Nightline’s Ted Koppel to Receive Boston University Lifetime Journalism Achievement Award

in College of Communication, Humanities/Social Science, News Releases
November 10th, 2004

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(Boston) — Ted Koppel, 40-year veteran of ABC News and anchor of television’s first late-night network news program, “Nightline,” will be honored with the first annual Hugo Shong Lifetime Journalism Achievement Award on November 19 at Boston University. The award is presented by Boston University’s College of Communication to a print or broadcast journalist whose body of work and contributions to the field exemplify the highest quality of reporting and analysis, outstanding accomplishments, and ethical standards of the journalistic profession.

“Ted Koppel is respected and admired throughout the journalistic profession. This new prize in journalism established at BU by alumnus Hugo Shong is most generous, and it is important that in this, its inaugural year, it be given to an individual whose career in journalism not only represents the finest and best in what we all aspire to achieve, but to a person whose professional integrity stands as a shining example,” said Dean John J. Schulz of the College of Communication. “Certainly, no one more personifies each of these qualities than Ted Koppel.”

Koppel will be presented with the lifetime achievement award by Hugo Shong during a dinner reception on campus beginning at 8 p.m. That afternoon, he will take part in a question and answer session with students at the School of Management auditorium at 3 p.m.

Over his career, Koppel has won every major broadcasting award, including 41 Emmy Awards, 11 George Foster Peabody Awards, 12 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. In addition, in 2002 the George Foster Peabody Awards for Broadcast Excellence recognized “Nightline” with a Lifetime Achievement Award, citing outstanding long-form news presentations for more than 20 years.

Before his “Nightline” assignment, Mr. Koppel worked as an anchor, foreign and domestic correspondent, and bureau chief for ABC News. On the political beat, he has had a major reporting role in every presidential campaign since 1964. Koppel is the author of three books: “Off Camera: Private Thoughts Made Public” (2000); “Nightline: History and the Making of Television” (1996), which he co-authored with Kyle Gibson; and “In the National Interest,” a bestselling novel which he co-authored with Marvin Kalb.

In addition to the Lifetime Journalism Achievement Award, Boston University alumnus Hugo X. Shong, a native of China, has endowed the Hugo Shong Journalist of the Year Award for Reporting on Asia at the College of Communication. Beginning in spring 2005, the $15,000 award will be presented annually to that individual who, during the previous calendar year, displayed the highest standards of international print journalism in an English-language newspaper. Designed to emphasize the importance of Asian affairs, this award will be given to a print journalist, on staff or freelance, whose submitted body of work has done the most to advance public insight and understanding of the region in news or feature reporting.

Shong is president of International Data Group’s Asian-Pacific operations and senior vice president of International Data Group, Inc. (IDG), the world’s top technology publisher with 250 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries. In 2002, he received IDG’s Chairman’s Award for Entrepreneur of the Year.

Opened in 1947 as the School of Public Relations, Boston University’s College of Communication, with an enrollment of more than 2,300 graduate and undergraduate students, specializes in journalism, film and television, mass communication, advertising and public relations. Some 22,000 COM alumni work throughout the communications industry worldwide, reflecting the highest standards and accomplishments in their professions. Notable alumni include Bill O’Reilly and Linda Vester of FOX News Channel, Gary Tuchman of CNN, Boston Globe editorial page editor Renee Loth, Emmy-Award nominated producer Jeff Kline, Schneider & Associates, Inc. president Joan Schneider, and screenwriter Scott Rosenberg. Boston University, with more than 29,000 students enrolled in its 17 schools and colleges, is the nation’s fourth largest independent university.

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