Rachel Ward joined NPR's Morning Edition in 2012. She works as a producer and coordinates coverage across shifts. She previously served as the founding editor of the Innovation Trail, a collaborative reporting project on the economy of upstate New York. Ward has covered business and the economy for WXXI in Rochester, N.Y., and has hosted broadcasts at WXXI, WOUB in Athens, Ohio, and WRUW in Cleveland, Ohio. She has an M.A. from Ohio University's Scripps College of Communication.
Each fall when it turns cold, a candy maker in Rome, N.Y., kicks into production on a confection known as turkey joints. And each year as Christmas approaches, Rachel Ward of WXXI receives a jar of these bone-shaped candies in her shoe from her mother-in-law.