Nick Kristof and Wolf Blitzer to Lead the Lineup at Premier D.C. Journalism Gala

Apr 92013

Two outstanding correspondents will be featured at the 2013 International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) Awards Dinner on Nov. 7. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof will give the keynote address. CNN lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer will serve as the master of ceremonies at Washington’s top international journalism awards dinner.

“Nick Kristof is the conscience of international journalism and Wolf Blitzer a brilliant reporter of overseas news,” said ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan. “We are honored that they will join us to recognize the power of quality information.”

At the dinner, ICFJ will give two Knight International Journalism Awards to colleagues whose news reports or media innovations have had tremendous impact. A prestigious panel of judges will select the winners. The judges include:

Jacqueline Barnathan, Executive Editor, CBS Newspath
Krista Canfield, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, LinkedIn
Howard Fineman, Editorial Director, Huffington Post Media Group
Anders Gyllenhaal, Vice President, News and Washington Editor, McClatchy Co.
Raju Narisetti, Senior Vice President and Deputy Head of Strategy, News Corp.
Jorge Luis Sierra, Knight International Journalism Fellow, ICFJ/Freedom House
John Towriss, Principal, Envoy Strategy Group
Jose Zamora, Director of Strategic Communications, News Division, Univision Communications Inc.

On June 10, ICFJ will announce the winners at a special event.

Kristof is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner whose columns highlight humanitarian issues in the developing world, including the crisis in Darfur. He has reported on six continents and traveled to more than 140 countries. He and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, wrote the best-selling book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.” It launched a global movement to end the persecution of women.

Over the decades, Blitzer has reported on a wide range of global breaking news stories that have shaped the international political landscape. He has interviewed some of history's most notable political figures and foreign leaders. “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” airs on CNN every weekday and in an abbreviated format on Saturday evenings. Blitzer began his career in 1972 with the Reuters News Agency in Tel Aviv. Shortly after that, he became a Washington correspondent for The Jerusalem Post. After more than 15 years of reporting from the nation’s capital, Blitzer joined CNN in 1990 as the network’s military-affairs correspondent at the Pentagon.

For more information on the Awards Dinner or to purchase a table or ticket, click here. To cover the event, please complete this registration form.


The International Center for Journalists advances quality journalism worldwide. Our hands-on programs combine the best professional practices with new technologies. We believe that responsible journalism empowers citizens and holds governments accountable. For more information, go to www.icfj.org.