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All Things Italian

April 22, 2013

“For all of us, Wolf Blitzer is a leading example of quality journalism; he has been building an exemplary professional image over the course of an extraordinary career,” said The Ambassaador of Italy, Claudio Bisogniero, when presenting the CNN host of The Situation Room with the Urbino Press Award.

I am honored to receive the Urbino Press Award. I accept it also on behalf of all of my colleagues at CNN. Ted Turner’s idea of having a channel dedicated entirely to the news has really changed the way information is reported in the United States and the world,” said Blitzer

Italian fashion designers Piero and Giacomo Guidi established the award in recognition of American journalists who, with great commitment, strive to keep the public informed about current events.

Conferred in the past to some of American journalism’s best reporters, NPR’s Diane Rehm was the first recepient.  Past winners also include Helene Cooper of the New York Times, David Ignatius of the Washington Post, Thomas L. Friedman of the New York Times, Martha Raddatz of ABC news, and Michael Weisskopf of Time magazine.

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Watergate Revisited

April 21, 2013

“We were unmarried, we were kids and Carl really developed this method of let’s go see people at night, without an appointment.”  Bob Woodward

“I think he (Ben Bradlee) came to trust us because we brought in the goods. We brought the information.  Editors like nothing more than a good story.”  Carl Bernstein

“Discovery Channel and award-winning actor/director Robert Redford presented a landmark television event looking back at Watergate – the original game changer of American politics.

Redford, who served as producer of the iconic 1976 film All the President’s Men, brought the story of Watergate to the screen with authenticity, power and precise detail while doing justice to a seminal chapter in American history.

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April 17, 2013

As first reported by Politico and other sources, Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) received a letter in the mail suspect to contain chemical traces of ricin. Veteran NBC newsman Tom Brokaw responds to the suspected incident on April 16, 2013, just moments after the report at the Easter Seals Advocacy Awards Red Carpet.. Brokaw himself was the victim of an attack by tainted mail in 2001 when he received a letter containing anthrax particles.

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