Previously, he was the first James E. Burgess Professor of Journalism Ethics and founder of the Center for Journalism Ethics at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also has been director of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He is the founding chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee of the Canadian Association of Journalists.
He is the author of the award-winning The Invention of Journalism Ethics: The Path to Objectivity and Beyond. In addition, he is the author of Ethics and the Media: An Introduction and Global Journalism Ethics. The latter, Global Journalism Ethics, was a finalist for the Tankard Book Award of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2011. Also, he is co-editor of Media Ethics Beyond Borders: A Global Perspective. His latest book, Global Media Ethics: Problems and Perspectives, was published in March 2013 by Wiley-Blackwell Publishers.
Prof. Ward is associate editor of the Journal of Mass Media Ethics. His articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as Journalism Studies; Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies; Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics and the Journal of Mass Media Ethics. He serves on many editorial and advisory boards for ethics organizations and for journals on media ethics and science.
He writes a blog and Twitter feed MediaMorals. He is the media ethics columnist for several leading publications, including the PBS web site Media Shift, the Canadian portal J-Source, and Media magazine.
Ward has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Waterloo, Ontario. His research interests include history of journalism ethics, ethical theory, global media ethics and science journalism. Prof. Ward founded the science journalism initiative at the UBC School of Journalism which studied the public communication of controversial science.
Dr. Ward was a reporter, war correspondent, and newsroom manager for 14 years. He covered conflicts in Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Northern Ireland. Prof. Ward then became the British Columbia bureau chief for The Canadian Press news agency in Vancouver.