Fast Five Years (Don Ward)

By: Don Ward
By: Don Ward

A new personal record.


It hardly seems possible.

I started working at KKTV five years ago this past week.  I had been a reporter and fill-in anchor at WB-2 in Denver for five years before that.  I thought I would be in that job for many years.  That was until this opportunity came along. The main anchor job at KKTV was open just as my contract in Denver was up and I hadn't yet signed a new one.  I jumped at the chance to come home. Now I plan to stay home! 

This is one of my favorite pictures from the very beginning. It was taken at the American Heart Association's "Heart Ball" at the Broadmoor back in February of 2006.

My 11 News co-anchor Shannon Brinias and I had both just arrived to start work at KKTV, but we hadn't actually been on the air here yet when we served as the Emcees that night.  Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe was brand new too, but he'd been on the air for a month or two.  The picture kind of sums it up.  We knew that communIty events would be a huge part of what we do here, so it's fitting that we made a first public appearance before we ever appeared on the air! I made 31 public appearances for KKTV in 2010!  That's just about a typical year.   Here's another favorite picture from an appearance for my favorite charity, the American Diabetes Association.

When we first started, legendary sports director John Owens was here.  Here he is along with my 4pm co-anchor Betty Sexton.


Since then John has retired and we've got soon-to-be legendary sports director Jesse Kurtz in the line-up.

A few months after we started Shannon and I went to New York to interview Katie Couric.  She was just about to take over the CBS Evening News. I know not everyone's a fan, but she has certainly done very well and she was very gracious to us.  That was a nice assignment.

A highlight for me was having Ted Neeley from the tour and film of "Jesus Christ Superstar" on 11 News at 4 in 2008.  I've been a fan of his for decades. He's here with then tour co-star James Delisco.

 I've had a chance to do so many wonderful things in my time at KKTV and I've shared the time with great people.  Below, a charity appearance with Brian Bledsoe, throwing out the first pitch at a Sky Sox Game.


Below: Shooting a public service announcement at Care and Share with Shannon, "Stuff the Bus" our annual school supply drive.


A short ride at a charity event.

With Olympic legend Mark Spitz the night before he spoke at Breakfast of Champions (Shannon and I were the Emcees)

When the Fine Arts Center Theatre Company did "Sweney Todd" they invited me to get my throat cut in the demon barber's chair.

Reading to kids at a school.

I love the job, I love the station and I love being in my home town.  There are really five reasons why I really appreciate the last five years.  My nieces and nephews are all here.

Evan, Kate, Julie, Ryan and John are all wonderful kids.  Living in Colorado Springs allows me to spend as much time with them as possible. 

This job at KKTV is the 7th job I've had in TV in nearly 22 years now.  Since I just passed that 5 year anniversary..this is now the longest I've ever stayed with any TV job! (only by a few days, I was in Denver for exactly 5 years)  I've always moved on to something better. 

Now I'm hoping to just keep adding to the new personal record.  Would I want to work somewhere else?

It hardly seems possible.

We'll talk again soon.

Don Ward


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