OPC Awards Honor Nightline, Woodward

koppelopc.jpgLast night during its gala dinner in New York, the Overseas Press Club handed out two noteworthy awards. The 66th annual dinner and awards ceremony at the Grand Hyatt saw NBC News’ Ron Allen headline the announcement of the Club’s 21 awards for distinguished foreign reporting.

ABC News’ “Nightline” picked up the David Kaplan Award for best TV spot news reporting from abroad, earning outgoing anchor Ted Koppel his tenth OPC award–breaking the all-time record held by no less than Edward R. Murrow himself. Koppel’s winning streak dates back to 1970 when he was ABC News’ Hong Kong bureau chief. Nightline and its crew of correspondent David Wright, former executive producer Leroy “Email Man” Sievers, cameraman Rick Bennet, and producer/editor Almin Karamehmedovic were recognized for their piece “Spotlight on Darfur.”

“Ted Koppel has set the standard for superb television journalism, a broadcast genius at tough but respectful interviewing, wry insightful commentary and putting words and pictures together for extraordinary impact,” OPC President Richard B. Stolley said.

Also taking home an award last night was keynote speaker Bob Woodward, who despite winning just about every journalism award in the country (including a couple probably invented just to award him), had never won an OPC award before.

UPDATE: The New York Times has a more complete list of winners, including the Post’s Steve Coll, Philip P. Pan, and Andrea Bruce Woodall.