Campus News

Student broadcasting society to honor Blitzer, CNN political anchor

Student broadcasting society to honor Blitzer, CNN political anchor

Wolf Blitzer, CNN’s lead political anchor and host of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, has been named recipient of the 2010 DiGamma Kappa Distinguished Achievement Award in Broadcasting.

Blitzer will be honored during the annual DGK/Georgia Association of Broadcasters Banquet on March 15 at 7 p.m. at Hilton Garden Inn. Following presentation of the award, Blitzer will deliver brief remarks to attending students and professionals.

DiGamma Kappa is the nation’s oldest professional broadcasting society for students and was founded at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication in 1939. Blitzer is the 37th annual recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award in Broadcasting. He joins previous recipients and broadcast luminaries such as Ed Bradley, Barbara Walters, Charles Kuralt, Ted Turner, Linda Ellerbee, Brian Ross, Bernard Shaw and Charlayne Hunter-Gault.

During the 2008 presidential election, Blitzer spearheaded CNN’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of the presidential primary debates and campaigns. He also anchored programming surrounding major political events, including both conventions, election night and the full-day coverage of President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

In addition to politics, Blitzer also is known for his in-depth reporting on international news. He reported from Israel in the midst of its war with Hezbollah in 2006. In 2005, he was the only American news anchor to cover the Dubai Ports World story in the United Arab Emirates. He also traveled to the Middle East that year to report on the second anniversary of the Iraq war. In 2003, Blitzer reported on the Iraq war from the Persian Gulf region.

Blitzer is the author of two books, Between Washington and Jerusalem: A Reporter’s Notebook and Territory of Lies. He also has written articles for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times.