Thursday, July 19, 2007

Immigrant of the Day: Ted Koppel

275pxkoppelpressEdward James "Ted" Koppel (born February 8, 1940) is an American journalist, best known as the former anchorman for ABC's Nightline.

Koppel has won every major broadcasting award, including 37 Emmy Awards, six George Foster Peabody Awards, 10 duPont-Columbia Awards, nine Overseas Press Club Awards, two George Polk Awards and two Sigma Delta Chi Awards, the highest honor bestowed for public service by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Koppel was born in Lancashire, England, after his Jewish parents fled Germany due to the rise of Hitler. His family came to the United States in 1953. Koppel graduated from Syracuse with a Bachelor of Science degree and from Stanford University with a Master of Arts degree in mass communications research and political science.

Koppel started working at ABC in 1963, first as a foreign correspondent for the network. He is most widely known as the long-time lead anchorman for Nightline, a position he held when the program debuted in 1980. Koppel gave up that position on November 22, 2005.

Koppel is multilingual, speaking German, Russian, and French, in addition to his native English.

Trivia:  Koppel is mentioned briefly in the Simpsons episode "Homer Loves Flanders." Homer wakes in a sweat and utters "I think I hate Ted Koppel". He then thinks for a moment and instead says "No wait, I find him informative and witty."

For more about Koppel, including links to other websites, click here.


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