney/ABC Television Group station.
Dave, I can't wait till it's 60 years!
I found Ward's page on the Guinness World Records site! Here is what it says about him:
The longest career as a television news broadcaster is 49 years and 218 days, achieved by Dave Ward (USA), who began working on 9 November 1966 and continues anchoring at KTRK-TV, in Houston, Texas, USA, as verified on 2 June 2016.
Ward was hired as a news department reporter and photographer in 1966 and has served as an anchor of the KTRK-TV 6 PM newscast since 1968. Ward is known for beginning every newscast with the phrase, "Good evening, friends."
According to Wikipedia, before Ward, the person who held the record was Ecuadorian news anchor and vice-president of news of Ecuavisa in Quito, Alfonso Espinosa de los Monteros. He set his record back in August 2014.