Ted Koppel made me want to be a journalist.
I don’t remember a specific moment when I realized this, but I do remember that at some point I began to tell everyone that I was going to be a journalist like Ted Koppel and work on a show like Nightline. One of my teachers even wrote in my Sophomore yearbook, “See you on Nightline”. She might have been joking, but I wasn’t.
I went to Missouri to study journalism. I worked at the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri, reporting news and feature stories, and occasionally anchoring the noon and weekend news. By the end of this run, I began to realize that I wasn’t interested in doing 90 second stories on “what can we all do to cool off in this hot weather” or “localizing” (making a national story somehow relevant to the local audience) the latest news from Washington.