Wolf Blitzer Bio, Age, Family, Wife, Daughter, CNN, Movies, Net Worth

Wolf Blitzer
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Wolf Blitzer Biography

Wolf Blitzer is a multi-award winning journalist. He is also an author and a media personality working as the anchor of CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. The Show airs on weekdays at 6 p.m. ET and provides in-depth reports about the political, international and breaking news stories of the day. Additionally, he is CNN’s lead political anchor.

Wolf Blitzer Age

He is 72 years old as at 2020. He was born on March 22, 1948, in Augsburg, Germany.

Wolf Blitzer Height and Weight

Blitzer is 5 feet and 10 inches tall (1.78m). He also weighs around 70kgs. In addition, he has gray hair and blue eyes.

Wolf Blitzer Nationality

He is both American and German national.

Wolf Blitzer Education

Wolf graduated from Kenmore West Senior High School in 1966. In 1970, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He was also a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi at the State University.

Later on, he furthered his education at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and graduated in 1972 with a Master of Arts in International Relation. He also studied Hebrew at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem while still at Johns Hopkins.

Additionally, Blitzer has numerous honorary degrees from educational institutions across the country, including The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; State University of New York at Buffalo; The Catholic University in Washington, D.C; Howard University in Washington, D.C. and The Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pa.

Wolf Blitzer Family

Blitzer was born in Augsburg, Germany during post-World War II. He is the son of Cesia Blitzer and David Blitzer. His mother was a home maker while his father was a home builder.

His parents were Polish Jews refugees who survived the Auschwitz concentration camp. However, his grandparents, two uncles and two aunts on his father’s side all died.

A few months later after Blitzer was born his family emigrated to the United States under the provisions of the 1948 Displaced Persons Act. The family settled in Buffalo, New York where he was raised together with his elder sister, Helena Blitzer.

Every year, Blitzer would watch his parents mourn for their families on Yom Kippur, the day the Nazis rounded up his mother’s relatives at a prayer service and sent them to the “crematoriums.”

Wolf Blitzer Wife and Daughter

Blitzer has been married to his wife, Lynn Greenfield for over 40 years. The couple tied the knot in 1973. His wife is a professional shopper. In 2011 during an interview with the Huffington Post Blitzer said, “I have an excellent personal shopper: my wife Lynn. She is a professional shopper at Saks,” when asked how he decides what neckties to wear.

Lynn and Blitzer are blessed with a daughter, Ilana Blitzer. She was born in 1981. She is also a beauty editor at Health Magazine and All You Magazine. Wolf and his wife resides in Bethesda, Maryland.

Ilana has been married twice. Currently, she is married to David Snider. They tied the knot in 2015. Previously, she was married to Joseph Gendelman in 2008.

In August 2016, Blitzer became a grandfather. His daughter Ilana gave birth to Ruben Daniel Snider

Wolf Blitzer CNN

Blitzer is the anchor of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, which airs weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. The show provides viewers with in-depth reports about the political, international and breaking news stories of the day. During the 2020 election cycle, he moderated several Democratic presidential town halls, as well as CNN’s January debate in Iowa. He also anchored special coverage of Election Night in America surrounding the 2020 election, which lasted several days until CNN was the first to project Joe Biden as the winner and Blitzer was the one to announce the projection.

In 2016, Blitzer served as moderator for the CNN Republican Presidential Primary Debates in Las Vegas, Nevada and in Houston, Texas and the Democratic Presidential Primary Debate in Brooklyn, New York. He was pivotal to CNN’s election coverage throughout America’s Choice 2012, serving as lead anchor on key primary nights, caucus nights and the Emmy award-winning election night. He moderated three of CNN’s Republican presidential debates including the first-of-its-kind tea party debate. Furthermore, he anchored the network’s coverage during the inaugurations of Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

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Blitzer began his career in 1972 with the Reuters News Agency in Tel Aviv. Shortly thereafter, he became a Washington, D.C., correspondent for The Jerusalem Post and reported from the nation’s capital for more than 15 years. Blitzer has been with CNN for 28 years having joined in 1990 as the network’s military-affairs correspondent at the Pentagon. He then served as CNN’s senior White House correspondent covering President Bill Clinton from November 1992 election until 1999, when he became the anchor of CNN’s Sunday public affairs program Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer and remained for more than a decade.

Wolf Blitzer Awards

Wolf has received numerous awards including:

  • The American News Women’s Club Excellence in Journalism Award in 2019.
  • The Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism by the National Press Foundation in March 2014.
  • In 2013, he was recognized as the eighth recipient of the Urbino Press Award from the Italian Embassy for his excellence in journalism.
  • In 2011, Blitzer received the distinguished Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award from The Radio & Television Digital News Foundation, and The Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s Jefferson-Lincoln Award.
  • Blitzer was part of the CNN team to earn a 2012 Emmy award for the network’s coverage of the revolution in Egypt, leading up to and including the resignation of Hosni Mubarak.
  • He was vital to the network’s efforts to earn the 2006 Emmy-award for live coverage on Election Day.
  • The 2004 Journalist Pillar of Justice Award from the Respect for Law Alliance.
  • The 2003 Daniel Pearl Award from the Chicago Press Veterans Association.
  • He was among the teams awarded a George Foster Peabody award for Hurricane Katrina coverage; an Alfred I. duPont Award for coverage of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia; and an Edward R. Murrow Award for CNN’s coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001.
  • An Emmy Award from The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his 1996 coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing and a Golden CableACE from the National Academy of Cable Programming for his and CNN’s coverage of the Persian Gulf War.

 Wolf Blitzer Books

He is the author of two books;

  • Between Washington and Jerusalem: A Reporter’s Notebook (Oxford University Press, 1985).
  • Territory of Lies (Harper and Row, 1989)-cited by The New York Times Book Review as one of the most notable books of 1989.

Wolf Blitzer Movies

Blitzer has appeared in numerous films as himself reporting on events, including the James Bond film Skyfall. Since 2013, he has also made guest appearances in Netflix’s political drama House of Cards, portraying himself. Additionally, he makes a brief cameo in the 2016 movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) and in an episode of Ben 10: Omniverse.

Blitzer played a prominent supporting role in the 2009 documentary Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace in which he relayed his experiences as a journalist working for the Jerusalem Post, which traces the confluence of factors that made the 1979 Peace Treaty between Israel and Egypt possible.

Wolf Blitzer Political Affiliation

The award-winning journalist is not affiliated to any political party.

Wolf Blitzer Jonathan Blitzer

Jonathan Blitzer is a staff writer at The New Yorker. He won a 2017 National Award for Education Reporting for “American Studies,” a story about an underground school for undocumented immigrants. He has been a finalist three times for a Livingston Award, and is the recipient of an Edward R. Murrow Award as well as the 2018 Immigration Journalism Prize from the French-American Foundation. His writing and reporting have also appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Atavist, Oxford American, and The Nation. He is an Emerson Fellow at New America.

However, there is no blood relation between Wolf and Jonathan Blitzer.

Wolf Blitzer Salary and Net Worth

He earns an average salary of $5 million per year. He also has an estimated net worth of $20 million.

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