Award-winning investigative reporter, author, and speaker
Ward Lucas, has spent 40 years in investigative journalism and has won more than 70 journalism and civic awards for his reporting and writing. He was the first reporter on the DB Cooper hijacking and the Ted Bundy murders. He has interviewed Presidents and nursing home residents, Secretaries of State to street people. From organized crime to wiretapping, to professional arson, Lucas has seen it all. Ward has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He began his broadcasting career at the age of 16 hosting radio talk shows in Seattle, Washington. In 1974 he made the move into television broadcasting, first at KIRO-TV in Seattle and then at KUSA-TV in Denver Colorado. His investigative reporting has often stirred national controversy and has earned him numerous Emmy Awards, the George Polk Award, and the Responsibility in Journalism Award by the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP). In 1993, Ward joined ranks with eight nationally known Professors and journalists in the book, Psychic Sleuths,(Prometheus Press) which exposed and critiqued the use of psychics by police departments across the country.
One of three books Ward has written since his retirement is about overcoming some of life’s annoying obstacles. It’s called Sometimes, Ya Gotta Ride The Elephant.
One of the chapters has never-before-published details of Ward’s coverage of Ted Bundy, including an incident in which Ward’s supervisor at a Seattle radio station demanded he do an unethical and illegal ‘stunt’ in his investigation of the Bundy story.
Ward refused and the ‘stunt’ was assigned to another reporter. Ward began looking for a new job leading to his career as an award-winning television investigative reporter and news anchor.