|For immediate release
January 12, 2006
TED KOPPEL TO JOIN NPR AS SENIOR NEWS ANALYST
Award-Winning Journalist to Contribute to NPR Newsmagazines, Breaking News and Special Events Coverage, NPR Podcasts and NPR.org
Washington, D.C. -- Ted Koppel, one of America's most-honored journalists, will join NPR in June 2006 as Senior News Analyst, contributing to its news programming on broadcast radio and on all new media platforms.
Koppel will provide analysis, commentary and perspective on NPR News national programming approximately 50 times a year, including the newsmagazines Morning Edition, the #1-ranked morning show on all radio, and #2 radio program overall; All Things Considered, the #4-ranked radio program overall, and Day to Day, the new NPR midday newsmagazine. He will also serve as an analyst during breaking news and special events coverage.
Additionally, Koppel's work will appear on www.NPR.org and in NPR Podcasts, which recently surpassed 9 million downloads in the four months since launch and are consistently among the most-popular on iTunes.
"Ted told the Wall Street Journal that 'The e-mail that I was leaving went out at 10:59 (and) the first offer to go elsewhere came at 11:01.' It took us those two minutes to get his e-mail address," said Jay Kernis, Senior Vice President for Programming, NPR.
"Ted and NPR are a natural fit, with curiosity about the world and commitment to getting to the heart of the story," Kernis added. "He has not only covered every significant news event in the last four decades, but has shined a light on stories, issues and people who would otherwise be invisible. Listeners have always counted on NPR to report the news and make sense of it. The role of news analyst has been a tradition on NPR newsmagazines and there is no one better-qualified to uphold and grow that tradition than Ted."
"I have been an unabashed fan of NPR for many years and have stolen untold excellent ideas from its programming. It's time to give something back," said Koppel.
Koppel's half-century broadcasting career spans radio and television and includes every major professional recognition. He is best-known for his role as anchor and managing editor of Nightline, which has defined excellence in television news reporting, interviewing and analysis since its debut in March 1980. During his 42-year career at ABC News, which concluded in November 2005, Koppel has also worked as anchor of The ABC Saturday Night News, chief diplomatic correspondent, Vietnam War correspondent and Hong Kong bureau chief, and has had a major reporting role in every presidential campaign since 1964.
Koppel began his broadcasting career at WMCA Radio, New York. In June 1963, he joined ABC Radio News as a correspondent for its daily Flair Reports program, where one of his first assignments was to cover the President Kennedy assassination from Washington, D.C. He moved to television in 1966 when reporting on the Vietnam War.
On January 4, 2006, Discovery Channel announced that Koppel would host and produce longform programming examining major global topics and events, including documentaries and town halls. Koppel has also been named Managing Editor at the Discovery Channel. Joining him in the project are longtime Nightline Executive Producer Tom Bettag and eight former Nightline staff members. NPR and Discovery Channel have agreed that NPR can make the audio simulcast of the television town hall events available to NPR member stations for broadcast.
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 week-long 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. He has received more than 20 honorary degrees from universities in the U.S.
Since its launch in 1970, NPR has evolved into a leading media company, primary news provider and dominant force in American life. In partnership with 815 public radio stations, it attracts almost 26 million listeners to the nearly 150 hours of programming it produces and distributes weekly. NPR maintains news bureaus and correspondents in 37 cities worldwide and, in 2002, opened the NPR West production facility in Los Angeles. A privately-supported, non-profit membership organization, NPR is also active in new media platforms through www.NPR.org, its successful NPR Podcasts, two 24/7 NPR channels on Sirius Satellite Radio and five 24/7 multicast music channels for HD Radio, a technology in which it has led industry research and development. NPR Worldwide serves nearly 150 countries with a full schedule of programming offered through terrestrial, satellite and digital radio; national cable, and American Forces Network.