Whitney Ward is a proud graduate of both Eastern Washington University and Washington State University. After spending three years at Eastern, she transferred to WSU for its esteemed Edward R. Murrow Communications program.
After graduating college, Whitney began her career at the NBC affiliate in Bismarck, North Dakota. She worked as a reporter and weekend anchor for three years, covering politics and countless National Guard stories for military operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. North Dakota is also known for its severe weather, so it was not uncommon for her to do live shots for the evening news in temperatures 30-40 degrees below zero.
Whitney’s career took her to the CBS affiliate in Youngstown, Ohio, where she served as the main evening anchor at WKBN. Her work allowed her to cover two Presidential elections, numerous tornadoes, and she even got to tour the world-famous Handel's ice-cream shop. National Geographic listed it as one of the best in the world.
Whitney then made the decision to return to her home state of Washington to be closer to family and friends. She spent two years as the main anchor at KEPR-TV in the Tri-Cities. There, she investigated several stories involving government fraud and taxpayer waste. She was also honored with an “Excellence in Journalism” award for Investigative Reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists.
When Whitney isn't working, she loves to enjoy a glass of fantastic Washington wine. She never misses a chance to be in the great outdoors of the Northwest. She enjoys skiing, hiking with her dog, or spending a leisurely afternoon out on the boat.
Whitney is also passionate about her work with Mothers Against Drunk Driving. As a past victim of a drunk driver, she is a strong advocate of education programs for youth and stronger penalties for offenders.