ABC News’ “Nightline” is a Late-Night news television program now in its 31st year. The half-hour program provides viewers in-depth reporting on the major stories in the news, and airs weeknights from 11:35 p.m. - 12:05 a.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network. “Nightline’s” anchors are Cynthia McFadden, Terry Moran and Bill Weir. The program’s correspondents are John Donvan and Juju Chang. “Nightline” re-launched almost six years ago, following former anchor Ted Koppel’s departure from ABC News in November 2005.
“Nightline” is the place where people turn for the last word in live network news. The program’s multi-anchor, varied format allows it to travel to report breaking news on the scene as it happens while continuing to offer in-depth analysis on a wide variety of subjects.
“Nightline” co-anchor Cynthia McFadden joined ABC News in 1994 as the network’s legal correspondent and, two years later, was named a correspondent for “Prime Time Live,” for which she had also been a co-anchor since September 2004. Co-anchor Terry Moran, who has been with ABC since 2007, has previously served as ABC News’ chief White House correspondent and was also the anchor of “World News Tonight Sunday.” Co-anchor Bill Weir joined ABC in 2004 and has served previously as an anchor for the weekend edition of “Good Morning America.”
“Nightline’s” anchors, correspondents, producers and editors have won every major award in broadcast journalism, including eleven Peabody Awards, more than a dozen duPont-Columbia Awards, also more than a dozen Overseas Press Club Awards and scores of Emmys. The George Foster Peabody Award for Broadcast Excellence recognized “Nightline” with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, citing outstanding long-form news presentations for more than 20 years.
Considered one of the most innovative programs in broadcast news, “Nightline” is known for its probing interviews, its coverage of global news events and its coverage of breaking news. Notable interviews past and present have included Nelson Mandela; Boris Yeltsin; former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos in his first one-on-one interview after his exile; an exclusive interview with Libyan Colonel Muammar Qaddafi; former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Warren E. Burger’s first live television interview; former President of South Africa P.W. Botha and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Desmond Tutu in their first appearance together; and President Clinton and former Presidents Bush, Reagan, Carter, Ford and Nixon, among many others. Since the new format launched, “Nightline” scored the first network interview with Chief Justice John Roberts and the first television interview ever with Justice John Paul Stevens. “Nightline” also had an exclusive interview with former Sen. John Edwards in which he admitted for the first time his extramarital affair. Additionally, the program conducted exclusives with former Vice President Al Gore on global warming, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on being the first woman Speaker, Ambassador John Bolton on North Korea, President Karzai on the Taliban and former Pakistani President Musharraf on terrorism.
The program covered the 2008 presidential election extensively, and reported from the floor of both the Republican and Democratic conventions. Its popular “The Contender” series about the candidates gave viewers an all-access pass to what went on behind the scenes of the campaigns. “Nightline” conducted interviews on the campaign trail with most of the candidates,
including then Sen. Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, Sen. Hillary Clinton, and Sen. John McCain and his wife, daughter and mother. Co-anchor Terry Moran has interviewed President Obama nine times, more than any other network correspondent.
“Nightline” brings awareness to important social issues both in the United States and abroad. An investigation of child slavery in Haiti, a first-hand account of the humanitarian crisis in the Congo, and a report about the extreme poverty in Rwanda are just a few stories the program has tackled in recent years. In the U.S., “Nightline” has reported on heroin in the Midwest and the dramatic rise in childhood obesity.
“Nightline” continues to build its audience by expanding its presence on the web, where interacting with viewers online has become a programming staple. The program’s anchors and correspondents have hundreds of thousands of followers on the social networking sites Twitter and Facebook. “Nightline” recently teamed up with ABCNEWS.COM, ABC News NOW and Twitter for an unprecedented venture on the web, allowing viewers to have a direct dialogue with the anchors and correspondents. The full edition of “Nightline” is available each day posted online at ABCNEWS.com. The program also has a daily video podcast.
“Nightline” evolved from the ABC News special broadcasts, “The Iran Crisis: America Held Hostage,” which began November 8, 1979, four days after the American hostages were seized at the U.S. Embassy in Teheran, Iran. It premiered as “Nightline” on March 24, 1980, with anchor Ted Koppel. Prior to his departure from ABC News, Ted Koppel was a 42-year veteran of the network. Before joining “Nightline,” he served for nine years as ABC’s chief diplomatic correspondent. Previously he was ABC News’ bureau chief in both the Hong Kong and Miami bureaus.
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