Ted Koppel


Ted Koppel Trivia


  • Trivia

    • His Nightline interviews with Morrie Schwartz, a sociology teacher at Brandeis University, were made famous in the book Tuesdays with Morrie, written by Mitch Albom, a former student of Schwartz.

    • He has \three daughters and one son - Deirdre, Andrew, Tara, and Andrea.

    • His father Edwin owned a tire factory and his mother Alice was a singer and pianist.

    • For his 60th birthday, his wife gave him a motorcycle.

    • He is 5'4" or 1.63 m.

    • In 2004, he won an Emmy for Outstanding Feature in a News Magazine for ABC News Nightline.

    • Ted is an old friend of Henry Kissinger. Kissinger has approached Ted and asked him to be his spokesman, but Ted declined.

    • While he was embedded with the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division in 2003, he misquoted and misattributed Shakespeare. As they marched toward Baghdad, he said, "Wreak havoc and unleash the dogs of war," but the actual quote is "Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war!" He also said that this quote was from Henry V, but it is actually from Julius Caesar.

    • He is multi-lingual, and can speak German, Russian, and French, in addition to English.

    • He has received the George Polk Award for Television Reporting twice - once in 1981 and once in 1985 with Richard N. Kaplan.

    • Ted does great impressions. One of his best is William F. Buckley, but he rarely does impressions in public or on television.

    • His daughter Andrea Koppel is a Congressional correspondent for CNN.

    • Since June 2006, he has provided commentary to Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Day to Day on National Public Radio.

    • He was approached by Al-Jazeera to join its 24-hour English-language service.

    • His brother, Peter Koppel, is assistant dean at the University of Ottawa School of Management.

    • Starting January 29, 2007, Ted became an Op-Ed contributing columnist for the New York Times.

    • Ted is a member of the Phi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

    • Ted married Grace Anne Dorney May 17, 1963. They have four children together and are still married today.

    • Ted Koppel joined the long list of celebrities lampooned by South Park. It happened in episode 88 entitled "Free Hat".

  • Quotes

    • Ted Koppel: (on being approached by Al-Jazeera to join its English-language service) I don't think Tom and I entertained it more than 38 seconds.

    • Ted Koppel: There's this quiz I give to some of our young interns when they first arrive at Nightline. I didn't do it with the last batch; it's a little too close to home. "How many of you", I'll ask, "can tell me anything about Eric Sevareid?" Blank stares. "How about Howard K. Smith or Frank Reynolds?" Not a twitch of recognition. "Chet Huntley? Jack Chancellor?" Still nothing. "David Brinkley" sometimes causes a hand or two to be raised, and Walter Cronkite may be glad to learn that a lot of young people still have a vague recollection that he once worked in television news. What none of these young men and women in their late teens and early 20s appreciates, until I point it out to them, is that they have just heard the names of seven anchormen or commentators who were once so famous that everyone in the country knew their names. Everybody. Trust me, the transition from one anchor to another is not that big a deal. Cronkite begat Rather, Chancellor begat Brokaw, Reynolds begat Jennings. And each of them did a pretty fair job in his own right. You've always been very nice to me, so give this new anchor team for Nightline a fair break. If you don't, I promise you the network will just put another comedy show in this time slot. Then you'll be sorry.

    • Ted Koppel: I have the necessary lack of tact. (On interviewing guests on Nightline, 1984)