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Ted Koppel

Ted Koppel in 2002
Born Edward James Martin Koppel[1]
(1940-02-08) 8 February 1940 (age 76)
Nelson, Lancashire, England
Occupation Journalist
News anchor
Years active 1963–present
Notable credit(s) Nightline (1980–2005)
Spouse(s) Grace Anne Dorney
Children Andrea Koppel
Deirdre Koppel
Andrew Koppel
Tara Koppel
Parent(s) Alice Koppel
Edwin Koppel

The responsibility that I feel is to do as good a job as a journalist as I can possibly do.
Ted Koppel
My function is, as objectively and accurately as I can, to present reality to people out there, and doing that as quickly as we do is quite difficult enough, thank you.
Ted Koppel
People shouldn't expect the mass media to do investigative stories. That job belongs to the 'fringe' media.
Ted Koppel
History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.
Our society finds truth too strong a medicine to digest undiluted. In its purest form, truth is not a polite tap on the shoulder. It is a howling reproach.
Ted Koppel
I have been an unabashed fan of NPR for many years, and have stolen untold excellent ideas from its programming.
Ted Koppel
There is no more respected or influential forum in the field of journalism than the New York Times. I look forward, with great anticipation, to contributing to its op-ed page.
Ted Koppel
I have the necessary lack of tact.
More than four thousand programs produced and consumed. Some of them were pretty good, a great many of them were forgettable; but a handful may even be worth a book.
Ted Koppel
My level of cynicism about the reasons that took us to war against Iraq remain just as well-developed as they were before I went.
Ted Koppel
There is something very very special, universal and easily identifiable among all Jews; it is beyond territory, it is something we all have in common.
Ted Koppel
In the days of Caesar, kings had fools and jesters. Now network presidents have anchormen.
Ted Koppel
Emotions get in the way but they don't pay me to start crying at the loss of 269 lives. They pay me to put some perspective on the situation.
Ted Koppel
I think we're glazing eyes all across America.