Wolf Blitzer Biography
Wolf Blitzer born Wolf Isaac Blitzer on March 22, 1948, is an American journalist, television news anchor and author who has been a CNN reporter since 1990. He currently the host of Wolf and The Situation Room. He also serves as the network’s lead political anchor.
Wolf Blitzer Age
He was born on 22 March 1948. He is 70 years old as of 2018.
Wolf Blitzer Family
Wolf Blitzer Parents
Blitzer was born in Augsburg, Germany, to Cesia Blitzer , a homemaker, and David Blitzer, a home builder. He graduated from Kenmore West Senior High School. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in history from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1970. He received a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He studied abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he learned Hebrew.
Wolf Blitzer’s Wife
He has been married to Lynn Greenfield since 1973. Together they have a daughter named Ilana Blitzer Gendelman.
Wolf Blitzer Daughter
His daughter Ilana Blitzer Gendelman who was born in 1981, is a Beauty Editor and Director who works for Health (magazine) and All You. She leads a team of writers to deliver coverage on beauty products for the magazine’s readers. Ilana got married to Joseph Gendelman, the President of Bruce Gendelman Insurance Services, in 2008. However their marriage ended in divorce after which she got married to David Snider
Wolf Blitzer Grandchildren
He had no grandchildren for a better part of his life until 2016 when his daughter delivered a son by the name Ruben Daniel Snider . A picture of him was shared by aCNN colleague. In the picture he was looking at his newly born grandson and congratulated the family on their happiness.
Wolf Blitzer Career
Blitzer began his career in journalism , in the Tel Aviv bureau of the Reuters news agency, in the early 1970s. He caught the eye of Jerusalem Post editor Ari Rath,in 1973, who hired Blitzer as a Washington correspondent for the English language Israeli newspaper. Blitzer remained with the Jerusalem Post until 1990, covering both American politics and developments in the Middle East.
Fluent who is fluent in Hebrew, Blitzer also published articles in several Hebrew-language newspapers. Under the name Ze’ev Blitzer, he wrote for Al HaMishmar. He had work published in Yedioth Ahronoth, using the name Ze’ev Barak . Ze’ev is the Hebrew word for “wolf” and Barak is the Hebrew word for “lightning” .
Blitzer also worked for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in the mid-1970s, as the editor of their monthly publication, the Near East Report. Blitzer’s writing while at AIPAC, focused on Middle East affairs as they relate to United States foreign policy.
At a White House press conference, in April 1977, Blitzer asked Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat why Egyptian scholars, athletes and journalists were not permitted to visit Israel. Sadat responded saying that such visits would be possible after an end to the state of belligerence between the two nations. In November of 1977, Sadat made a historic visit to Israel, and Blitzer covered the negotiations between the two countries from the first joint Israeli-Egyptian press conference in 1977, to the final negotiations that would lead to the signing of the Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty two years later.
Blitzer published his first book, Between Washington and Jerusalem: A Reporter’s Notebook in 1985. The book outlined his personal development as a reporter, and the relations between the United States and Israel.
He became known in 1986, for his coverage of the arrest and trial of Jonathan Pollard, an American Jew who was charged with spying for Israel. He was the first person to interview Pollard, and he later wrote a book about the Pollard Affair titled Territory of Lies. Blitzer in the book, writes that Pollard contacted him because he had been reading Blitzer’s byline for years, and because Blitzer “had apparently impressed him as someone who was sympathetic”. Pollard also hoped that Blitzer would help him “reach the people of Israel, as well as the American Jewish community.”
His interview with Pollard was controversial in the context of the legal action against him, as it was construed by some media voices as a possible violation of the terms of Pollard’s plea deal, which forbade media contact. His subsequent book about the affair was included in The New York Times list of “Notable Books of the Year” for 1989. The Times praised the book in its review, as “lucid and highly readable” and called Blitzer’s judgment of Israeli officials “harsh but fair”.
A review in The New York Review of Books was more critical, prompting a letter from Blitzer accusing the reviewer of making several inaccurate statements. Reviewer Robert I. Friedman responded to Blitzer’s criticism by characterizing Territory of Lies as “a slick piece of damage control that would make former employers at AIPAC proud.”
Wolf Blitzer CNN
On November 20, 2015, Pollard was released , in accordance with federal guidelines in place at the time of his sentencing. Blitzer moved to CNN in May 1990, and worked as the cable network’s military affairs reporter. In 1991, Blitzer spent a month in Moscow , and was one of the first Western reporters to visit KGB headquarters. His team’s coverage of the first Gulf War in Kuwait won a CableACE Award and made him a household name.
He became CNN’s White House correspondent,in 1992, a position he held until 1999. He earned an Emmy Award during this period, for his coverage of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. He began hosting the CNN Sunday morning interview program Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer,in 1998, which was seen in over 180 countries. His first assignment as an anchor was on the daily newscast The World Today, in 1999. He started anchoring his own show, Wolf Blitzer Reports, in 2000, which ran until 2005.
He was selected by CNN to anchor their coverage of all U.S. presidential elections since 2004. Blitzer has hosted The Situation Room, a two-hour afternoon/early evening program on CNN, since August 8, 2005. He started anchoring the 1pm ET hour of CNN Newsroom, in 2013, until 2014, when the slot was renamed to Wolf.
Wolf Blitzer Jeopardy
Blitzer competed on an episode of Celebrity Jeopardy!, on September 17, 2009, finishing the Double Jeopardy round with −$4,600. He was later on given $1,000 to bet in Final Jeopardy!, finishing with $2,000 before losing to comedian Andy Richter, who won $68,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Wolf Blitzer Situation Room
Other than being an anchor, Blitzer is also The Situation Room CNN Chief Anchor.
Wolf Blitzer Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $16 million dollars.