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March 28, 2011
Wherever there is news, there is Ted Koppel. With journalistic experience spanning more than ten wars, including serving as an embedded correspondent role with the U.S. Army in Iraq, Koppel has made a career of daring to go where other people won’t and uncovering the untold stories. In a presentation as fresh as today’s headlines, Koppel trains his keen intellect on the stories people are talking about—from unrest in North Africa and the Middle East to the emergence of China and India to America in the era of Obama and a nation facing an uncertain financial future. We live in perilous times of rapid change and there is no more experienced guide than Ted Koppel to help us make sense of it all.
We live in difficult and dangerous times and new technologies have changed the face of journalism. Is that a good thing? You’d be hard-pressed to find a more experienced expert than Ted Koppel. A legend who has spent a career asking tough questions and breaking new ground, Koppel understands the past, present and future of journalism. While many embrace a news culture focused on celebrity and fluff, Koppel makes us take a hard look at the news business while arguing that integrity, vision and courage need to continue to be at the core of the news. Koppel provides insights into the evolution—and in some cases regression—of how we get our news. With humorous rapport and personal anecdotes, Koppel takes audiences into the future, helping them to better understand how the news affects every aspect of our lives.
One of the world’s most respected and acclaimed broadcast journalists, Ted Koppel provides audiences with in-depth analysis, commentary and perspective on the current events that shape our world every day.
With a career that spans over half a century, Ted Koppel is recognized around the world as one of the most trusted and revered voices on current events and issues of global importance. With his trademark wisdom, wit, warmth and superb storytelling skills, Koppel shares with audiences his observations on the state of the U.S. and the world, providing unmatched analysis of the important foreign policy and political headlines, the alarming partisanship and acrimony that has taken over the political process, the economic challenges, the social issues of the day—and the people behind the scenes. A member of the Broadcasting Hall of Fame, Koppel’s iconic broadcasting career spans radio and television and includes every major professional recognition including eight George Peabody Awards, 11 duPont-Columbia Awards (television’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize) and 42 Emmys. He is best known for his role as anchor and managing editor of ABC News’ Nightline, which defined excellence in television news reporting, interviewing and analysis touching every major news story over the past 35 years. Today, Koppel serves as special correspondent for NBC’s prime time newsmagazine Rock Center with Brian Williams, commentator for NPR and a contributing columnist for The New York Times and The Washington Post. In March 2012, the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University named Koppel one of the "100 Outstanding Journalists in the United States in the Last 100 Years.” He recently served as contributing news analyst and commentator for BBC America and managing editor of the Discovery Channel where he anchored and produced long-form programming which examined major global events including a look at China’s economy, The People’s Republic of Capitalism; the global war on terror, Our Children’s Children’s War; and Iran and the historical reasons for Iranians’ suspicions about the U.S., their support of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s refusal to halt Iran’s nuclear program and their perspectives on Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel, The Most Dangerous Nation.