Ward earns 13th Emmy Award

Published 4:14 pm Thursday, June 15, 2023

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When the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the winners of the 44th Annual Sports Emmy Awards, Gates County native and GCHS graduate John Ward was presented with his thirteenth Emmy.

John Ward

Ward received his latest Emmy as an Operations Producer for Amazon Prime Video – Outstanding Interactive Experience – Event Coverage for Thursday Night Football (NFL).

The GCHS Class of 1987 graduate manages the Technical Operations groups for both the United States and Europe for the Live Sports Division at Prime Sports. His group is responsible for all of the technical workflows at television remotes that get TV signals to the final distribution point. The team of eighteen worldwide is growing as they scale and add sports properties.

The winner of 11 Emmys with Fox Sports and one with DIRECTTV/AT&T, Ward told the Gates County Index, “I’m looking forward to our second season of NFL coverage this Fall on Amazon Prime Video!”

Ward is a 1991 Cum Laude graduate of North Carolina State University, receiving a degree in Mass Communication with a minor in Journalism. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at North Carolina State.

The son of John and Joan Ward, Ward is married to Kristen Scott-Ward who is a wine sommelier. Residing in Alexandria, Virginia and Santa Rosa, California, Ward also enjoys spending time on the family farm in Corapeake.

The night of the 44th Annual Sports Emmy Awards was filled with sports television personalities including Nate Burleson (CBS Sports), Ryan Clark (ESPN), Diana Flores (NFL Network/NBC), Keiana Martin (MLB Network), Rachel Nichols (Showtime), Tom Rinaldi (Fox Sports), David Scott (HBO), Kenny Smith (Turner Sports), Melissa Stark (NFL Newwork/NBC) and Mike Tirico (NBC Sports).

Emmy, Peabody, NAACP Image and Edward R. Murrow Award winning television journalist and sportscaster Bryant Gumbel was honored with the Sports Lifetime Achievement Award for his long, barrier-breaking career. The Awards were live-streamed at Watch.TheEmmys.TV and available on the various Emmy apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and RoKu.