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Caryn Ward
Caryn Ward is an assistant professor at Northwestern University's Medill School. She teaches everything from beginning news writing and multimedia to graduate level courses in video reporting and television producing. Prior to joining Medill she was a reporter, editor, executive producer, managing editor, and news director. In more than 25 years on the job, she has witnessed historic events and witnessed historic changes in an industry that is evolving every day. She served as executive producer for WBBM-TV, CBS in Chicago, where she oversaw reporters, photographers, and editors for the station’s daily 10pm, 6pm and 5pm newscasts. Prior to that, she worked as executive producer for WGN-TV’s morning news. Caryn has a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a master’s in journalism from Medill. She has won five Emmy awards for television coverage, four of them for breaking news. She lives in River Forest, IL and is the mother of three adult sons.

Entries by Caryn Ward

Hastert Scandal a Call to Action

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 4:33 PM

I have three sons who all wrestled in high school, one of them, Sam Brooks, is still wrestling at the University of Iowa. Sam was a two-time Illinois state champion in high school and the man who coached him to those titles and who was instrumental in his...

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From a High School Gym to Grand Central Station: The Olympic Spirit Is Alive

(2) Comments | Posted May 19, 2013 | 8:37 PM

Because it is World Wrestling Month, Iranian, Russian and American wrestlers battled in an event in Grand Central Station in New York on Wednesday, with the athletes weighing in at the United Nations. At least one movie star was in attendance; Mark Ruffalo sat matside. NBC Sports Network...

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Steubenville and Beyond

(11) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 3:36 PM

The life of a young woman in Steubenville, Ohio was forever changed by rape a year ago. Rape should never, ever happen. Sadly it did in Steubenville and according to numbers from statistic, it happens nearly 90,000 more times each year in the U.S. The Steubenville rape...

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Blondes Might Have More Fun But Brunettes Have More Crowns

(4) Comments | Posted December 23, 2012 | 12:29 PM

As Olivia Culpo took her predictable winner's walk down the runway as the first Miss USA to win Miss Universe in 15 years, she was -- as they all are-- smiling, crying and fidgeting to keep her crown in place.

But something else was different. The 20-year-old Boston University...

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TV Guide Meet Twitter: Making Your Own Appointment Television

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 1:02 PM

Must-see TV used to be on Thursday nights -- Rachel, Ross, Joey, Monica and Chandler were there, so were Jerry Seinfeld and Frasier Crane. It was the night that NBC executives dubbed appointment television and few people dared to miss it. If they did they would be out of the...

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News Flash: Olympic Viewers Are Not Idiots

(7) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 2:57 PM

This is a plea to the people who produce the local television news after the London Olympics air here -- I am begging you to give me the pertinent local news and weather, not a recap of what I just spent hours watching.

Sunday night I had to shut it...

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Taking Television at Its Word: Vagina Schmagina

(47) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 6:10 PM

Republican lawmakers in Michigan don't watch enough television. The ruckus about the use of the word vagina in the statehouse there proves it.

The brouhaha over vagina started when a female lawmaker in Michigan said she was barred from speaking in the statehouse after she uttered the v-word when...

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Apple Selling Computerized Companionship: Are You Buying It?

(3) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 12:03 PM

She's not a real friend. I'm just saying.

Of course with the new Apple ads for iPhone 4S, the folks at Apple are selling much more than a phone. The latest television ad with John Malkovich is selling companionship. Call it friendship in a computer chip and her name...

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Live and Let Dye: When Will TV's Women Show Their True Colors?

(36) Comments | Posted April 7, 2012 | 7:42 PM

NBC news anchor Matt Lauer will do something most women on television try desperately not to do. He will age before our eyes.

Of course there are women of a certain age in strong powerful roles on television -- Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters and Katie Couric to name a...

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Single Moms on TV: Prostitutes and Drug Dealers?

(24) Comments | Posted April 6, 2012 | 6:16 PM

When I turned on the television earlier this week I thought I'd been transported back to 1950. What spurred the time warp was an ad for a new Lifetime show, The Client List. It stars Jennifer Love Hewitt as a single mother with two young children. She works at...

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