Ted Koppel

Respected broadcast journalist Ted Koppel is a commentator, occasionally contributing to NPR's midday news and talk show Talk of the Nation where, through conversations with host Neal Conan and callers into the program, Koppel provides analysis, commentary and perspective on the topics and events that shape our world.

His news experience and interests are wide-ranging, spanning topics from national security, values, privacy, health and the media to Iran, Iraq and the Mideast.

Koppel's half-century broadcasting career spans radio and television, and includes every major professional recognition. He is best-known for his role as anchor and managing editor of ABC News' Nightline, which has defined excellence in television news reporting, interviewing and analysis since its debut in 1980. As the nation's longest-running network daily news anchor, Koppel's interviews and reporting touched every major news story over the past 25 years. He left Nightline in November 2005. Most recently, Koppel was managing editor of the Discovery Channel, anchoring and producing long-form programming that examined major global events.

Koppel began his broadcasting career at WMCA Radio, New York. In 1963, he joined ABC Radio News as a correspondent for its daily Flair Reports program, where one of his first assignments was to cover the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He moved to television in 1966 when reporting on the Vietnam War.

During his 42 years at ABC News, Koppel also worked as anchor of The ABC Saturday Night News, chief diplomatic correspondent, Vietnam War correspondent and Hong Kong bureau chief. He has also had a major reporting role in every presidential campaign since 1964.

Koppel has won every major broadcasting industry honor, including 41 Emmy Awards, eight George Foster Peabody Awards, ten duPont-Columbia Awards, ten Overseas Press Club Awards, two George Polk Awards and two Sigma Delta Chi Awards, the highest honor bestowed for public service by the Society of Professional Journalists. Among his other tributes are the first Gold Baton in the history of the duPont-Columbia Awards for Nightline's weeklong series originating from South Africa, the Gabriel Personal Achievement Award from the National Catholic Association of Broadcasters and Communicators and selection as a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the Republic of France. He has received more than 20 honorary degrees from universities in the United States.

A native of Lancashire, England, Koppel moved to the United States with his parents when he was 13 years old and became a U.S. citizen in 1963. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University and a master's degree in mass communications research and political science from Stanford University.

He is married to Grace Anne Dorney of New York City. They live in Maryland, and have four children and three grandchildren.

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4:14 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Book Review: 'All The Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid'

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 3:53 pm

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In May 1987, Sen. Gary Hart stepped up to a microphone and pulled out of the race for president. Hart spoke not only about his decision, but about a sea change he perceived in how the media covered national politics.

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6:22 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

A Writer Who Defied The System In 'The Zhivago Affair'

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 7:20 pm

What appeared in Soviet newspapers, magazines and books during the 1950s was processed through so many layers of censorship, that what ultimately emerged was mostly propaganda. Writers and poets who defied the system, went unpublished, lost their jobs and often their homes. Many were sent to the gulag, or died in the cellars of the KGB.

During the worst terror of the Stalin years, Boris Pasternak, the author of Dr. Zhivago, was left largely alone because, it was rumored, Stalin liked some of his poetry.

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3:02 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

'Stringer': Finding Your Feet In The Chaos Of Congo

Image from cover of Stringer

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 12:19 pm

In journalism, a stringer is a freelance reporter or photographer who gets paid on the basis of each story or picture sold. So, much of the time there's no regular salary, no living allowance, and often, no travel subsidy. It's a tough way to make a living; especially since the competition in a major market like New York or London is prohibitively fierce. The trick for a young journalist is to find a location rich in material but light on the competitive side; the more poverty-stricken, dirty, corrupt and dangerous, the better.

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