Ted Koppel, a veteran of over four decades with ABC News and long-time anchor of “Nightline,” visited Kentucky Author Forum in 2000 to discuss his book Off Camera: Private Thoughts Made Public (Random House).
Winner of every major broadcasting award, including 30 Emmys, Koppel is one of America’s most admired television journalists and a member of the Broadcasting Hall of Fame. His honors include two Sigma Delta Chi Awards, the highest honor bestowed for public service by the Society of Professional Journalists. Acclaimed by peers and public alike, his “Nightline” program has been called “a beacon of responsibility in a frequently irresponsible medium.”
Off Camera provides an intimate chronicle of the final year of the twentieth century from Koppel’s insider’s viewpoint. His vivid narrative traces the significant matters of 1999 — from the Clinton impeachment and the war in Kosovo, to the mass marketing of Viagra. He examines such cultural phenomena as our obsession with celebrity and the impact of great theater and overhyped movies. The year’s events are set against a backdrop of his lifetime of observations, dating back to England, where he lived until he was 13. Koppel’s intelligent, curious, witty and concerned views address in entertaining and thought-provoking ways how the most public events reverberate in our private lives.
Ted Koppel was interviewed at Kentucky Author Forum by Robert Siegel, a host of National Public Radio’s award-winning newsmagazine “All Things Considered.” Siegel’s honors include the Alfred I. DuPont — Columbia University Award for excellence in broadcast journalism.