| For the second time in 25 years, I find myself about to leave ABC News. The last time, it was my choice, this time it is the company’s.|
So I guess we’re even. Actually, I know better. I am deeply endebted to ABC News for giving me 16 years in ‘professional Heaven,’ Ted Koppel’s Nightline.
My debt to Ted himself, and to executive producers Tom Bettag and Leroy Sievers is even greater, for the opportunity to travel the world, learn from it and report on it, with some nuance and detail.
If news were a religion, Reality would be its diety, and Ted, Tom and Leroy were resolute in building a broadcast which consistently served its audience by serving Reality. Nightline subordinated, or at the very least, harmonized, personality and style to an aggressively transparent presentation of the complexities and complications that define the Real World Out There. Truly, Nightline has been a ‘first draft of history,’ not of Page 6.
It has been an honor and a pleasure to be a Nightliner.