Eizenstat Lecture

Our 2017 Speaker: Wolf Blitzer

Wolf Blitzer is CNN’s lead political anchor and the anchor of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, providing viewers with in-depth reports about the political, international and breaking news stories of the day. In addition, he anchors “Wolf,” which is focused on the most important news from Washington and around the world. Blitzer will be speaking at the 2017 Fran Eizenstat and Eizenstat Family Annual Lecture at Ahavath Achim Synagogue in Atlanta on Sunday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m.

The Eizenstat Lecture is an annual, free public event featuring well-known speakers addressing current and thought-provoking issues. Past speakers include national and international political, legal and economic leaders such as former Vice President Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright, Shimon Perez, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Joseph Lieberman, Al Gore, Alan Dershowitz, Paul Dundes Wolfowitz and Herman Wouk.

Wolf Isaac Blitzer is a Journalist and a reporter who was born in Augsburg, Germany. His parents were Jewish evacuees who were originally from Poland. Born in Germany, his family later moved to United States of America and settled down in Buffalo, New York where he was raised by Jewish traditions. He studied at University at Buffalo and graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor’s degree in History. Then in 1972, he received his Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Master of Fine Arts. He also studied Hebrew language from Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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. After more than 15 years of reporting from the nation’s capital, Blitzer joined CNN in 1990 as the network’s military-affairs correspondent at the Pentagon. He then served as CNN’s senior White House correspondent covering President Bill Clinton from November 1992 election until 1999, when he became the anchor of CNN’s Sunday public affairs program Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer and remained for more than a decade.

Blitzer was pivotal to CNN’s election coverage throughout America’s Choice 2012, serving as lead anchor on key primary nights, caucus nights and the Emmy award-winning election night. He moderated three of CNN’s Republican presidential debates including the first-of-its-kind tea party debate. During the 2008 presidential election, Blitzer spearheaded CNN’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of the presidential primary debates and campaigns.

Known for his Middle East expertise, Blitzer reported from Israel in the midst of the war between that country and Hezbollah during the summer of 2006 and he also returned to the region with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper in 2012. In 2005, Blitzer was the only American news anchor to cover the Dubai Ports World story on the ground in the United Arab Emirates. He also traveled to the Middle East in 2005 to report on the second anniversary of the war in Iraq. In 2003, Blitzer reported on the Iraq war from the Persian Gulf region.

Blitzer has authored two books, Between Washington and Jerusalem: A Reporter’s Notebook (Oxford University Press, 1985) and Territory of Lies (Harper and Row, 1989)-cited by The New York Times Book Review as one of the most notable books of 1989.

This is the 29th installment of the Eizenstat Lecture. Established in 1987 by former Ambassador to the European Union, Stuart Eizenstat, to honor the memories of his family members, the Lecture features distinguished world figures speaking on national and international topics. Mr. Eizenstat served in key positions in President Jimmy Carter’s administration, including Chief Domestic Policy Adviser and Executive Director of the White House Domestic Policy Staff, and in President Bill Clinton’s administration, including Deputy Treasury Secretary, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs, and Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade. Mr. Eizenstat currently heads the international practice of the law firm Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C.

Ahavath Achim Synagogue (AA) is a dynamic, egalitarian, Conservative Jewish congregation that has served Atlanta since 1886. For more than 125 years, AA has been an integral part of the Atlanta community, with strong leadership and involvement in civic, social and cultural affairs.

Previous Eizenstat Lecture Speakers

2016 Michael Bloomberg
2015 Vice President Joe Biden
2014 Thomas L. Friedman
2013 The Honorable Ron Dermer
2012 Justice Stephen Gerald Breyer
2011 David Brooks
2010 The Honorable Michael B. Oren
2009 The Honorable Al Gore
2007 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
2006 Paul Wolfowitz, Ph.D
2005 The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton
2004 The Honorable Ehud Olmert
2003 The Honorable Bill Clinton
2002 The Honorable Jimmy Carter
2001 U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
2000 The Honorable Joseph Lieberman
1999 Herman Wouk
1998 Professor Alan Dershowitz
1997 Cantor Benjamin Muller & Choir
1996 The Honorable Shimon Peres
1995 Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
1994 The Honorable Itamar Rabinovich
1993 The Honorable Simcha Dinitz
1992 The Honorable Teddy Kollek
1991 The Honorable Dr. Henry Kissinger
1990 The Honorable Abba Eban
1989 Natan Sharansky
1988 Elie Wiesel