Press: As Hot as He Is Cool

Ted Koppel brings sparkle and unflappability to television

At the outset of last week's televised debate among eight Democratic presidential candidates, Ted Koppel smiled into the camera and said, "The moderator will try to have complete control." That drew a laugh, but as usual, he was in earnest. Indeed, during the half of the debate that he moderated, Koppel, cool and cerebral, kept the discussion crisply controlled—and confirmed his reputation as perhaps the best serious interviewer on American TV.

Koppel, 43, has established himself as the thinking person's anchor on ABC's late-evening news show...

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