Ted Koppel

Legendary Anchor of ABC News’ Nightline; Contributing Columnist, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal; Senior Contributor to the CBS Sunday Morning Show.

During more than 50 years that he has worked as a professional journalist, Ted has embodied the term “eyewitness to history.”

He covered:  

  • John F. Kennedy’s funeral in 1963
  • Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign in 1964
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.’s civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965
  • A succession of 10 conflicts as an ABC News war correspondent, beginning with Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia in 1967, ’69, ’70 and ’71 and finally as an embedded correspondent with the 3rd Armored Infantry Division during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
  • Richard Nixon’s presidential campaign in 1968 and his historic visit to the People’s Republic of China in 1972.
  • Henry Kissinger’s shuttle diplomacy in the Middle East in 1973 and ‘74
  • Koppel was with Mikhail Gorbachev inside the Kremlin on the last day of the Soviet Union, and was the first journalist to interview Nelson Mandela at his home in Soweto, South Africa, upon his release after 27 years in prison.

Over the course of 26 years as anchor and managing editor of Nightline, Koppel became the longest-serving news anchor in U.S. broadcast history. After leaving ABC in 2005, Koppel and his colleagues produced 20 hours of documentaries for the Discovery Network where he served as managing editor. Since then, he has worked as a contributing analyst for BBC America and a special correspondent for the NBC News magazine program, Rock Center.

In 2012, New York University named Koppel one of the “100 outstanding journalists in the United States in the last 100 years.” When he left ABC News after 42 years, he was the most honored reporter in that network’s history, having received more “Overseas Press Club” awards than the previous record holder, Edward R. Murrow, and eight “George Foster Peabody” awards. Television’s equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize is the Columbia-DuPont award. Koppel has won 12 of them. He has also been awarded 42 Emmys, including one for lifetime achievement.

Koppel’s most recent book, a New York Times best-seller, Lights Out (October 2015) examines a threat unique to our time and evaluates potential ways for the U.S. to prepare for a cyber-catastrophe. Koppel serves as commentator and nonfiction book reviewer for National Public Radio. He is also a contributing columnist to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. As of February 2016, Ted has undertaken a new assignment for CBS News as Senior Contributor to the CBS Sunday Morning Show.

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