Margaret Ward (journalist)

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Margaret Ward
Born Ireland
Nationality Irish
Education Dublin City University
Occupation Journalist
Notable credit(s) RTÉ News

Margaret Ward is an Irish journalist. She joined RTÉ in 1994,[1] before becoming Foreign Editor in 1999.[2]

Education and Career[edit]

Ward obtained a Bachelor of Arts in International Marketing and Languages from Dublin City University in 1985.[1] She worked in business and non-governmental organization.[3]


She joined RTÉ News and Current Affairs in 1994.[1] She was appointed Foreign Editor in 1999.[3] In her time at RTÉ she has provided coverage from over 20 countries and has reported from conflicts in Balkans, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Rwanda, North Korea and Sudan.[2] Ward has also acted as a location producer for RTÉ during the Good Friday Agreement and the Omagh bombing.[3] After a leave of absence from RTÉ beginning in September 2006, she wrote about her experiences in Chad in August 2007.[4]

Ward has also made two documentaries for RTÉ. One programme was on Ireland and World War I and another on the Rwandan Genocide.[1]


RTÉ moved Ward to Beijing, People's Republic of China in 2007, setting up a news bureau there ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games.[5] In China, she also covered the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.[6] After €2 million in budget cuts, the bureau was closed in 2009, giving RTÉ a saving of €75,000.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d "DCU Alumni News". Dublin City University. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "About Margaret Ward". RTÉ News China. Archived from the original on May 31, 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "Margaret Ward". Lismore Festival of Travel Writing. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Chad: Africa's forgotten crisis". RTÉ News and Current Affairs. Archived from the original on January 5, 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Margaret Ward". Irish Independent. 2 August 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "RTÉ Annual Report" (PDF). RTÉ. 2008. p. 16. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Ronan McGreevy (13 June 2009). "The drama heats up at Montrose". The Irish Times. Retrieved 7 July 2010.