Theodore F. Koop attained professional prominence as vice president of CBS News in Washington, D.C. During his tenure, CBS became the leading television news network and Koop is credited wit hiring Walter Cronkite as anchorman for the national news.
Koop received a journalism degree from the University of Iowa n 1928, and was an editor of the Daily Iowan and a staff member of the Hawkeye while on campus. Koop began his career as an Associated Press reporter during the 1930s and 1940s. He also served on the editorial staff of the National Geographic Society. In 1948 he was appointed director of news and public affairs for CBS. He was promoted to vice president in 1961, and held the post until his retirement in 1975.
Koop continues his close ties with the University and the School of Journalism, frequently returning to take part in seminars and lectures. He is a member of the Presidents Club of the University, and serves on the Presidents Club National Committee as the Washington representative.