TED KOPPEL TO TAKE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT THE NEWS & DOCUMENTARY EMMY AWARDS, SEPT 24
New York, N.Y. – July 25, 2007 – Ted Koppel, longtime ABC anchor and now Managing Editor of the Discovery Channel, will be the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 28th Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards, it was announced today by Peter Price, President/CEO of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). The award will be presented at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards black-tie dinner at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers on Monday, September 24 (5:30 PM reception; dinner 6:15 PM).
Also that evening, Emmy Awards for news and documentary programming will be presented in 32 categories, including four Emmy Awards for content created specifically for broadband. Sponsors for the 28th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards include Grass Valley, a Thomson brand, and Television Week, the print partner.
Koppel will be recognized for his 42 years at ABC News and his current role as Managing Editor of the Discovery Channel, where he anchors and produces long form programming on major global topics and events. In announcing the honor, Price said, “We are pleased that our most important Emmy Award in news is going to one of the most important figures in the history of television news. Ted Koppel’s long and distinguished career is a model of broadcast journalism at its best.”
Chairman of the News and Documentary Emmy Awards Bill Small cited Koppel as among the greatest newsmen of our time. “He is a fearless interviewer, an indefatigable challenger of the status quo, a gutsy war reporter, and an extremely talented writer and producer. He is also a nice guy,” said Small.
Koppel has received numerous awards throughout his long and distinguished career, including 40 Emmy Awards, 10 duPont-Columbia Awards, eight George Foster Peabody Awards and two George Polk awards. His 10 Overseas Press Club Awards make him the most honored journalist in the Club’s history.
He is best known for his tenure at “Nightline,” the award-winning program that he anchored from its premiere in 1980 until he left ABC in 2005. He had previously been ABC’s chief diplomatic correspondent for almost a decade as well as its Hong Kong bureau chief. He is the recipient of some 20 honorary degrees including one jointly with his wife Grace Anne from Fordham University. She is a distinguished Fordham Law School graduate. The Koppels have four children.
Born in England, Koppel has a Bachelor degree from Syracuse University and a Masters from Stanford. He is author or co-author of three books.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public & Community Service, Technology & Engineering, and Business & Financial Reporting. Beginning in 2006, NATAS began recognizing programming produced for the Internet, cell phones, and portable media players with its new Broadband Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Content for Broadband and Portable Delivery. Excellence in Primetime programming and international programming is recognized by its affiliate, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Regional Emmys are given in 19 regions across the United States. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including National Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public. For more information, please visit the website at www.emmyonline.tv.
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