Thursday, August 11, 2011

Ted Koppel Will Be in Conversation at the Mark Twain House

Ted Koppel comes to The Mark Twain House & Museum on Thursday, Aug. 18, to be the distinguished guest for the museum's prestigious Clemens Lecture, an annual event that features writers, journalists and others of creative importance and significance to the national scene.

Past lecturers have included writer Kurt Vonnegut, newscaster Bob Schieffer, commentator Christopher Buckley and novelist Wally Lamb. Koppel will appear in a moderated discussion with John Dankosky, host of WNPR-FM's "Where We Live."

"We are honored to be able to present one of our nation's foremost newscasters and journalists," says Jeffrey L. Nichols, Executive Director of The Mark Twain House & Museum. "Ted Koppel's wit and energy reflect that of Mark Twain in his commentary on the American and the international scene."

The lecture will take place in the museum's Lincoln Financial Auditorium at 7 pm Tickets are $45 ($40 for members) and can be obtained by calling 860-280-3130. 

In June 1963, Koppel became the youngest correspondent ever hired by ABC Radio News, and during the Vietnam War he worked for ABC Television as a war correspondent. He returned to the U.S. in 1968 to cover the campaign of Richard Nixon before becoming Hong Kong bureau chief. From 1971-1980 he served as ABC News' chief diplomatic correspondent, covering the State Department.
In 1980, Koppel became anchor of Nightline, television's first late-night network news show. After 42 years at ABC, Koppel retired in 2005.

Since Nightline, Koppel has been an editorial contributor to the New York Times, as well as providing commentary to Morning Edition and "All Things Considered" on National Public Radio. He is  a senior news analyst for NPR and contributing analyst to BBC World News America.
information about his life and times.

For more information, call 860-247-0998 or visit www.marktwainhouse.org.

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