Ted Koppel

Ted Koppel is joining Rock Center with Brian Williams as a special correspondent, NBC News announced Thursday.

"My goal has been to make Rock Center the Cooperstown of our craft," Brian Williams said. "Ted is a consensus hall of famer, joining the best team of men and women on the air today. While his place in the history of television journalism is already established, his work here is just beginning. This is the next chapter, and it's an enormous honor to work with this giant and former competitor."

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The new series, which begins Monday, Oct. 31 at 10/9c, will feature in-depth stories, coverage of topical events and interviews with newsmakers.

Koppel, 71, is best known for his role as anchor on ABC's Nightline from 1980 to 2005.