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CNN's Wolf Blitzer to Give Lecture on Sunday


Posted 09/22/2011
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Wolf Blitzer will receive an honorary degree and deliver a lecture on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in Lincoln Theater.
Wolf Blitzer will receive an honorary degree and deliver a lecture on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in Lincoln Theater.

Wolf Blitzer, lead political anchor at CNN and host of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, will give a talk on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Lincoln Theater.

Blitzer's talk, which is part of the Rogow Distinguished Visiting Lecturers Program, is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For tickets, please stop by the University box office in Lincoln Theater or call the box office at 860.768.4228 or 1.800.274.8587.

Before delivering his Rogow Lecture, Blitzer will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University.

Prior to the honorary degree ceremony and public lecture, Blitzer will be the keynote speaker at a gala dinner celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies. Tickets are required for the dinner. For more information, please contact the Greenberg Center at 860.768.4964 or mgcjs@hartford.edu.

Blitzer, one of the most respected journalists and commentators in the U.S. media today, has been with CNN for more than 20 years, during which he has reported on a wide range of major breaking news stories around the world. During the 2008 presidential election, Blitzer spearheaded CNN’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of the presidential primary debates and campaigns. He also led CNN’s Emmy Award-winning America Votes 2006 coverage.

Blitzer was among the teams of reporters awarded a George Foster Peabody award for Hurricane Katrina coverage; an Alfred I. duPont Award for coverage of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia; and an Edward R. Murrow Award for CNN’s coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. He is the recipient of the 2003 Daniel Pearl Award from the Chicago Press Veterans Association. Blitzer received the distinguished Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award from The Radio-Television Digital News Foundation in 2011. In 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 began his career with Reuters, a global news agency, in 1972 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Shortly thereafter, he became a Washington, D.C. correspondent for The Jerusalem Post. He joined CNN in 1990 as the network’s military affairs correspondent at the Pentagon and later served as CNN’s senior White House correspondent. Blitzer is the author of two books, Between Washington and Jerusalem: A Reporter’s Notebook and Territory of Lies.

Wolf Blitzer will receive an honorary degree and deliver a lecture on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in Lincoln Theater.
Wolf Blitzer will receive an honorary degree and deliver a lecture on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in Lincoln Theater.

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