Former Director of International Communications at the American Red Cross
Former CNN Correspondent
Andrea Koppel is an award-winning, internationally renowned journalist with more than two decades of experience, having covered many of the biggest stories and events at home and abroad. The daughter of former Nightline anchor Ted Koppel, she set herself apart with in-depth reporting and enlightening interviews with world leaders, politicians, dissidents, and social activists. Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, she uses her journalistic prowess and vast knowledge to shed light on American and international policies, the issues that impact the world at large, and the current state of culture across the continents.
From Journalist to Humanitarian. In January 2010, Koppel became the director of international communications at the American Red Cross, focusing her field experience on the realm of global humanitarian care. In that role, she led the organization’s communications strategy for the Haiti Assistance Program following the devastating earthquake. She also led strategic communications and media relations for M+R Strategic Services, a cause-oriented public affairs firm. Koppel is currently the vice president of global engagement and policy at Mercy Corps, a global organization that works to alleviate poverty in some of the world’s most fragile states.
A Dedicated Scoop. For 14 years Andrea Koppel worked as a correspondent for CNN, reporting from diverse posts—from Africa to China, and covering three secretaries of state and two presidents as the network’s Capitol Hill correspondent. Koppel reported extensively on Arab-Israeli peace talks between 1998-2006, including the Wye River, Shepherdstown, and Camp David II negotiations. In October 2000, Koppel was among a small group of journalists invited to accompany then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on her historic visit to North Korea. Following the 9/11 attacks, Koppel joined then-Secretary of State Colin Powell during his diplomatic mission to Pakistan and Afghanistan. In December 2003, she was the first to secure an exclusive interview with Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, during which he announced that his country would end its weapons program. She spent 10 days in Libya—much of that time as the only U.S. journalist allowed in the country.
Asian Affairs. Koppel joined CNN in 1993 as its Tokyo correspondent and was quickly promoted to Beijing bureau chief. As a mandarin-Chinese speaking journalist, Koppel was equipped to integrate within and provide rare insight into this complex country and its culture. Over several years she reported from Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, and more than half of China’s provinces and autonomous regions. She covered a wide variety of economic, social, and political stories and secured numerous exclusive interviews with world leaders, such as China’s former President Jiang Zemin before the handover of Hong Kong in 1997 and President Lee Teng-hui after he became Taiwan’s first democratically elected president.
Koppel won a prestigious Gracie award for her documentary Daughters of the Revolution, which dealt with Chinese women in the wake of the communist revolution. Her reporting has also won some of American journalism’s highest honors, including Emmy, DuPont, and Peabody Awards.
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Cracking the Code. Andrea Koppel discusses how journalists works to get the media to cover the stories they want them to cover; how to ace the toughest interviews; and how to weather the storm when the media latches on to a story you want to bury. This presentation is founded on journalistic integrity and the pursuit of the First Amendment.
Getting to know Hu. China has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and its impact on the US reaches into just about every corner of our lives: from the toys we buy our children, to the clothing we wear, to the drugs our doctors prescribe us, to price of gas at the pump, the air we breathe, the foreign policy our government tries to push forward. In essence, China is fast becoming a growing part of our lives. As someone who has covered the country for decades - and lived there - first in the mid-80s, then in the mid-90s during the country's economic and technological boom, Koppel shares her personal experiences in this complex country and details its future impact on the U.S.
Journalism, 101. A professional journalist for more the 20 years, Koppel has watched the evolution of the media - from the advent of cable television to the dawn of the digital era's bloggers, Youtube streams and citizen journalists. She discusses the ramification of these changes on the quality of the news we consume.
Foreign policy. Iraq and Iran are at stake for peace with and in the Middle East. Koppel provides an insider's perspective on the situation, having covered it for CNN. Among the topics of concern are: Why do Democrats have had difficulty pushing legislation for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq? Does the U.S. plan to invade Iran? Is a Mideast peace deal possible? What will the rising price of oil mean for the U.S. economy and what will the impact be on U.S. foreign policy? What are the most important stories in the world that we're not hearing or reading about, and why are they being suppressed? And what changes can be expected from a new administration, with either party in the White House?
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