Kent Ward was born May 4, 1932 in Limestone, Maine. His mother was a librarian and his father worked in the gardening business. He had seven siblings, graduated from high school in 1949 and went to Becker Junior College in Worcester, Massachusetts to study journalism. Upon graduation, he spent two years in Korea and then became the editor for the Limestone Leader and worked there for eight years. In 1962, he moved to the Bangor Daily News and became their Rockland Bureau Chief for three years. There, he went from general assignment, to state editor (covered politics for six years), to Maine editor, and retired as associate managing editor. At the time of this interview he continued to contribute articles to the Bangor Daily News.
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