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St. Louis County NAACP Annual Fund Leadership Dinner Announces CNN’s Wolf Blitzer as Lifetime Achievement Honoree on June 23, 2016

(ST. LOUIS, MO)  St. Louis County NAACP is pleased to announce CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will be the recipient of the Organization’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award for the 80th Annual Freedom Fund Leadership Dinner. The dinner will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the Marriott Grand Hotel in Downtown St. Louis, located at 800 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63101. 

Blitzer is the anchor of CNN's Situation Room, a nightly newscast that focuses on the day’s top news, with CNN correspondents around the US and the world. Blitzer also hosts Wolf, a daily afternoon news cast seen in more than 200 countries and territories.

“We are grateful that Mr. Blitzer has agreed to accept the Organization’s lifetime achievement award and deliver remarks at our historical dinner,” said John Gaskin III, Chairman of the 2016 Freedom Fund Leadership Dinner. “He has been a true champion of civil rights and has supported the many causes of equal justice for all,” added Gaskin. 

Before Blitzer became anchor of Wolf Blitzer Reports, Blitzer co-anchored The World Today. He served as CNNs senior White House correspondent, covering Bill Clinton from his election in 1992 until 1999. He joined CNN in 1990 as the networks military affairs correspondent at the Pentagon. Blitzer is the recipient of several awards, including the prestigious Ernie Pyle Journalism Award from the American Veteran Awards in 2002 for excellence in military reporting.

In 1996, Blitzer won an Emmy Award for his coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing, and in 1994, American Journalism Review cited him and CNN as the overwhelming choice of readers for the coveted Best in the Business Awards for best network coverage of the Clinton Administration. Blitzer is the author of two books, Between Washington and Jerusalem: A Reporters Notebook and Territory of Lies. The latter was cited by The New York Times Book Review as one of the most notable books of 1989.

 “The 80th Annual Freedom Fund Leadership Dinner is a testament of St. Louis County NAACP’s dedication to the citizens of St. Louis,” said Esther Haywood, President, St. Louis County NAACP. “This is going to be a memorable night for everyone who attends the event in June; we are truly excited and gracious.”

 For more information on the St. Louis County NAACP, 80th Annual Freedom Fund Leadership Dinner, contact the Branch’s headquarters at, 314-389-1552 or visit their website at: