A Conversation With Ted Koppel
That program started during the Iran Hostage crisis, and never left the air - tackling the issues of the day in long-form interviews and reports, and going on-scene to wars and conflicts. He was, until his retirement in 2005, a link between generations of newscasters, something he wrote about in his 2000 memoir "Off Camera.” He describes a Newsweek story about anchormen this way: "There's a 20-year-old picture of me, in the middle of a row of photographs that begins with Walter Cronkite's, moves on to David Brinkley's and Dan Rather's (then mine) and then Larry King's, Rush Limbaugh's and Geraldo Rivera's. I feel like Homo Erectus on an evolutionary chart, except that we're moving in the wrong direction."
Today, a conversation with Ted Koppel from the Clemens Lecture at the Mark Twain House in Hartford. We talked about his career, the state of journalism and the world today.