Ted Koppel

Past Global Perspectives Guest Speaker

News Anchor Ted Koppel is a senior news analyst for National Public Radio and a contributing analyst for BBC America’s World News America. Koppel spent the first 42 years of his career at ABC News. From 1980 until 2005, he was the anchor and managing editor of ABC News Nightline, one of the most honored broadcasts in television history. As the nation’s longest running network daily news anchor, his interviews and reporting touched every major news story over a span of 25 years. And he will share his experiences with guests aboard the April 29, 2010 British & Irish Isles voyage.

A member of the Broadcasting Hall of Fame, Koppel has won every major broadcasting award including 42 Emmy Awards (one for lifetime achievement), eight George Foster Peabody Awards, 10 DuPont-Columbia Awards, and two George Polk Awards. His 10 Overseas Press Club Awards make him the most honored journalist in the Club’s history. He has received more than 20 honorary degrees from universities in the United States.

Before becoming Nightline anchor, Koppel worked as an anchor, foreign and domestic correspondent and bureau chief for ABC News.

A native of Lancashire, England, Koppel moved to the United States with his parents when he was 13 and became a U.S. citizen in 1963. Koppel speaks fluent German, adequate French, and smatterings of a half dozen other languages. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University and a Master of Arts in mass communications research and political science from Stanford University.

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