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Leon Panetta

January 30, 2017

Ted Koppel
Legendary anchor of ABC News' Nightline; Contributing columnist, The New York Times, The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, Senior contributor to the CBS Sunday Morning Show

With a career that spans over half a century, Ted Koppel is recognized around the world as one of the most trusted and revered voices on current events and issues of global importance. With his trademark wisdom, wit, warmth and superb storytelling skills, Koppel shares with audiences his observations on the state of the U.S. and the world, providing unmatched analysis of the important foreign policy and political headlines, the alarming partisanship and acrimony that has taken over the political process, the economic challenges, the social issues of the day—and the people behind the scenes. A member of the Broadcasting Hall of Fame, Koppel’s iconic broadcasting career spans radio and television and includes every major professional recognition including eight George Peabody Awards, 11 duPont-Columbia Awards (television’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize) and 42 Emmys. He is best known for his role as anchor and managing editor of ABC News’ Nightline, which defined excellence in television news reporting, interviewing and analysis touching every major news story over the past 35 years. Today, Koppel serves as a news analyst for NPR and a contributing columnist for The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, and is also a Senior Contributor to The CBS Sunday Morning Show. In March 2012, the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University named Koppel one of the "100 Outstanding Journalists in the United States in the Last 100 Years.” After retiring from ABC News, following 42 years with the network, Ted joined the Discovery network as its managing editor. He and a team of producers who followed him from ABC, developed more than a dozen documentaries for the network. More recently, Koppel was invited to serve as special correspondent on the NBC News magazine Rock Center. In 2014, he began researching his latest book, a New York Times best seller, Lights Out (October, 2015), in which he examines a threat unique to our time and evaluates potential ways for America to prepare for a cyber-catastrophe.

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