The Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists (CAABJ) is an affiliate chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), a nonprofit organization focused on establishing strong ties among African-Americans working in the media and expanding and balancing the media's coverage of the African-American community and experience.

January 4, 2012

Charlotte Reacts to Reporter Ken Ward's Death

QCityMetro's Michaela Duckett writes:
"Channel 9 Eyewitness News reporter Ken Ward has died. He was 44.
According to Bill Fish, an investigator with the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office, Ward’s body was picked up from Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville around 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. The cause of death was not immediately known, he said."
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Condolences poured from coworkers and friends in the journalism community.
"He will be sorely missed," said Ken Lemon, CAABJ President.
"My heart is heavy," wrote Davida Jackson, CAABJ Treasurer.
"His death is a huge loss to the journalism industry. My heart goes out to his wife, and I am sending prayers up for his family," Dedrick Russell, CAABJ Past President, told QCityMetro.
Ken at CAABJ's annual Bowling with the Journalists scholarship
fundraiser in May. Photo by Jon Strayhorn/Media Arts Collective.

The Twittersphere, too, was rocked by the news:
@BrigidaMack: "Still can't believe this."
@ShaeCrissonWTVD: "Thoughts are with the family of Ken Ward."
@ArmstrongWTVD: "Stunned. Prayers to his wife and family."
@SuzyStark: "So sad & shocked, heartborken for wife & son. Such a happy & kind person."
@TheyCallMeSash: "Praying for him and his family."

Arrangements have not yet been announced. Do you have a special memory with Ken? Please share it below, or on our Facebook page.

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