City of Houston press secretary's emails released

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HOUSTON – It’s a controversy Mayor Sylvester Turner has had to endure during the first weeks of 2018.

It revolves around previously unreleased emails by his press secretary, Darian Ward.

It led to a lengthy suspension without pay for Ward, as well as an investigation by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

On Friday night, Channel 2 Investigates obtained more than 1,000 of Ward's emails.

While defending Ward on Jan. 3, Turner said she has done her job “extremely well.”

What Ward's emails reveal involves wasting taxpayers’ dollars by pitching a reality television show around two different concepts.

One of her productions was called “Million Dollar Challenge.”

There have been numerous instances over the years of Ward pushing her reality television anywhere possible. In one email in July 2017, she states, “I will check the Mayor’s schedule,” but in the next paragraph she changes topics with the sender and touts her “two projects” in development, hoping for a meeting with Warner Bros.

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