Blitzer, Wolf 1948-

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Blitzer, Wolf 1948-


Born March 22, 1948, in Buffalo, NY; married Lynn Greenfield; children: Elana. Education: State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A.; Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, M.A.; also attended Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Office—c/o Washington Bureau, Cable News Network, 820 First St. N.E., Washington, DC 20002.


News correspondent, television journalist, and writer. Reuters News Agency, Tel Aviv, Israel, journalist, 1972-73; Jerusalem Post, Washington, DC, correspondent, 1973-89; Cable News Network (CNN), Washington, DC, military affairs correspondent, 1990-92, senior White House correspondent, 1992-99, member of news staff, 1999—. Worked as a lecturer; also worked as a bellhop at hotels in the Catskill Mountains of New York.


Alpha Epsilon Pi (life member).

Awards, Honors:

Citation from American Journalism Review, 1994; Emmy Award, 1996, for coverage of bombing in Oklahoma City; Lowell Thomas Broadcast Journalism Award, outstanding contributions to broadcast journalism, International Platform Association, 1999; Hubert H. Humphrey First Amendment Freedoms Prize, Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, 2000; Edward R. Murrow Award (with others), 2001, for coverage of terrorist attacks on World Trade Center; Daniel Pearl Award, Chicago Press Veterans Association, 2003; Journalist Pillar of Justice Award, Respect for Law Alliance, 2004; Ernie Pyle Journalism Award, excellence in military reporting, American Veteran Awards, 2002; Annual CableACE Award (with others), for coverage of Persian Gulf War; George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award (with others), Henry W. Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Georgia, for coverage of Hurricane Katrina; Alfred I. duPont Award (with others), for coverage of tsunami damage in Southeast Asia; honorary degrees from Catholic University of America, D'Youville College, Gannon University, George Washington University, King's College, Old Dominion University, Quinnipiac College, St. Louis University, State University of New York at Buffalo, and Western New England College.


Television Appearances; Series:

Substitute anchor, Inside Politics, CNN, 1992-2005.

Substitute host, Larry King Live!, CNN, beginning 1997.

Host, Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, CNN, beginning 1998.

Host, Wolf Blitzer Reports, CNN, beginning 2000.

Substitute host, NewsNight with Aaron Brown, CNN, 2001.

Host, The Situation Room, CNN, beginning 2005.

Appeared as an anchor of The World Today, CNN; also contributor to segments of various election campaign broadcasts.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Broadcast journalist (in archive footage), Desert Storm: The War Begins, CNN, 1991.

Presenter, 25th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, Discovery Times, 2004.

Diary of a Political Tourist, HBO, 2004.

Host, CNN Nevada Democratic Party Presidential Primary Debate, CNN, 2007.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Himself, "All Singing! All Dancing! All Miserable!," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1996.

The Daily Show (also known as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Global Edition and Jon Stewart), Comedy Central, 2000, 2004.

Real Time with Bill Maher, HBO, 2003.

(Uncredited) Himself, "A Change Is Gonna Come," The West Wing, NBC, 2004.

Himself, "True Believers: Life inside the Dean Campaign," CNN Presents, CNN, 2004.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, CBS, 2005.

Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC, 2005.

CNN Live From …, CNN, 2006.

The Colbert Report, Comedy Central, 2007.

Voice (in archive recording) The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News, 2008.

Feature Film Appearances:

Voice of Paul Pape, Cats & Dogs, Warner Bros., 2001.

(Uncredited) Voice, Fahrenheit 9/11, IFC Films, 2004.

Documentary Film Appearances:

Follow the Leader, Baker & Taylor Entertainment, 2002.

Martial Law 9/11: Rise of the Police State, 2005.

So Goes the Nation, IFC Films, 2006.

Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains, Sony Pictures Classics, 2007.



Washington Jerusalem: A Reporter's Notebook, Oxford University Press, 1985.

Territory of Lies, Harper & Row, 1989.

Contributor of articles to periodicals, including Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.