Ted Koppel's Nightline Tenure Ends

Ted Koppel's Nightline Tenure Ends
Ted Koppel

11/22/2005 AT 08:40 AM EST

Tuesday night's broadcast will mark the final edition of Ted Koppel's Nightline, as the anchor of ABC's late-night news show steps down after 25 years.

Koppel, 65, will use Tuesday's show to revisit clips from one of his favorite interview subjects over the years: the late college professor Morrie Schwartz, Reuters reports. Schwartz, who passed away in 1995, inspired Mitch Albom's best-selling book, Tuesdays with Morrie.

"Some of 'Nightline's' most fascinating shows over the years have featured people no one has ever heard of, and Morrie is a perfect example," Koppel said.

Koppel has spent 42 years with ABC News, including the last quarter-century with Nightline. He has consistently been regarded as a first-rate journalist for his tenacious interview skills and evenhanded delivery.

The newsman told the Hollywood Reporter that among the issues the show has covered, those that he was most proud of included such issues as apartheid, racism, AIDS, and the U.S. prison system.

The show grew out of a series of late-night news specials covering the Iran hostage crisis, eventually becoming an independent program in March 1980.

Nightline will continue in a new format Nov. 28, featuring a trio of anchors covering several different topics.

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