Ted Koppel

“Breaking News: A Look Around the Globe with Ted Koppel” with Ted Koppel, award-winning journalist and former anchor and managing editor of ABC’s Nightline
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | 7:30 PM

During more than 50 years that he has worked as a professional journalist Ted has embodied the term “eye-witness to history.

He covered:

  • John F. Kennedy’s funeral in 1963
  • Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign in 1964
  • Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965
  • A succession of ten conflicts as an ABC News war correspondent, beginning with Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia in 1967, ’69, ’70 and ’71 and finally as an embedded correspondent with the 3rd armored infantry division during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
  • Richard Nixon’s presidential campaign in 1968 and his historic visit to the People’s Republic of China in 1972.
  • Henry Kissinger’s shuttle diplomacy in the Middle East in 1973 and ‘74
  • Koppel was with Mikhail Ghorbachev inside the Kremlin on the last day of the Soviet Union and was the first journalist to interview Nelson Mandela at his home in Suweto, South Africa upon his release from 26 years in prison.

Over the course of 26 years as anchor and managing editor of Nightline, Koppel became the longest serving news anchor in U.S. broadcast history. After leaving ABC in 2005, Koppel and his colleagues produced 20 hours of documentaries for the Discovery Network where he served as managing editor. Since then he has worked as a contributing analyst for BBC America and a special correspondent for the NBC News magazine program, Rock Center.

In 2012, New York University named Koppel one of the “100 outstanding journalists in the United States in the last 100 years. When he left ABC News after 42 years, he was the most honored reporter in that network’s history, having received more “Overseas Press Club” awards than the previous record holder, Edward R. Murrow, and eight “George Foster Peabody” awards. Television’s equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize is the Columbia-DuPont award. Koppel has won 12 of them. He has also been awarded 42 Emmy’s, including one for lifetime achievement.

And he’s still at it—Koppel’s most recent book, a New York Times best seller, Lights Out (October, 2015) examines a threat unique to our time and evaluates potential ways for America to prepare for a cyber-catastrophe. Koppel serves as commentator and non-fiction book reviewer for National Public Radio. He is also a contributing columnist to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.


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Angela Duckworth

“True Grit” with Angela Duckworth, TEDX phenomenon and author of “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance”
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Angela Duckworth is a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, education speaker, and a co-founder of the Character Lab. Her first book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, is an immediate New York Times bestseller. An expert in non-I.Q. competencies like grit and self-control, she was awarded a 2013 “Genius” Grant and has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs. Her TED talk on grit has garnered nearly seven million views, and she has been profiled in The New York Times Magazine, Psychology Today, and National Geographic, which calls her “a born giver who’s driven by an impulse to do good in the world and right inequities.”

Before her career in research, Duckworth was an award-winning math and science teacher as well as the founder of a summer school for low-income children that was profiled as a case study nonprofit by Harvard Kennedy School. She completed her BA in neurobiology at Harvard, her MSc in neuroscience at Oxford, and her PhD in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. In June 2016, she was named Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology for her “intellectual integrity and unquestioned commitment to free and open discussion of ideas.”


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