Ted Koppel speaking at the Edward R. Murrow Forum.
If you flicked on ABC at any point in the last 50 years, you’d likely find Ted Koppel sitting behind the news desk. Koppel, who joined ABC in mid-’60s, has been around for nearly every major news story since. He was one of the first to interview Lyndon Johnson after the JFK assassination, covered the civil rights marches sparked by Selma’s Bloody Sunday, reported on the Vietnam War from Hong Kong, tackled Watergate, the Iran Hostage Crisis and the nuclear arms race. In 1980, Koppel became the first host of ABC’s Nightline — a role he held until 2005. More recently, he’s also known as the guy who tore Sean Hannity a new one on CBS. This Wednesday, Koppel’s coming to Trinity to speak on the future of journalism in conjunction with the university’s Distinguished Lecture Series. And as someone who’s seen a fair amount of journalism’s past, Koppel’s probably the most experienced source up to the task. Here’s the pitch: “Koppel provides insights into the evolution — and in some cases regression — of how we get our news. With humorous rapport and personal anecdotes, Koppel takes audiences into the future, helping them to better understand how the news affects every aspect of our lives.” Free, 7:30pm, Trinity University, Laurie Auditorium, One Trinity Place, (210) 999-8406, events.trinity.edu
. — Alex Zielinski