Geoffrey C. Ward | Writer

Geoffrey C. Ward Ward was born in Newark, Ohio, in 1940 and grew up on the south side of Chicago and in New Delhi, India. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1962, with a bachelor’s degree in studio art.

He was senior picture editor at Encyclopedia Britannica in Chicago during the mid-1960s, founding editor of Audience magazine from 1970 to 1973, and managing editor and editor of American Heritage magazine from 1977 to 1982. For fourteen years he wrote a monthly column for American Heritage called “The Life and Times.”

Ward has collaborated with Ken Burns since 1984 and has been the sole or principal script writer for HUEY LONG; STATUE OF LIBERTY; THOMAS HART BENTON; THE CIVIL WAR; EMPIRE OF THE AIR: THE MEN WHO MADE RADIO; BASEBALL; THE WEST; THOMAS JEFFERSON; FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT; NOT FOR OURSELVES ALONE: THE STORY OF ELIZABETH CADY STANTON AND SUSAN B. ANTHONY; JAZZ; MARK TWAIN; UNFORGIVABLE BLACKNESS: THE RISE AND FALL OF JACK JOHNSON, and THE WAR. Ward also wrote or co-wrote companion volumes for seven of these series.

He was the principal or sole writer of Nixon; Lindbergh; Reminiscing in Tempo; The KennedysThe Last BossTR; and Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided - all part of PBS’s “American Experience” series. For his work in documentary films, Ward has won two Writers’ Guild Awards, seven Christopher Awards and six Emmys.

Ward is also an independent historian and biographer, the author of six other books, among them A First-Class Temperament: the Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt, which won the National Book Critics Circle and Los Angeles Times Awards for Best Biography, the Francis Parkman Award of the Society of American Historians in 1989, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is currently at work on two books: A Disposition to be Rich, a biography of his great-grandfather the nineteenth century swindler, Ferdinand Ward; and a book about the Partition of India. He writes frequently about India and Indian wildlife.

Geoffrey Ward lives in New York City with his wife, writer Diane Raines Ward.

The Vietnam War on Nine PBS

The Vietnam War is a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that premiered September 17, 2017 on Nine PBS.

In an immersive 360-degree narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. The Vietnam War features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.

Beginning October 3, the 10-part series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will re-air on a weekly basis. Tune in Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m., beginning October 3.

Learn more at PBS.org/VietnamWar and KenBurns.com. Join the conversation at #VietnamWarPBS.

Story Collection Project

Story Collection Project

The Nine Network is partnering with the Missouri History Museum to gather diverse perspectives from members of the community. Veterans, those on the home front, and the Vietnamese community are encouraged to submit stories and remembrances online at nineNet.org/vietnamstories

Watch Online

Streaming Schedule:

Beginning October 3, the 10-part series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will re-air on a weekly basis. Episodes will also be available to stream online for 2 weeks after each rebroadcast.

 Rebroadcast  
Date 
Streaming
Ends
Ep. 1 10/3/1710/17/17
Ep. 2 10/3/1710/17/17
Ep. 3 10/10/1710/24/17
Ep. 4 10/17/1710/31/17
Ep. 5 10/24/1711/7/17
Ep. 6 10/31/1711/14/17
Ep. 7 11/7/1711/21/17
Ep. 8 11/14/1711/28/17
Ep. 9  11/21/1712/5/17
Ep. 10 11/28/1712/12/17


Nine Passport members have access to all episodes from 9/17/17 to 12/31/17, beginning Sunday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m.

 

The Vietnam War Community Impact Report

The Nine Network is able to achieve community impact through the power of public media. The scale of Nine’s reach across the region is a distinctively unique asset. We are a trusted convener and storyteller around issues affecting our region. The result of our work raises awareness, increases understanding, and moves our community to action. View the report.

Resources for Veterans

Through our work with community partners we have learned more about how this powerful documentary may be difficult for some to watch. Please know that the Department of Veterans Affairs provides a wide range of services for veterans and their families.
 
Services are available from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ St. Louis Health Care System Mental Health Office. Call (314) 894-6653 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about available services.
 
The Veterans Crisis Line connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs’ responders through a confidential hotline, online chat, or text. Responders are live, not recorded, and can be reached 24/7 at (800) 273-8255, press 1. You can also send a text to: 838255. Or visit veteranscrisisline.net to immediately chat with someone online.

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