Tom is Eleanor Merrill Distinguished Visiting Fellow during the 2015-2016 school year. Best known for his time with ABC News Nightline with Ted Koeppel, he also worked at NBC and CNN among other places.

Eleanor Merrill Distinguished Visiting Fellow

College/University: B.A. University of Notre Dame; M.S. Columbia University

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Tom Bettag, best known as the executive producer for ABC News Nightline with Ted Koppel, is spending the 2015-16 school year with the Philip Merrill College of Journalism as the Eleanor Merrill Distinguished Visiting Fellow.

Bettag is the winner of 30 Emmy awards, two Peabody awards, six DuPont silver batons and the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award.

Among his professional experiences are 22 years with CBS News, which included working as a producer for CBS Radio, CBS Morning News, CBS Evening with Walter Cronkite, 60 Minutes and serving as Executive Producer of the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather from 1986-91.

From CBS, he moved to ABC News, where he was executive Producer of ABC News Nightline with Ted Koppel from 1991 -2006, including three years overseeing ABC This Week with George Stephanopoulos. For three years, he worked as executive producer for “Koppel on Discovery” and produced news documentaries and live town meetings for Discovery Channel.

He was Executive Producer of CNN’s Sunday morning programming from 2009-2011, overseeing State of the Union with Candy Crowley, and Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz. He moved to NBC News in 2011 to work as a producer on Rock Center with Brian Williams for three years.

Bettag spent last year as the Kiefer Visiting Professor at the University of Notre Dame, his undergraduate alma mater, where he taught in the Journalism, Ethics and Democracy program. He holds an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Bettag will work with student journalists and faculty on in-depth news projects. He will also advise the college on curriculum and other broadcast initiatives.

The visiting fellowship is made possible by the generosity of the family of Philip Merrill, the late owner of the Annapolis Gazette and Washingtonian magazine.

Bettag spoke with Merrill student Kristine Auble’17 early in the fall of 2015 and here talks about making sure students are ready to take on the responsibility of being a journalist upon graduation: