PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 10, 2015 -Wolf Blitzer, lead anchor of The Situation Room, will receive the Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award this fall. The noted CNN broadcaster will be the fifteenth recipient of the honor at a ceremony hosted annually by Temple University's Klein College of Media and Communication (Klein College) to recognize successful alumni and raise funds for student scholarships.

Blitzer, the lead political anchor at CNN, has spent more than 25 years at the network covering elections, conflict in the Middle East and leading breaking news coverage. He will join past recipients including Anderson Cooper, Robin Roberts, Matt Lauer, Whoopi Goldberg and the late Ed Bradley.

In addition to receiving the award at the ceremony, the anchor will also address students at a separate "Conversation with Students" reception.

"We are thrilled that our students will have the opportunity to talk with and learn from one of the nation's leading broadcasters," said Dean David Boardman. "Wolf Blitzer has accomplished something few can claim: earning and keeping the nation's trust for a quarter-century."

The ceremony, to be held in Mitten Hall on October 29 at 11:15 a.m., will also honor five alumni working in the media and communication industry. Two recent alumni will be honored as rising stars as well. Alumni honorees are:

  • Ari Brandt, (Klein College '92) CEO/co-founder of advertising group MediaBrix

  • John Foy, (Klein College '89) Television and film producer

  • Kristen Graham, (Klein College '00) Staff writer, The Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Ritschard (Rich) Homberg, (Klein College '78) President and CEO, Detroit Public Television

  • Linn Washington, Jr., (Klein College '74) Journalist and professor, Temple University


  • Robert Czyzewicz, (Klein College '10) Co-Founder, 20/20 Visual Media

  • Patrick Rosenbaum, (Klein College '11) Co-Founder, 20/20 Visual Media

Named in honor of broadcasting pioneer Lew Klein, the event honors his more than 60 years teaching at the Klein College of Media and Communication.

"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.

Proceeds from the event directly benefit the Lew Klein Scholarship Fund, which provides stipends to help defray tuition costs, encouraging students to pursue study abroad and internship opportunities. Last year, 20 students were able to study abroad, conduct independent research and participate in professional internships as a result of this funding.

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