A Conversation with
Conducted by Lawrence Pintak, founding dean,
The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication
Ted Koppel is one of the leading broadcast journalists of our time, perhaps best known as the longtime anchor of ABC's Nightline. Now a news analyst for NPR and contributor to BBC America, he has been an outspoken critic of the current state of American media.
Koppel began his broadcasting career at WMCA Radio in New York. In 1963, he joined ABC Radio News as their youngest-ever correspondent. One of his first assignments was to cover the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He moved to television in 1966, reporting on the Vietnam War, and has since covered countless headline events, including the tragedies of 9/11 and ensuing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
During his 42 years at ABC News, Koppel also worked as anchor of The ABC Saturday Night News, as chief diplomatic correspondent, and as Hong Kong bureau chief. He has held a significant reporting role in every U.S. presidential campaign since 1964.
Koppel has won every major American broadcast industry honor, including 41 Emmy Awards, eight George Foster Peabody Awards, 10 duPont-Columbia Awards, 10 Overseas Press Club Awards, two George Polk Awards, and two Sigma Delta Chi Awards.
He received the 2011 Edward R. Murrow Award for Lifetime Achievement in Broadcast Journalism on September 23, 2011, on the WSU Pullman campus.