Ted Koppel is an English-born U.S. broadcast journalist, best known as the anchor for Nightline from the program's inception in 1980 until 2005. Koppel came to the U.S. in 1953. Originally a newscaster for WABC radio, he switched to television reporting while covering the Vietnam War. He is known for his consistently knowledgeable and sometimes piercing interviews.
Television journalist, born on February 8, 1940 in Lancashire, NW England, UK. Ted Koppel is the son of German-Jewish refugees, he came to the United States in 1953 and became an American citizen in 1963. He earned degrees from Syracuse and Stanford universities.
Originally a newscaster for WABC radio (1963–7), he switched to television reporting while covering the Vietnam War, becoming ABC's chief diplomatic correspondent (1971) and presenter of the Saturday Night News (1975).
Perhaps Koppel is best known as the presenter of Nightline, the distinguished ABC late-night news show which started its run during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis (originally called America Held Hostage). The nightly news program ran for 25 years with Koppel as its chief anchor. He is known for his consistently knowledgeable and sometimes piercing interviews. Koppel resigned his post as Nightline anchor on November 22, 2005 and left ABC after 42 years with the network.
In June 2006, he began work on National Public Radio providing commentary to Morning Edition, All Things Considered. He continued to work in media signing with Discovery Communications and in 2008 produced a four part documentary about China The People's Republic of Capitalism.
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