New York, N.Y. — Media Industry Newsletter (MIN) has elected Jacob Ward, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science, to its list of the 21 Most Intriguing People in Media. Every year since 2003, the trade publication has recognized those who made a difference in the media.
MIN Editor-in-Chief Steve Cohn says of the prestigious honor: “It may not be a slam-dunk success, but the people we call intriguing are getting the attention from their peers and the marketplace by their innovation, strategy and occasional guts.”
An awards ceremony honoring Ward and the others will be held Dec. 10 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.
Ward was promoted to Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science earlier this year. He joined the brand in 2006 as Deputy Editor, and spent five years leading the magazine’s editorial operations in New York. In 2010 Ward opened a new office for the magazine in San Francisco, and was named West Coast Bureau Chief. There, in addition to his duties as an editor, he built new products for the brand, including a crowdsourced-innovation pavilion through InnoCentive on PopSci.com, a curated technology showcase in New York, and several educational initiatives centered on science, technology, engineering and math.
Ward began his career as a staff writer at The Industry Standard. He went on to be an editor at Architecture, managing editor at ReadyMade magazine and senior editor at Men’s Journal. Ward has written about technology and science for magazines including Wired and The New Yorker. He has also hosted television programs for the Discovery Channel, PBS and National Geographic Television, and is a regular science and technology commentator for the BBC.
Ward, 38, is a Connecticut native, and grew up in New Haven and Seattle. He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Wesleyan University.