Over that time, Blitzer has reported on a wide range of major breaking stories that have shaped the international political landscape. He has interviewed every U.S. president from Gerald Ford to Barack Obama. He has also interviewed key global leaders, including the Dalai Lama, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, and former South African President Nelson Mandela.
In the run-up to the 2012 presidential election, Blitzer moderated three CNN Republican presidential debates. Blitzer led CNN’s election coverage throughout “America’s Choice 2012,” serving as lead anchor on key primary and caucus nights. During the 2008 presidential election, Blitzer spearheaded CNN’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of the presidential primary debates and campaigns.
Blitzer also served as the anchor of “Late Edition With Wolf Blitzer” for more than a decade. The Sunday public affairs program, which was seen in more than 200 countries around the world, featured interviews with presidents and heads of state, politicians, candidates and observers.
Blitzer began his career in 1972 with the Reuters News Agency in Tel Aviv. He then became a Washington, D.C., correspondent for The Jerusalem Post. After more than 15 years of reporting from the nation’s capital, he joined CNN in 1990 as a Pentagon correspondent. He served as CNN’s senior White House correspondent covering President Bill Clinton’s two terms.
Blitzer is the recipient of an Emmy Award for his 1996 coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing and a Golden CableACE from the National Academy of Cable Programming for the CNN coverage of the Persian Gulf War. He anchored CNN’s Emmy-award winning live coverage of the 2006 Election Day. He was also among the teams awarded a George Foster Peabody Award for Hurricane Katrina coverage; an Alfred I. duPont Award for coverage of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia; and an Edward R. Murrow Award for CNN’s coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. In April of 2013, Blitzer won the Urbino Press Award from the Italian Embassy for his excellence in journalism.
Blitzer is the author of two books, “Between Washington and Jerusalem: A Reporter’s Notebook” (Oxford University Press, 1985) and “Territory of Lies” (Harper and Row, 1989). He received a bachelor’s degree in history from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a master’s degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.
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