KAREN HOLMES WARD
Director of Public Affairs & Community Services, WCVB
As the director of public affairs and community services at Needham-based WCVB Channel 5, as well as the host and executive producer of the award-winning weekly magazine program CityLine, Holmes Ward has made a lasting impression through her thought-provoking interviews and community outreach initiatives that address the accomplishments, concerns, and issues facing people of color living in Boston and its suburbs.
Throughout her career, Holmes Ward has had the unique opportunity to interview many notable figures, including Oscar winners Lupita Nyong’o, Octavia Spencer, Louis Gossett Jr., and Denzel Washington as well as Oscar nominees Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oprah Winfrey, and Taraji P. Henson. A graduate of Boston University’s School of Public Communications, Holmes Ward has received numerous awards for her work in the community including the Boston Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Leaders Award, NAACP Boston ‘Ida B. Wells Barnett’ Award, and the Massachusetts Broadcasters Lifetime Achievement Award.