Ted Koppel is the managing editor for the Discovery Channel and a senior news analyst for NPR. He joined the Discovery Channel in 2006, where he anchors and produces long-form programming that examines major global events for one of the largest cable networks in the country. He is best-known for his role as anchor and managing editor of ABC News Nightline. As the nation’s longest-running network daily news anchor, Koppel's interviews and reporting touched every major news story over the past 25 years.
Koppel began his broadcasting career at WMCA Radio, New York. In 1963, he joined ABC Radio News as a correspondent for its daily Flair Reports program. He moved to television in 1966 when reporting on the Vietnam War. During his 42 years at ABC News, Koppel also worked as anchor of The ABC Saturday Night News, chief diplomatic correspondent, Vietnam War correspondent and Hong Kong bureau chief. He also had a major reporting role in every presidential campaign since 1964.
Koppel has won every major broadcasting 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, the highest honor bestowed for public service by the Society of Professional Journalists. Among his other tributes are the first Gold Baton in the history of the duPont-Columbia Awards for Nightline's weeklong series originating from South Africa, the Gabriel Personal Achievement Award from the National Catholic Association of Broadcasters and Communicators and selection as a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the Republic of France.