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.

Relationships

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

College

  • 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)