Personnel Profile

Matthew Ward, Lecturer

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Matt Ward is a former award-winning print journalist who excelled in reporting on crime and punishment for multiple news publications in the Southwest before rising to become a newspaper editor specializing in business and community journalism.

Mr. Ward originally hails from Corpus Christi, Texas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2002. In 2014, he earned a master’s degree in journalism and communication studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

He started his career in North Texas as a reporting intern at the Dallas Morning News’s sister publication in Arlington in 1999. His first reporting job out of college was at the Roswell Daily Record in New Mexico. Later he reported for the Waco Tribune Herald before moving to Nevada.

In the Silver State he served as managing editor for a trade publication covering the worldwide gaming industry, then as a reporter and later editor of the Las Vegas community’s top business weekly, the Las Vegas Business Press. He contributed multiple articles to the state’s largest daily newspaper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He later served several years as the top editor at the Review-Journal’s sister newspaper in Pahrump, the Pahrump Valley Times.

The Nevada Press Association named Mr. Ward its Outstanding Journalist of the Year in 2007. He won numerous other writing and editing awards every year between 2007 and 2014, including top honors for news reporting, investigative reporting, feature writing, editorial writing and more.

Mr. Ward moved back to Texas in 2015 when he began teaching at Texas A & M University-Kingsville. He teaches multiple writing and reporting courses as well as media design, horror film appreciation and mass communications courses. He also serves as the student media adviser for the student-run newspaper, The South Texan, and the Javelina Broadcast Network, the student-run video production crew.

Contact Information

Dept. of Art, Communications, & Theatre Arts
Manning Rm 162
MSC 178 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: (361) 593 - 3494
fax: N/A
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This page was last updated on: June 27, 2017