Ted Koppel

Broadcast journalist Ted Koppel was born February 8, 1940 in Nelson, England. His family emigrated to the United States in 1953 when Koppel was 13 years old. He attended Syracuse University, where he was a member of Alpha Chi Chapter, and then went on to receive a Master of Arts degree in mass communication and political science from Stanford University. Koppel began his journalism career as a copyboy for the New York Times and as a writer at WMCA Radio in New York. In 1963, he was hired by ABC Radio News, becoming the youngest correspondent ever hired by the company. Reporting on the Vietnam war in 1966, Koppel made the transition from radio to television broadcasting. He is best known, however, as the host of the late night news program "Nightline" for 25 years: from the time of its inception in 1980 to 2005.