Kaplan, Rick 1948(?)-

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Kaplan, Rick 1948(?)-


Full name, Richard N. Kaplan; born c. 1948, in Chicago, IL. Education: University of Illinois, graduated.


Producer and media executive. WBBM-TV, Chicago, IL, writer, assignment desk editor, and producer, between 1969 and 1971; CBS News, New York City, associate producer, 1971-79; ABC News, began as senior producer, became executive produced, between 1979 and 1997; Cable News Network, president of domestic news network, 1997-2000; ABC News, senior vice president, 2003-04; MSNBC, president, 2004-06; CBS News, executive producer, beginning 2007. University of Illinois, adjunct professor of journalism, beginning 1998; Harvard University, fellow of Shorenstein Center, John F. Kennedy School of Government, beginning 2003.

Awards, Honors:

Daytime Emmy Award nomination (with others), outstanding special-class program, 1999, for Earth Matters; honorary D.Letters, University of Illinois, 1999; more than thirty Emmy Awards; four awards from Overseas Press Club of America; three George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Awards, Henry W. Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Georgia; two George Polk Memorial Awards, Department of Journalism, Long Island University; four Gold Batons, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards.


Television Work; Series:

Associate producer, CBS Morning News, CBS, 1971-74.

Associate producer, CBS Evening News, CBS, 1974-79.

Senior producer, ABC World News Tonight, ABC, 1979-84.

Executive producer, Nightline, ABC, 1985-89.

Creator and executive producer, Primetime Live, ABC, 1989-94.

Executive producer, ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, ABC, 1994-96.

Executive producer, Cold War Postscript, Cable News Network, 1998.

Executive producer, Earth Matters, Cable News Network, 2000.

Segment producer, This Week in History, History Channel, 2000.

Executive producer, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, CBS, 2007.

Also executive producer of Good Morning America and ABC World News This Morning, both ABC.

Television Executive Producer; Specials:

The Manipulators: Iron Curtain-Stone Wall-Party Line, ABC, 1986.

Capital to Capital, ABC, 1987.

The Koppel Report: News from Earth, ABC, 1988.

The Koppel Report: Billion Dollar Pie, ABC, 1988.

The Koppel Report: A National Town Meeting on the Legalization of Drugs, ABC, 1988.

Covering Politics—Who's to Blame?, ABC, 1988.

The Koppel Report: D.C.—Divided City, ABC, 1989.

Senior executive producer, Sex, Drugs, and Consequences, ABC, 1996.

Walt Disney World's 25th Anniversary Party, ABC, 1997.

The Money Trail: Democracy for Sale, Cable News Network, 1997.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The Best of Nightline with Ted Koppel, 1980-90, ABC, 1990.



Chicago Tribune, March 9, 2007.


CBS News Online,http://www.cbsnews.com, September 10, 2008.