Senator Rockefeller and Ted Koppel to Appear at Wesleyan April 22

Monday, April 14th, 2014

United States Senator Jay Rockefeller with special guest Ted Koppel will present in a talk on Public Policy at West Virginia Wesleyan College on Tuesday, April 22 at 2 p.m. in Culpepper Auditorium in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts.

Audience members will have an opportunity to exchange ideas and participate in a question and answer session during the fireside style chat.

Senator Rockefeller has served the people of West Virginia for nearly 50 years.  As a long-time advocate for many issues that improve the lives of West Virginia residents, Rockefeller is recognized as one of the strongest champions for health care reform. To diversify and expand economic opportunities, Rockefeller has played an instrumental role in attracting new investment and jobs to West Virginia such as the Toyota manufacturing plant in Buffalo, WV. At the same time, Rockefeller maintains a strong focus on strengthening core industries such as steel, coal, and chemicals by fighting for fair trade policies and targeted tax relief. He is also working on policies that will allow for energy independence by drawing on West Virginia’s natural resources to produce clean and reliable fuels.

As part of Senator Rockefeller’s effort to strengthen the lives of children and families, he has co-authored legislation to improve educational opportunities for students, promote stability through adoptions and foster care, increase minimum wage for employees, reduce violence and obscenity on television, and help every school and library connect to the Internet. He has also supported numerous targeted tax cuts for working families such as the child tax credit and the earned-income tax credit, and he supported eliminating the marriage penalty.

Rockefeller is also known for his strong national security credentials, support for our nation’s soldiers and veterans, and oversight of the country’s intelligence programs. He has been critical of the nation’s mismanagement of the Iraq war, and continues to press the United States to refocus its mission and resources on al Qaida and global terrorism.

Senator Rockefeller is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. He is also the Chairman of the Health Care Subcommittee on Finance; and a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He also serves on the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

Senator Rockefeller served as the 12th president at Wesleyan from 1973 to 1975. Rockefeller was first elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1966 and as Secretary of State in 1968. In 1976, Rockefeller was elected Governor of West Virginia, and was re-elected in 1980. In 1984, he was elected to the United States Senate, and re-elected in 1990, 1996, 2002 and 2008.

Since 1967, Rockefeller has been married to Sharon Percy Rockefeller with whom he has four children: John, Valerie, Charles, and Justin. Jay and Sharon are also the proud grandparents of four granddaughters and two grandsons.

Koppel is a broadcast journalist, best known as the anchor for Nightline from the program’s inception in 1980 until his retirement in late 2005. After leaving Nightline, Koppel worked as managing editor for the Discovery Channel before resigning in 2008. Koppel is currently a senior news analyst for National Public Radio and contributing analyst to BBC World News America, and contributes to NBC News.

Also available is the live webcasting of  Senator Rockefeller and Ted Koppel at

Live webcasting  is brought to you by BCTS-TV, the college radio station’s (C92) sports broadcasting online channel. Student broadcasters and Communication Department majors Ben Spurlock, Bronson Clark and Nick Bader will manage the entire broadcast.

A reception will immediately follow the event. The talk is free and open to the public.