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Ted Koppel to deliver UMass commencement address

February 29, 2012
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AMHERST, Mass.—Veteran newsman Ted Koppel is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the University of Massachusetts commencement ceremonies.

Koppel's career spanned half a century, but he is best known for his work on ABC News' "Nightline," which defined modern television journalism by conducting the first live interviews on a daily basis with newsmakers around the world. He was anchor and managing editor for 25 years, making him the longest-serving news anchor in network history.

He is now a special correspondent with "Rock Center with Brian Williams" on NBC.

The Amherst campus' commencement is scheduled for May 11.

Chancellor Robert Holub says Koppel is an excellent choice to inspire students for his "extraordinary professionalism and skill" in reporting on some of the most important events in world history.

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