WRITTEN BY: RYAN FRASCELLA
On Thursday, Temple University hosted the Lew Klein Excellence in Media awards ceremony in Mitten Hall. This year’s honoree is CNN Anchor, Wolf Blitzer. Blitzer who hosts his own show on CNN came to Temple to receive the award and speak to students about what it is like being a part of the media and how he got his start. Blitzer explained that he started with the news service, Reuters before he went on to cover some of the biggest events of the modern day with CNN. Dean of the School of Media and Communication, David Boardman explains in a press release how Blitzer differs from many of his colleagues.
“Wolf Blitzer has accomplished something few can claim: earning and keeping the nation’s trust for a quarter-century,” Boardman said.
In the same press release, Lew Klein, for which this award is named, explains how Blitzer was chosen to receive the award.
“From an extensive list of nominees we are fortunate to be honoring a television journalist whose career has included coverage of the Gulf War in Kuwait, presidential elections, and the White House among many headline stories,” Klein said
The event which Temple hosts each year also honors alumni who are working in the industry. Some of the alumni who were honored this year include Inquirer Reporter Kristen Graham, Temple Professor, Linn Washington Jr., and the President and CEO of Detroit Public Television, Rich Homberg.
In addition to honoring Temple alumni working in the business along with a leader in the industry, the money raised at this event helps provide assistance for students to help lower tuition costs so that they can pursue other opportunities during their time at Temple.
After receiving this award, Blitzer now joins some of the top names in broadcasting to receive the award including Matt Lauer, Robin Roberts, Brian Williams, and Anderson Cooper.