By: E&P Staff
Veteran broadcast journalist Ted Koppel will join The New York Times as a contributing columnist beginning Jan. 29, Editorial Page Editor Gail Collins announced today. Koppel’s column will appear on the Op-Ed page periodically.
“This is an exciting, new type of relationship for The Times and I can’t think of anyone we’d rather start with than one of the great journalists of our era,? Collins said in a statement. “We’re very pleased to provide our readers with Ted’s fresh, insightful perspective on current events.”
In addition to his pieces appearing in the Times’ print newspaper, Collins hinted that Koppel would use “his fabled interviewing skills” to produce special features for the new paid area of NYTimes.com, TimesSelect.
“There is no more respected or influential forum in the field of journalism than The New York Times,” Koppel said. “I look forward, with great anticipation, to contributing to its Op-Ed page.”
Koppel, who spent more than four decades at ABC News and until November anchored “Nightline,” has also signed a one-year deal to provide commentary to National Public Radio (NPR) programs “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered,” and “Day to Day.”
Koppel, 65, has also been named managing editor of the Discovery Channel, where he will host and produce long-form programming examining major global topics and events.