The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer
The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer title card.jpg
Logo used from 2015–present.
Presented byWolf Blitzer
Country of originUnited States
Production locationCNN Studios Washington, D.C.
Running time60 minutes
Original networkCNN
Original releaseAugust 8, 2005 (2005-08-08) –

The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer (also simply The Situation Room) is a daily newscast on CNN hosted by Wolf Blitzer that first aired on August 8, 2005.

The show currently airs weekdays live from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm ET from CNN's studios in Washington D.C.

A Saturday edition, recapping the news of the week, was formerly produced from 2008 to 2013. It was cancelled as Blitzer would anchor the 1PM hour of CNN Newsroom.


Secretary of State John Kerry with Wolf Blitzer.
Secretary of State John Kerry with Wolf Blitzer.
Former logo used from 2012–2015.
Former logo used from 2012–2015.

The show begins with the following opening: Happening Now ..... We want to welcome our viewers in the United States and around the world. I'm Wolf Blitzer/(insert name (used on guest hosted episodes when Blitzer is off tonight)), (and) You're in the Situation Room" During the program current events, breaking news, political headlines and reports are all discussed.

The show also makes use of CNN journalists from across the network and political analysts. They include Abby Phillip, Laura Coates, Doug Jones, Dana Bash, Bakari Sellers, John Kasich, Ana Navarro, Miles Taylor, Jamie Gangel, John Harwood (journalist), Gloria Borger, and John King.

By 2012, CNN's Washington D.C. studios were completely redesigned giving The Situation Room a newly updated look.[1]

Former Situation Room main contributors include Lisa Sylvester who showcased reports and headlines, Jack Cafferty who presented The Cafferty File, and Kate Bolduan who briefly co-hosted part of the program with Wolf Blitzer.

2021 Time shift

In January 2021, CNN announced that the show would shift from two hours to one hour, airing from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET on weekdays from April 2021. The Lead with Jake Tapper will take over the former first hour of the show.[2]


  1. ^ Newscast Studio (10 September 2012). "CNN debuts sleek new studio in Washington". NewscastStudio. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
  2. ^ Jensen, Erin. "CNN expands Tapper show, moves Blitzer; Fox News adds fourth opinion hour in revamp". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2021-01-11.
Preceded byThe Lead with Jake Tapper CNN Weekday lineup 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Succeeded byErin Burnett OutFront