2005 Buffalo Bob Smith Award
Born in Kenmore, Wolf Blitzer graduated from Kenmore West High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from SUNY Buffalo and a master of arts degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. Blitzer began his career in 1972 with the Reuters News Agency in Tel Aviv. Shortly thereafter, he became a Washington, D.C. correspondent for The Jerusalem Post. Blitzer joined CNN in 1990 and served as CNN’s senior White House correspondent covering President Bill Clinton from his election in November 1992 until 1999. Wolf Blitzer is the anchor of CNN’s, The Situation Room, an afternoon news program that combines traditional reporting methods with the newest innovative online resources. Blitzer has won numerous awards, including the 2004 Journalist Pillar of Justice Award from the Respect for Law Alliance and the 2003 Daniel Pearl Award from the Chicago Press Veterans Association. He was among the team awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award for CNN’s coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. In November 2002, the American Veteran Awards honored him with the prestigious Ernie Pyle Journalism Award for excellence in military reporting, and, in February 2000, he received the Anti-Defamation League’s Hubert H. Humphrey First Amendment Freedoms Prize. Blitzer won an Emmy Award for his 1996 coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing.