Bud Ward was editor of Yale Climate Connections from 2007-2022. He started his environmental journalism career in 1974. He later served as assistant director of the U.S. Congress's National Commission on Air Quality, before founding The Environmental Forum magazine in 1982. In 1988 he established Environment Writer for journalists covering natural resources and environmental issues.
A co-founder of the Society of Environmental Journalists in 1989, he served as a frequent environmental analyst for NPR’s "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition," and he founded and managed the foundation-funded Central European Environmental Journalism Program.
An advisory editor for the Oxford University Second Edition of Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather (2007), and an adviser in 2007/2008 to the United Nations Development Program, he administered the jury for the Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment throughout the six-year history of that prize. George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communications in 2009 named him its "Climate Change Communicator of the Year."
An elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), he is a member of SEJ and of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the American Meteorological Society (AMS). He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Penn State University.