April 5, 2019
Wolf Blitzer '72, lead political anchor at CNN and Johns Hopkins SAIS alumnus
Francis J. Gavin, Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and Inaugural Director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs
Opening remarks by Daniel Serwer, Director of the Conflict Management Program
Wolf Blitzer, anchor of CNN’s The Situation Room, joined the school for a discussion on American politics and the future of foreign policy at an event hosted by the student-run Careers in Diplomacy Club. A graduate of Johns Hopkins SAIS, Blitzer opened the conversation by reflecting on the fond memories he had as a student, where he was able to make lifelong friends that he still keeps in touch with today. He also made mention of the valuable role his education played in shaping his career as a journalist, specifically the professors who helped pave the way for his career by providing him with analytical skills and intellectual framework on American foreign policy, economics, and the Middle East.
Professor Frank Gavin moderated the discussion and questions from the audience of students, faculty, and alumni. Blitzer shared his thoughts on the most significant global challenges he’s covered over the years and reflected on his most memorable interviews and what he has found to be essential characteristics of leadership by engaging with global leaders throughout his career. Blitzer concluded by sharing insights on public trust in the media and the importance of the free press in improving the transparency and accountability of elected officials.