Ward Lucas

2008 Inductee

In 1973, KIRO-TV in Seattle took a chance and put Ward Lucas on the air as an investigative reporter and weekend anchor. He held that job for two and a half years, eventually winning several reporting awards including an Emmy for an investigative story on industrial arson called “Fire for Hire.” This got the attention of KBTV (now KUSA) in Denver and Ward quickly distinguished himself as the top weekend anchor and the only investigative reporter at the station. His strong presentation both on and off the air helped him to get to the information necessary to produce award-winning stories, and helped mold the local television market into one of the most competitive relative to tough journalism. For the past 32 years, Ward has been a well-known and respected face in the Denver market. Today his video essays are examples of top-notch storytelling and writing. Ward is the recipient of numerous awards for his work in news, investigative journalism, and writing – including 29 Heartland Emmy nominations and 11 statues.

Ward was born in Kyoto, Japan, the son of a West Point graduate. His younger brother is also a West Pointer, while his older brother was a Marine Corps officer. In fact, the Lucas family has a long tradition of military service, which is why Ward has focused so much attention during his career on those who serve their country in uniform.

Active in the community, Ward served on the board of the Alzheimer’s Association from 1996-2002, and was among the first to bring this disease into the light of public awareness, helping to raise the levels of community education and programs. He has also supported the Denver Dumb Friends League for many years by hosting their Furry Scurry event, and he is a passionate advocate for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.