Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns’ Write-Hand Man, To Receive WGA East Career Honor

Geoffrey C. Ward

Geoffrey C. Ward, whose 150 hours of documentary writing on PBS include on Ken BurnsThe Civil War, Baseball, The West, Jazz and most recently WGA-nominated The Vietnam War, will be awarded the WGA East’s Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement. The honor will be bestowed February 11 at the New York ceremony for the WGA Awards at the Edison Ballroom.

Burns will be on hand to present the award to Ward, who also has written extensively for PBS’ American Experience in a writing career that began in the early 1980s;. He has seven Emmys, two WGA Awards and a Humanitas Prize to his credit. He, Burns and Lynn Novicka are working on a film series about Ernest Hemingway.

The Hunter Award was named in memory of longtime WGAE member Ian McLellan Hunter, presented in honor of his/her body of work as a writer in motion pictures or TV. Previous recipients include Andrew Bergman, John Sayles, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, John Waters, Richard LaGravenese, John Patrick Shanley and Nora Ephron.

“I’m a lucky man to have been able to write so much serious history for television — and still luckier to have been given this great honor by the guild,” Ward said. “I couldn’t be more grateful.”

The 70th annual WGA Awards in New York will also honor Tina Fey and Robert Carlock with the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence award during the ceremony hosted by Amber Ruffin. The Los Angeles-set awards show will be hosted by Patton Oswalt.

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