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Texas news anchor sets record for longest tenure on TV news

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HOUSTON, TX (WKOW) -- ABC13 anchor Dave Ward was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running local TV news anchor in the world at the same station in the same market.

"I love this city," said Ward. "I love the people in it. It's a big city, but it has a very neighborhood feel to it and there's no place else I'd rather be."

Ward started working at the station as a reporter/photographer in 1966, and started anchoring newscasts two years later. He is just a few months shy of 50 years at the station.

"I didn't really set out to make a career out of one television station but that's how it evolved and the strides we've made here paralleled the industry as a whole," said Ward. "I didn't have to go anywhere. I could stay here and experience everything there is in broadcast television."

Over the last five decades, Ward has covered topics from space walks and the Vietnam Peace Talks to natural disasters and politics including a one-to-one interview with President Obama.

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