Renowned journalist Ted Koppel will be the guest of honor for WFAE’s annual gala, Thursday, June 6 at the Charlotte Convention Center. For this exciting event, Koppel will sit for an interview with WFAE CEO Joe O’Connor. Portions of the interview will air as a future episode of WFAE’s acclaimed Charlotte Talks.
Koppel is best known as the presenter of Nightline, the distinguished ABC late-night news show which ran for 25 years with Koppel as its chief anchor. Since 2006, Koppel has provided commentary to NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
O’Connor, who served as a producer for Nightline for 14 years, will interview Koppel about his career and the role that journalism plays in the health of our democracy.
Guests to this once-in-a-lifetime event will enjoy a delicious dinner during the interview. Following the interview, guests will be invited to a dessert reception.
ABOUT TED KOPPEL
Ted Koppel is an English-born U.S. broadcast journalist, best known as the anchor for Nightline from the program’s inception in 1980 until 2005. Koppel came to the U.S. in 1953. Originally a newscaster for WABC radio, he switched to television reporting while covering the Vietnam War. He is known for his consistently knowledgeable and sometimes piercing interviews.
The son of German-Jewish refugees, Koppel came to the United States in 1953 and became an American citizen in 1963. He earned degrees from Syracuse and Stanford universities.
Originally a newscaster for WABC radio (1963–1967), he switched to television reporting while covering the Vietnam War, becoming ABC’s chief diplomatic correspondent (1971) and presenter of the Saturday Night News (1975).
Koppel is best known as the presenter of Nightline, the distinguished ABC late-night news show which started its run during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis (originally called America Held Hostage). The nightly news program ran for 25 years with Koppel as its chief anchor. He is known for his consistently knowledgeable and sometimes piercing interviews. Koppel left his post as Nightline anchor in 2005 after 42 years with the ABC network.
In June 2006, Koppel began work on NPR providing commentary to Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He continued to work in media signing with Discovery Communications and in 2008 produced a four-part documentary about China titled The People’s Republic of Capitalism. Koppel and his wife Grace-Anne Dorney-Koppel oversee the philanthropic work of the Dorney-Koppel Family Charitable Foundation, which has helped to fund the creation of numerous pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation clinics in Maryland, West Virginia, Louisiana, and within WFAE’s broadcast area of Hickory, North Carolina.