Wolf Blitzer is CNN’s lead political anchor and the anchor of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. He has been with the network for more than 20 years.
During the 2008 presidential election, Blitzer spearheaded CNN’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of the presidential primary debates and campaigns. He also anchored coverage surrounding all of the major political events, including conventions, Election Night and the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
In his career, Blitzer has reported on a wide range of major breaking stories around the world that have shaped the international political landscape. In December 2010, as tensions mounted between North and South Korea, Blitzer was the only network journalist to travel to North Korea with then-New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson’s delegation.
Blitzer began his career in 1972 with Reuters in Tel Aviv. Shortly thereafter, he became a Washington correspondent for The Jerusalem Post. After more than 15 years reporting from the nation’s capital, Blitzer joined CNN in 1990 as the network’s military-affairs correspondent at the Pentagon. He later served as CNN’s senior White House correspondent, covering President Bill Clinton.
Among the numerous honors he has received, Blitzer received Emmy Awards for his 1996 coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing and coverage of Election Day 2006. He was also 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 coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Blitzer is the author of two books, Between Washington and Jerusalem: A Reporter’s Notebook and Territory of Lies. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a master of arts degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.