Fast Facts

  • Began his journalism career in 1972 in the Tel Aviv Bureau of Reuters.
  • Worked as a correspondent for the Jerusalem Post in Washington D.C.
  • Published his first book Between Washington and Jerusalem: A Reporter's Notebook, in 1985 .
  • Traveled to Moscow in 1991 to cover the collapse of the Soviet Union.
  • Was CNN's senior White House correspondent from 1992 to 1999.
  • Received the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award.
  • Is the eighth recipient of the Urbino Press Award from the Italian Embassy.
  • In 2014, was awarded the Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism by the National Press Foundation.
  • Has interviewed many prominent political figures, including Barack Obama, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Nelson Mandela and Mikhail Gorbachev.


  • Lynn Blitzer — Wife
  • Helena — Sister
  • Cesia Blitzer — Mother
  • Ilana Blitzer Gendelman — Daughter
  • David Blitzer — Father


  • State University of New York, Buffalo, New York, United States (BA in History, 1970); John Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, United States (MA in International Relations, 1972)


  • Birth Name: Wolf Isaac Blitzer
  • Birth Place: Augsburg, Germany
  • Profession: Host, Journalist

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