Ted Koppel was born to Jewish German parents, Alive and Edwin on 8th February in 1940. His father owned a tire making company in Germany when Hitler started gaining power in Germany, the British Home Secretary welcomed Koppel’s parents to relocate the company to England. Though the safety of the family was assured by the secretary, once the war began, his father was named an enemy of the British Empire and was imprisoned.
His mother struggled to raise the infant and did menial jobs and sold few of her belongings to keep the family afloat. Once his father was released and war had seized, the family got money from their assets that were previously confiscated, they then moved to the United States of America, when Koppel was just thirteen years old. In America, his mother worked as a pianist and singer, and his father once again started his tire business. Koppel became an American citizen in 1963.
Koppel attended a private preparatory school, The McBurney School located in New York. He studied at the Syracuse University and graduated with a degree in Science at the age of twenty. He earned his master’s of arts in mass communication from the prestigious Stanford University.
In 1963, Ted married Grace Anne Dorney, whom he met while at Stanford. The couple was blessed with four children, three daughters named Andrea, Tara and Deirdre and a son named Andrew. He has co-written the book ‘In the National Interest’. Koppel speaks four languages, French, German, English and German.
Ted Koppel was hired by the ABC Radio News in 1963, he became the youngest correspondent ever who worked on Flair Reports. He came into the limelight when along with Charles Osgood, he covered the assassination of Kennedy the same year.
During 1964, he covered his first presidential nominating convention. Ted’s works include covering the Vietnam War and the Civil rights movement in Alabama. After returning from Hong Kong, reporting the Vietnam War in 1968, he reported the Richard Nixon campaign. He has held the position of Hong Kong bureau chief and correspondent of U.S. State Department.
Koppel was honoured with the Alfred I. DuPont by the Columbia University for his exceptional work on the series ‘Second to None?’, that focused on bringing to the public the possible danger on a nuclear war, he brought in his own research and unfolded the complex information into a simple one for better understanding.
Ted Koppel spent 25 years hosting ‘Nightline’, his last episode as an anchor televised acclaimed portions of episodes he did Morrie Schwartz. He is a recipient of three George Foster Peabody Awards, two Sigma Delta Chi Awards and two George Polk Awards among many other awards. Koppel has earned an outstanding number of 25 Emmy Awards, with a Life Time Achievement Award in 2007. He awarded an honorary doctorate from Duke University in 1987.
Last Modified: Mar 6, 2020