Simone Ward was born in Atlanta and raised by her mother in New Mexico. She knew early on she had a passion for sports. While in school she competed in tennis, basketball, volleyball, and track. In her free time, she enjoyed skiing and horseback riding in the mountains of New Mexico. Just before entering high school, Simone decided to leave the southwest and headed for Atlanta where she lived with her father and two older brothers. She graduated from Benjamin E. Mays High School where she earned a scholarship to the University of Georgia. While there she majored in Psychology, minored in African Studies, and graduated magna cum laude. Following college, Simone worked for Turner Sports where she developed lasting relationships while learning the ropes of the television broadcasting industry. In 2008, Simone took over the coveted role of Entertainment Reporter for the nationally syndicated, 2 Live Stews Radio show, where she was known as Lady Simone. It was that radio show that led to her current position as Hawks TV Sideline reporter. In addition to her love of sports, she currently serves on the board for the Congressional Black Caucus Scholarship Committee, and lends her support to efforts that raise awareness to the HIV/AIDS pandemic and women’s issues. She is the mother of one child, Jaden Ward.

Zodiac Sign: Libra

Hometown:
Atlanta, GA

Rookie Year in Radio:
2008

Pets:
Bailey, Miniature Pincher

Married/Single/Other:
Single

Hobbies/Interests: I play tennis twice a week and my next goal is to learn to play golf! I’ll try anything once…I just finished taking a flying trapeze class…FUN! And, as cliché as it sounds I truly love to travel…next on my list, South Africa!

Causes You Believe In:
1.Women for Women International- An organization that helps women who have survived in war torn regions all over the world.
2. Efforts that raise awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Favorite Artist:
Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys and TI

Book You'd Recommend:
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and The Shack by William P. Young is a MUST read!

Favorite Movie: Coming to America; Pride and Prejudice; and To Kill a Mockingbird.

Favorite CDs: Itunes!

I'd Give Anything To Meet:
I’d love to meet and interview President Barack Obama.

Favorite Food:
Steak! My favorite restaurant is Prime 112 in South Beach.

You'd Never Know That I:
held a summer job in New Mexico that included washing horses and herding steers through the chutes at rodeos.

Favorite Thing About Hawks Games: WINNING!!!

Closing Comment:
If you are not willing to look stupid nothing great is ever going to happen to you.