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Ted Koppel

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Ted Koppel on Nightline in 1995.

Ted Koppel (born February 8, 1940) is a television journalist in the United States.

Koppel was born in Lancashire, England after his parents fled Germany due to the rise of Hitler and the Nazis. He graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science degree and from Stanford University with a Master of Arts degree in mass communications research and political science.

Koppel started working at ABC in 1963, and served as a foreign correspondent for the network. He is most famous for serving as the lead anchorman for ABC's Nightline starting in 1980. Koppel announced that he will leave his post in December 2005, but will not retire; he is instead looking into other projects.

In 2003, Koppel was embedded with the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division as it marched toward Baghdad during the 2003 Iraq War.

Ted's daughter Andrea Koppel is the Department of State correspondent for CNN.

Quotes

"Wreak havoc and unleash the dogs of war! [sic]"
Live on national television at the onset of the 2003 Iraq War from his position with the 3rd Infantry Division, claiming to quote Shakespeare's Henry V (actually, the misquote is from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar). The original quote reads as "Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war!" Ironically, "havoc" was an English military order for soldiers to destroy and pillage.

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