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Senior News Analyst for National Public Radio and Contributing Analyst to BBC World News America

LEGEND: Ted Koppel broke new ground as anchor and managing editor of television's first late-night network news program, "Nightline." There he brought his hallmark cool intelligence and perspective to the discussion of the most important news stories of the day. Over five decades covering 10 wars and every political convention since 1964, Koppel has won every prestigious broadcasting award, including 41 Emmys, and has interviewed the world's leading political and cultural figures including Gen. Colin Powell, Nelson Mandela, Hillary Clinton and Muhammad Ali.

THE LEGEND CONTINUES: After 45 years in journalism including 25 years with "Nightline," Koppel has taken on a new challenge: managing editor for The Discovery Channel -- producing a series of long-form programs that provide in-depth reporting which give viewers insight and the ability to form their own opinions on important global issues. He also serves as a contributing columnist for The New York Times and provides regular commentary on National Public Radio. To these new forums Koppel brings his unique gift for getting to the heart of the moral, legal or ethical friction in any situation.

IN PERSON: Koppel is a superb story-teller; the San Francisco Chronicle said he "really knows how to craft a picture in words." Nowhere is that skill more evident than in his live presentations where he entertains and enlightens audiences with personal anecdotes, insights and humor that help give a rare glimpse into the substantive issues of the day.

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Breaking News: A Look Around the Globe with Ted Koppel

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.

A Brave New World: The Future of Journalism

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.

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