Former anchor of Nightline and a journalist for 45 years, Ted Koppel captivates listeners with in-depth insight into current events and the untold stories from across the globe.
Koppel’s career spans political campaigns from Goldwater and Johnson in 1964 to McCain and Obama in 2008. He covered the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama; he was in Cape Town when Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison; and he was in Denver when Barack Obama was nominated for the presidency of the United States. Koppel covered the Vietnam conflict for more than three years in the late ’60s and early ’70s, he was embedded with the U.S. Army in 2003 during the invasion of Iraq and he was a combat correspondent for eight other wars in between. Koppel was with Richard Nixon on his historic visit to China in 1972, and he covered Henry Kissinger’s Mideast shuttle diplomacy in the mid-’70s. During his 43 years at ABC, Ted Koppel reported on more than 10 wars, most recently the war in Iraq where he was an embedded correspondent with the U.S. Army. Since leaving ABC in 2005, Koppel has been a contributing columnist for The New York Times, a senior news analyst for National Public Radio, a contributing analyst for the BBC and a managing editor for the Discovery Channel. While at the Discovery Channel, Koppel won acclaim for his groundbreaking documentaries on Iran and China. No journalist in the history of the Overseas Press Club of America has won its award for distinguished reporting as many times as Ted Koppel—11 times. With his eight George Foster Peabody Awards, 11 Columbia-Dupont Awards and 42 Emmys, there are few journalists who have a record of accomplishment to match Koppel’s.