Wolf Blitzer is a prominent political anchor at CNN. He has been with CNN for over two decades. He is noted for his in-depth reporting skills on the international media arena. He has also moderated the Republican debates on CNN of which the Tea Party Debate was a first one which had been done in that category.
Blitzer graduated in Bachelor of Arts degree from New York State University in Buffalo. He did his master’s degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies situated in Washington D.C. He also has honorary degrees from various educational institutions like The George Washington University, Washington D.C., and the New York State University, Buffalo. He married Lynn Greenfield in 1973. They have a daughter Ilana and reside in Bethesda, Maryland.
Wolf Blitzer started his career in the year 1972 at the Reuters News Agency, Tel Aviv. He then shifted to ‘The Jerusalem Post’ as news correspondent, based in Washington D.C. He stayed in the capital for over 15 years. He then shifted to CNN’s military affairs at Pentagon, as correspondent in 1990. He later worked as the Senior White House correspondent from 1992 to 1999. In 1999, he was made anchor of Sunday public affairs program ‘Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer at CNN’ and he has been with the program for over ten years.
Blitzer has been the recipient of many awards in recognition of his journalistic work over the years. He was part of the Emmy Award winning CNN team in 2006 for the Election Day live reporting. He has received the Journalist Pillar of Justice Award from Respect for Law Alliance in the year 2004, Daniel Pearl Award from Chicago Press Veterans Association in 2003, and was part of the team winning the George Foster Peabody award for the coverage of Hurricane Katrina. His other awards include the Alfred I. DuPont award, Golden Cable ACE, and the Edward R. Murrow award. Recently he was honored with the Urbino Press Award by the Italian Embassy. The Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award and the Jefferson Lincoln Award are other prestigious awards he has been honored with.
Wolf Blitzer has also written two books such as ‘Territory of Lies’, which has been cited by New York Times as one of the most notable books of 1989, and ‘Between Washington and Jerusalem: A Reporter’s Notebook’. He is currently hosting the show ‘The Situation Room’, which has replaced his earlier show, ‘Sunday talk show Late Edition’.