Wolf Blitzer Biography
Wolf Blitzer is an American Emmy award-winning news anchor and author who has been a CNN reporter since 1990. He currently serves as one of the principal anchors at CNN and is the host of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. Before joining CNN, he served as the network’s lead political anchor and has played a pivotal role in the network’s expanded in-depth coverage of world news and politics.
Wolf Blitzer Age
Blitzer was born on March 22, 1948, and is currently 74 years old as of the year 2022. He celebrates his birthday on the 22nd of March every year.
Wolf Blitzer Height
Blitzer stands at a height of 5 Feet and 10 Inches tall and weighs 70kgs.
Wolf Blitzer Family
Blitzer was born to David Blitzer and Cesia Blitzer. His father was a businessman both in Germany and in the USA. David migrated to the United States when he acquired visas for his whole family from queuing in a line he saw a lot of people in. David lived in Poland when the Nazis invaded in 1939 and were forced to move 30 kilometers away and work as a slave. His brother died on a forced march just weeks before liberation. Later David learned that his two sisters were shot in the marketplace and his parents and baby brother were gassed at Auschwitz and only his sister Rachel, survived. Cesia Blitzer, his mother, met with his father on a train and 3 days later, they got married. He has a sister named Helena Blitzer.
Wolf Blitzer Wife
Blitzer got married to Lynn Greenfield in the year 1973. Lynn is a known socialite and personal shopper and they have been blessed with one daughter named Ilana Blitzer Gendelman.
Wolf Blitzer Career
Blitzer earned a bachelor of arts degree in history, from the State University of New York. He also earned a master of arts degree, in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School in Washington, D.C. In addition, Blitzer has numerous honorary degrees from educational institutions across the country. These include; The Catholic University in Washington, Howard University in Washington, and The Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania. Wolf was once granted rare access to travel to North Korea with former Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. While in the country as the only CNN journalist, he took viewers inside the communist, totalitarian regime with reports from the rarely seen streets of Pyongyang and Kim II-sung University.
Blitzer began his career in 1972, at the Reuters News Agency in Tel Aviv. Shortly thereafter, he became a correspondent for The Jerusalem Post and reported from the nation’s capital for more than 15 years. He joined CNN in 1990 and started as the network’s military-affairs correspondent at the Pentagon. Succeeding that, he served as CNN’s senior White House correspondent, covering President Bill Clinton from November 1992 election until 1999. Later, 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.
Furthermore, Blitzer is the recipient of an Emmy Award from The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, for his 1996 coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing. He was also among the teams awarded severally for their coverage including; a George Foster Peabody award for Hurricane Katrina coverage. Not only that but also, an Edward R. Murrow Award for CNN’s coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001 and an Alfred I. DuPont Award for coverage of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia. Additionally, he is also the recipient of the 2004 Journalist Pillar of Justice Award, from the Respect for Law Alliance and the 2003 Daniel Pearl Award from the Chicago Press Veterans Association.
In addition, he played a pivotal part in the network’s efforts to earn the 2006 Emmy award for live coverage on Election Day. In 2011, Blitzer received the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award from The Radio & Television Digital News Foundation, and The Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s Jefferson-Lincoln Award. He was a part of the CNN team to earn a 2012 Emmy award for the network’s coverage of the Hosni Mubarak revolution in Egypt. The following year, he was recognized as the eighth recipient of the Urbino Press Award from the Italian Embassy for his excellence in journalism.
Wolf Blitzer Coverage
Throughout his career, Blitzer has interviewed some of history’s most notable figures, including U.S. Presidents Barack Obama. Not just him, but also, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and Gerald Ford. Further, he has also interviewed many foreign leaders, including; Dalai Lama, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, former South African President Nelson Mandela, and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, amongst others. Over the decades, Blitzer has reported on a wide range of major breaking stories around the world that have shaped the international political landscape, including, when Blitzer covered the withdrawal of PLO and Syrian forces in Beirut. Moreover, he covered the first Israeli-Egyptian peace conference in Egypt in 1977, and, in 1979, he traveled with then-President Jimmy Carter on visits to Egypt and Israel for the signing of the Israel-Egypt peace treaty.
Wolf Blitzer Rare Access Coverage
In addition to politics, Blitzer is also known for his in-depth reporting on international news. In December 2010, he was granted rare access to travel to North Korea with former Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. While in the country as the only network journalist, he took viewers inside the communist, totalitarian regime with reports from the rarely seen streets of Pyongyang and Kim II-sung University. Wolf was pivotal to CNN’s election coverage throughout America’s Choice 2012, serving as lead anchor on the Emmy award-winning election night. In January 2013, Blitzer traveled to Cairo, Egypt to sit down at the presidential palace with President Mohamed Morsy.
Furthermore, In 2016, Blitzer served as moderator for the CNN Republican Presidential Primary Debates in Las Vegas, Nevada, and in Houston, Texas. He has also played a critical role in the network’s expanded coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, often anchoring seven days a week during the peak of the pandemic in 2020. Moreover, he anchored special coverage of Election Night in America surrounding the 2020 election, until CNN was the first to project Joe Biden as the winner and Blitzer was the one to announce the projection. During the 2020 election cycle, he moderated several Democratic presidential town halls, as well as CNN’s January debate in Iowa. He is currently the anchor of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, which airs on weekdays at 6 pm ET. He provides viewers with breaking news, politics, and extraordinary reports from around the world.
Wolf Blitzer Salary
Blitzer earns an annual salary of $5 Million.
Wolf Blitzer’s Net Worth
Blitzer is worth approximately $25 Million.