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“The Twilight of Network News: A Conversation with Ted Koppel on Democracy and the Press,” on the Next Kalb Report, Nov. 19, 8 p.m.

The Longest Serving News Anchor in Network History Discusses How the Demands of the Digital Age Have Shaped the Quick-Fire Culture of Today’s News Coverage
November 07, 2012

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jill Sankey
202-994-6466; jpsankey@gwu.edu
Angela Olson
202-994-3087; olsona@gwu.edu

WASHINGTON – In the lead-up to the 1996 presidential election, Ted Koppel, then anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline,” warned that we were entering an age in journalism in which the “technological tail” was beginning to “wag the editorial dog.”  Now 16 years later, in the midst of another presidential election, the pressure to be first has sometimes superseded efforts to be accurate. What does this mean for the future of journalism and in turn, the future of our democracy?

On the next edition of “The Kalb Report,” Ted Koppel, whose legendary broadcasting career spans over half a century, joins moderator Marvin Kalb to debate the fate of network news in the digital age. The forum will take place on Monday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. in the main ballroom of the National Press Club (529 14 St., NW, Washington, D.C.).

“I've known and worked with Ted Koppel for almost 50 years,” said moderator Marvin Kalb.  “He is really as good as they say--a totally honest, curious, energetic, dedicated journalist. This will be an opportunity for Ted and me to talk about the revolutionary changes sweeping through our craft--whether these changes are good for journalism, and how; or whether they move us in directions that challenge our core values. We've discussed these changes in private for many years; time now to go public.”

Ted Koppel is a special correspondent for the NBC News primetime newsmagazine “Rock Center with Brian Williams,” and a senior news analyst for National Public Radio.  Mr. Koppel is best known for his role as anchor and managing editor of ABC News' “Nightline” where his interviews and reporting touched every major news story over 25 years, making him the longest-serving news anchor in network history. He left “Nightline” in November 2005 and was named managing editor of the Discovery Channel, anchoring and producing long-form programming that examined major global events. Mr. Koppel joined ABC Radio News in 1963 as a correspondent for its daily Flair Reports program, where one of his first assignments was to cover the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He moved to television in 1966 when reporting on the Vietnam War.  During his 42 years at ABC News, Mr. Koppel also worked as anchor of “The ABC Saturday Night News,” chief diplomatic correspondent, Vietnam War correspondent and Hong Kong bureau chief. He has also had a major reporting role in every presidential campaign since 1964. Prior to joining ABC News, Mr. Koppel worked at WMCA radio in New York, where he was a desk assistant and an occasional off-air reporter.   

Mr. Koppel has won every major broadcasting industry honor, including the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award, 41 Emmy Awards, eight George Foster Peabody Awards, 10 duPont-Columbia Awards, 10 Overseas Press Club Awards, two George Polk Awards and two Sigma Delta Chi Awards, the highest honor bestowed for public service by the Society of Professional Journalists. A native of Lancashire, England, Mr. Koppel moved to the United States with his parents when he was 13 years old and became a U.S. citizen in 1963. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University and a master's degree in mass communications research and political science from Stanford University. 

“The Kalb Report” is produced by the George Washington University, the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University, the National Press Club Journalism Institute, the University of Maryland University College and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. 

For the 10th consecutive season, the series is underwritten by a grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. Since 1994, the partnership has produced 77 forums with guests including Rupert Murdoch, Lara Logan, Walter Cronkite, Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Bill O’Reilly, Bob Costas, Ken Burns, Roger Ailes and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel. All forums offer open media coverage.

“The Kalb Report” series was recently honored with both a Gold World Medal and the overall Grand Award in the 2012 New York Festivals International Radio Awards competition that included entries from across the United States and 28 countries.

“The Kalb Report” series is distributed nationally by American Public Television. Oklahoma Educational Television Authority serves as presenting station. “The Kalb Report” also airs on the public radio channels of Sirius-XM Satellite Radio, and on Federal News Radio in Washington, D.C. (1500 AM). Each program is streamed live on kalb.gwu.edu.   

Moderator Marvin Kalb is Edward R. Murrow Professor Emeritus at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Over the course of his distinguished 30-year career in broadcast journalism, Mr. Kalb served as chief diplomatic correspondent for both CBS News and NBC News, and moderator of “Meet the Press.” He went on to serve as the founding director of Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. Among his many honors are two Peabody Awards, the duPont Prize from Columbia University, the 2006 Fourth Estate Award from the National Press Club and more than a half-dozen Overseas Press Club awards.  Mr. Kalb has authored or co-authored 12 nonfiction books and two best-selling novels. His latest book, co-authored with his daughter, Deborah, is “Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama.”    

Executive Producer Michael Freedman is a professor of media and public affairs at George Washington University and a senior vice president and professor of the practice at University of Maryland University College. Mr. Freedman is the former general manager of CBS Radio Network News, and former managing editor for the broadcast division of United Press International. He is the recipient of more than 85 honors for journalistic excellence including 14 Edward R. Murrow Awards.

Producer Heather Date is a GW alumna, former CNN producer and an associate vice president at University of Maryland University College. She is the recipient of the Alliance for Women in Media’s 2011 Gracie Award for Outstanding Producer of a News Program for her work on “The Kalb Report.”

Lindsay Underwood, a 2011 graduate of George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, is the associate producer of “The Kalb Report.”       

Web Editor Bryan Kane is a junior at George Washington University.

The series is directed by Robert Vitarelli, a 39-year CBS News veteran and a Directors Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award winner. 

To reserve free tickets for The Kalb Report, please visit kalb.gwu.edu.

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