Ted Koppel joined the Discovery Channel in January 2006, where he will anchor and produce long-form programming examining major global topics and events.
Koppel is a 42-year veteran of ABC News. From 1980 to 2005, he was the anchor and managing editor of ABC News Nightline, one of the most honored broadcasts in television history. As the nation’s longest running network daily news anchor, his interviews and reporting touched every major news story over the past 25 years.
A member of the Broadcasting Hall of Fame, Koppel has won every major broadcasting award, including 40 Emmy Awards, eight George Foster Peabody Awards, 10 duPont-Columbia Awards, and two George Polk Awards. His 10 Overseas Press Club Awards make him the most honored journalist in the club’s history. He has received more than 20 honorary degrees from universities in the United States.
Before becoming Nightline anchor, Koppel worked as an anchor, foreign and domestic correspondent, and bureau chief of ABC News.
A native of Lancashire, England, Koppel moved to the U.S. with his parents when he was 13 years old, and became a U.S. citizen in 1963. Koppel speaks fluent German, adequate French and smatterings of a half dozen other languages. He holds a bachelor of science from Syracuse University and an M.A. in mass communications research and political science from Stanford.
He is married to the former Grace Anne Dorney of New York City. They reside in Maryland, and have four children and three grandchildren.