|Friday, September 17
Pam Ward joined ESPN in 1996 as an ESPNEWS anchor. Ward now serves as a play-by-play commentator on college football and men's and women's college basketball, including Final Four telecasts. She has served as studio host for WNBA telecasts, which in 2003 added the half-hour pregame show WNBA Shootaround. Ward has also hosted NBA Today, NBA 2Night, NHL 2Night, NFL Tonight and for ESPN Radio The NFL on ESPN Radio and major league baseball pre- and postgame shows.
On November 22, 2000, Ward became the first woman to work play-by-play on a Division I college football game when she called ESPN2's telecast of Bowling Green at Toledo. That same year she called the Division III Championship and the Motor City Bowl for the networks. In 2001, Ward called her first full season of college football.
In July 2010, CoSIDA honored Ward as the recipient of the Jake Wade Award, which annually recognizes an individual "who has made an outstanding contribution in the media to the field of intercollegiate athletics."
Before joining ESPN, Ward was an anchor/host at WBAL-Radio in Baltimore since March 1995. Her duties included hosting WBAL's Baltimore Ravens pregame show on Sundays. She also served as a fill-in sports anchor on WBAL-TV in Baltimore from 1995-96.
In 1996, Ward began working as a sideline reporter for ESPN2's college football games; she also served as an analyst for select games during ESPN and ESPN2's coverage of the 1996 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship. Since 1992, she had worked women's college basketball games on a variety of networks, including Home Team Sports (HTS).
Before working with WBAL, Ward was an anchor/host for WTEM-Radio (all sports) in her native Washington, D.C. (1992-1995).
Ward is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she received a bachelor's degree in communications.