The Situation Room
|The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer|
|Presented by||Wolf Blitzer|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Location(s)||CNN Studios Washington, D.C.|
|Running time||120 minutes weekdays
60 minutes Saturdays
|Picture format||480i (16:9 letterbox SDTV),
|Original run||August 8, 2005– present|
The show currently airs weekdays live from 5:00PM to 7:00PM ET from Washington D.C. with an hour-long airing on Saturdays at 6:00PM ET which recaps highlights of the weekday broadcasts.
The show begins with the following open: "Happening Now ..... We want to welcome our viewers in the United States and around the world. I'm Wolf Blitzer, and You're in the Situation Room", which includes highlights of what the show will discuss. Current events, breaking news, and political headlines all with discussions happen during the lively program.
While the program has its own correspondents including Lisa Sylvester, Brian Todd, and Mary Snow, the show also makes use of top CNN journalists from across the network and political analysts such as Gloria Borger, John King, David Gergen, and Candy Crowley.
The show features segments such as Strategy Session which is a lively discussion on the days most pressing political issue, as well as Top Stories presented by Lisa Sylvestor that showcases headlines of the day. Wolf Blitzer also presents Hot Shots which are pictures coming in from around the world.
Normally at the end of the program, a report by Jeanne Moos is shown that talks about unusual, off-beat soft news stories that focus on subjects related to popular culture. The report makes use of street style interviews, shots of tabloid magazine headlines, and clips garnered from videos on YouTube.
By 2012, CNN's Washington D.C. studios were completely redesigned giving The Situation Room a newly updated look.
Former regular Situation Room contributors include Jack Cafferty who presented The Cafferty File from the early days of the program until he left CNN in 2012, and Kate Bolduan who co-hosted an hour of the program with Wolf Blitzer from July 2012 until March 2013 when she left to co-host a new CNN morning program.
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