Ward Jolles joined the 27 News team in June 2021 as a multimedia journalist. Prior to moving to Madison, Ward worked as a digital content producer and reporter at WACH FOX 57 in Columbia, South Carolina.
While in Colombia, he covered a variety of stories, including the dismissal of the University of South Carolina football head coach to visits by numerous presidential candidates during the 2020 election season. .
However, Ward LOVES the weird and quirky stories of the local community. In fact, Ward hosted his own show called “Weird Things With Ward” while he was a reporter for his college TV channel; he investigated several interesting topics like the strange story submerged under the waters of one of the area’s man-made lakes, the possible causes of a “ghost light” from a small town and a boy who implanted microchips in his hands.
Jolles has won 11 journalism awards during his academic career with organizations such as the Associated Collegiate Press, the Broadcast Education Association, and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.
Born and raised in rural South Carolina, Ward is an end-to-end Gamecock and attended Honors College at the University of South Carolina, where he earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Geography. .
When not reporting or watching the news, Ward enjoys exploring the outdoors, going to the movies, watching the latest series on Netflix, or visiting a local brewery. Her dream job is to work for a publication like 60 Minutes.
Ward is very new to Wisconsin and is still in the process of settling down, so if you want to send him the latest original story idea or have any craft beer suggestions, feel free to contact him at [email protected] or send him a message on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.