Dave Ward Retires

After 50 years in news business, iconic Houston anchor plans to call it quits

After 50 years in news business, iconic Houston anchor calls it quits

6 Laura and Dave Ward at the St. Thomas Mardi Gras Gala February 2015
Laura and Dave Ward in 2015 photo. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com

Soon after celebrating 50 years in the news business, KTRK ABC13 news anchor Dave Ward will address viewers with his trademark "Good evening, friends" one last time.

Ward, who was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest career in television, announced Thursday that he will leave the station by the end of the year. 

Ward began working at the station on November 9, 1966 as a news department reporter and photographer and has anchored the news since 1968. He continues to anchor the 6 pm news. 

Ward will celebrate his 50th anniversary on November 9. 

"I am very proud of my work here at Channel 13 over the past 50 years. I will always cherish having witnessed firsthand the transformation of this great city," Ward said in a statement on the ABC13 website.

"I leave Channel 13 with a lifetime's worth of memories, having reported on some of Houston's greatest moments of triumph and tragedy, including the Moon landing in 1969, the first and last space shuttle launches and many in between, and the recovery efforts following Hurricane Ike in 2008. I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to my loyal viewers, my friends, without whom my extensive career would not have been possible. My 50 year tenure at Channel 13 represents the hallmark of my career, and I look forward to the next chapter."