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Whitney Ward is a dedicated investigative reporter and serves as the co-anchor for KREM 2 News at 10:00 and 11:00 on weeknights.
She proudly pursued her education at both Eastern Washington University and Washington State University. Initially, Whitney spent three years at Eastern before transferring to WSU to enroll in the renowned Edward R. Murrow Communications program.
Upon completing her college journey, Whitney embarked on her journalism career at KFYR, the NBC affiliate in Bismarck, North Dakota. During her three-year tenure there, she wore multiple hats as a reporter and weekend anchor, extensively covering politics and stories related to military operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. North Dakota’s harsh climate didn’t deter her; she fearlessly conducted live reports in temperatures plummeting to 30-40 degrees below zero!
Whitney then moved on to become the main evening anchor at WKBN, the CBS affiliate in Youngstown, Ohio. This opportunity allowed her to report on two Presidential elections, numerous tornadoes, and a wide array of stories spanning crime, politics, and business. She even had the chance to tour the world-famous Handel’s ice-cream shop, recognized by National Geographic as one of the best in the world!
Her career path eventually led her back to her home state of Washington, where she spent two years as the main anchor at KEPR-TV in the Tri-Cities. During her time there, Whitney’s investigative reporting earned her a prestigious “Excellence in Journalism” award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Her work played a pivotal role in exposing a $1.7 million fraud case within the Franklin County Public Works Department.
Since joining KREM in 2013, Whitney has continued her exemplary investigative journalism. She has shed light on issues such as mismanagement of government resources, university cover-ups, and toxic chemical contamination. Whitney’s investigations have resulted in significant changes in state policy and local government procedures. Her dedication to journalism has garnered her numerous honors and awards, including a regional Edward R. Murrow award for Investigative Reporting in 2013, when she unveiled critical gaps in the Idaho foster care system with her report titled “Bring D Home.”