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Overview (4)

Born in Lancashire, England, UK
Birth NameEdward James Martin Koppel
Nicknames Teddy
Red Top
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ted Koppel was born on February 8, 1940 in Lancashire, England as Edward James Martin Koppel. He is known for his work on Koppel on Discovery (2006), ABC News Nightline (1980) and CBS News Sunday Morning (1979). He has been married to Grace Anne Koppel since May 17, 1963. They have four children.

Spouse (1)

Grace Anne Koppel (17 May 1963 - present) ( 4 children)

Trade Mark (1)

His deep smooth mellow voice.

Trivia (22)

His wife gave him a motorcycle for his 60th birthday.
Has 3 daughters and 1 son: Deirdre, Andrew, Tara and Andrea Koppel, also a TV news-person, who covers the State Dept for CNN.
Winner of 25 Emmy Awards, five George Foster Peabody Awards, eight duPont-Columbia Awards, nine 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.
Named Broadcaster of the Year in 1987
Member of the Broadcasting Hall of Fame
He has received honorary degrees from Syracuse University, Colgate University, The University of South Carolina, American University, New England School of Law, Fairfield University, Middlebury College, Georgetown School of Law, Dartmouth College, Knox College, Howard University, Duke University, Saint Louis University, University of Pennsylvania, Tufts University, Johns Hopkins University and Catholic University.
From 1971 to 1980, was ABC News' Chief Diplomatic Correspondent
Anchored The ABC Saturday Night News from 1975-7
Cowrote book: In the National Interest
Moved to the US when he was 13
Has BS degree from Syracuse University and an MA in mass communications research and political science from Stanford University
Became a U. S. citizen in 1963
Favorite author is Patrick O'Brian.
Most prized possession is his family Torah
Enjoys sailing
His parents were Jews living in Germany in the 1930s. They emigrated to England to escape from the Nazis.
He speaks fluent German, Russian and French.
Wife, Grace Anne Koppel, is an attorney, who worked full-time while Koppel held fast to his agreement to stay at home as a full-time dad early in their careers.
His father Erwin owned a tire factory, mother Alice was a singer and pianist.
Father of Andrea Koppel.
NBC News special correspondent [2011].
Release of his book, "Off Camera: Private Thoughts Made Public". [2000]

Personal Quotes (5)

When asked if he is narcissistic: "No, I'm too ugly to be narcissistic." The Wall Street Journal describes him as "the pre-eminent TV interviewer in America", while The Los Angeles Times refers to him as "the undisputed reigning lion of tough TV interview journalism."
(Reflecting on ABC's almost succeeding in taking ABC News Nightline (1980) off the air in 2002:) "There's nothing more invigorating in life than getting shot at and missed" (tho he misquoted Churchill who used the final phrase "shot at without result").
"I think we're glazing eyes all across America" [Interrupting a long-winded guest, ABC News Nightline (1980), 13 Feb 1987].
I have the necessary lack of tact. [on interviewing guests on Nightline, 1984]
Peter [Jennings] was famously attracted to women. Even so, he only married four of them.

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