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Name:  Geoffrey C. Ward  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1940 in Newark, Ohio

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Ward grew up on the south side of Chicago and in New Delhi, India. He was senior picture editor at Encyclopedia Britannica in Chicago during the mid-1960s.

Biographical and Professional Information

Geoffrey C. Ward is an editor, author, biographer, historian and writer of scripts for American history documentaries for public television. He is the winner of seven Emmy Awards.Ward has collaborated with Ken Burns since 1984 and has been the sole or principal script writer for Huey Long; Statue of Liberty; Thomas Hart Benton; The Civil War; Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio; Baseball; The West; Thomas Jefferson; Frank Lloyd Wright; Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony; Jazz; Mark Twain; Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, and The War. Ward also wrote or co-wrote companion volumes for seven of these series. He was the principal or sole writer of Nixon; Lindbergh; Reminiscing in Tempo; The Kennedys; The Last Boss; TR; and Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided - all part of PBS’s “American Experience” series. For his work in documentary films, Ward has won two Writers’ Guild Awards, seven Christopher Awards and six Emmys.Today, Geoffrey Ward lives in New York City with his wife, writer Diane Raines Ward.


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