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PULLMAN, Wash. – Television news veteran Ted Koppel will be honored with the 2011 Edward R. Murrow Award for Lifetime Achievement in Broadcast Journalism during a free public program at Washington State University.
He will present the keynote address, “ and Murrow was worried back then!” during the program, which will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Beasley Coliseum as part of the 37th Edward R. Murrow Symposium.
Koppel may be best known for his work as anchor of ABC’s “Nightline” – from its launch during the 1980 Iran hostage crisis until he left the network in 2005. Now a news analyst for National Public Radio and a contributor to BBC America, he has been a vocal critic of the state of American journalism and a champion of the high standards set by Murrow.
Legacies of solid reporting
The subject of his address derives from his unique perspective as one of the leading broadcast journalists of our time.
“Ted Koppel is a living example of the values that drove Edward R. Murrow,” said Lawrence Pintak, founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at WSU. “He’s a reminder in this age of opinion and factoids that solid, balanced reporting is fundamental to our democracy.”
“I never met Ed Murrow,” said Koppel, “but my life has been bracketed by his influence, first as a boy in London, listening with my father as the BBC re-broadcast some of his wartime reports for CBS – those gave me my first appetite for journalism – and now (by) the great honor of receiving this award that bears his name, which still sets the standard for what broadcast journalism can and should be.”
One of his first assignments was to cover the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
He moved to television in 1966, reporting on the Vietnam War, and has since covered countless headline events, including the tragedies of 9/11 and ensuing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
During his 42 years at ABC News, Koppel also worked as anchor of the “ABC Saturday Night News,” as chief diplomatic correspondent and as Hong Kong bureau chief. He has held a significant reporting role in every U.S. presidential campaign since 1964.
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About the college
Marvin Marcelo, The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, 509-335-8835, firstname.lastname@example.org