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Elie Wiesel attends the Amnesty International USA's awards
NYP2002012903 - NEW YORK, Jan. 28, (UPI) -- Nobel prize winner Elie Wiesel, left, poses with TV journalist Ted Koppel who received the Fred Friendly Award for Excellence in Television Journalism at the Amnesty International USA's 5th Annual Media Spotlight Awards on Jan. 28, 2002 in New York. cc/ep/Ezio Petersen UPI
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Edward James "Ted" Koppel (born February 8, 1940) is an American broadcast journalist, best known as the anchor for Nightline from the program's inception in 1980 until his retirement in late 2005. After leaving Nightline, Koppel worked as managing editor for the Discovery Channel before resigning in 2008. Koppel is currently a senior news analyst for National Public Radio and the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Koppel, an only child, was born in Nelson, Lancashire, England, after his German Jewish parents fled Germany due to the rise of Adolf Hitler and Nazism. Koppel, at 13, immigrated to the United States in 1953 with his family. His mother, Alice, was a singer and pianist, and his father, Edwin, was a tire factory owner. He graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science Degree and from Stanford University with a Master of Arts Degree in Mass Communications Research and Political Science. Koppel returns to Syracuse University regularly as a guest speaker. He was a member of the student-run WAER and keeps in touch with the student media at Syracuse. He is a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

In 1963, he became a naturalized U.S. citizen, and married Grace Anne Dorney.

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