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Karen Holmes Ward

2017 and 2019 Speaker

KAREN HOLMES WARD is the director of public affairs and community services as well as host and executive producer of CityLine, WCVB-TV’s award-winning weekly magazine program which addresses the accomplishments, concerns and issues facing people of color living in Boston and its suburbs. CityLine has been a recipient of the Associated Press Massachusetts/Rhode Island Best Public Affairs Program and numerous Emmy nominations. Holmes Ward also oversees WCVB’s public service and community outreach efforts, including the station’s work on Extreme Makeover: My Hometown and Five Fixer Upper raising awareness about the need for affordable housing in the Greater Boston area. She spearheaded WCVB’s first-of-its-kind web-based initiative, Commonwealth 5, which was nominated for a National Emmy Award.  WCVB’s community service efforts during and following the Boston Marathon attack were honored with a National Association of Broadcasters Service to Community in Television award. A graduate of Boston University’s School of Public Communications (now COM), Ward has received numerous awards for her work in the community, and has received honorary doctorates from Merrimack College, Cambridge College and Boston University. @karenholmesward