Wolf Blitzer : Biography
Wolf Blitzer is a renowned television news anchor and a journalist. He was born in the year 1948 and celebrates his birthday every year on March 22. His full name is Wolf Isaac Blitzer. He works for CNN and has been on the network since 1990. He is best known as the host of the popular CNN program, The Situation Room. He also hosts the dayside show Wolf, and serves as the lead political anchor for the network.
He was born in Augsburg, Germany. His father David Blitzer was a home builder and his mother Cesia Blitzer was a homemaker. His parents were the survivors of Holocaust and were Jewish refugees originally from Poland. Born to Jewish parents he follows Jewish as his religion. Although he was born in Germany, he spent most of his childhood in Buffalo, New Jersey, United States. He completed his high school from Kenmore West Senior High School and then went to University at Buffalo. He graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. During his college, he was a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi. He attended the John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and received a Masters of Arts degree in International Relations in 1972.
In 1970s, he started his career in journalism with Tel Aviv bureau of the Reuters news agency. Then, he was hired by Jerusalem Post as a Washington correspondent in 1973 and worked for the English language Israeli newspaper until 1990. During his time there, he covered news regarding American politics and developments in the Arab world. He started working for CNN in 1990 covering military affairs for the network. He along with his team covered the first Gulf War in Kuwait which made him a household name and also won a CableACE Award. He became a White House correspondent in 1992 and held that position until 1999. He won the prestigious Emmy Award for his outstanding coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. In 1998, he hosted the Sunday morning interview program called Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer. He started anchoring Wolf Blitzer Reports, his own show, in 2000. He was CNN’s choice for their coverage of the presidential elections in 2004, 2008 and 2012. He hosts the two-hour early evening program, The Situation Room, since August 8, 2005 and is the anchor of CNN Newsroom which renamed his slot as Wolf. For his outstanding work, he has been honored by many awards and accolades such as Journalist Pillar of Justice Award from the Respect for Law Alliance in 2004, the Daniel Pearl Award from the Chicago Press Veterans Association in 2003, and many others. He has written two books Between Washington and Jerusalem: A Reporter's Notebook (1985) and Territory of Lies (1989) and both the books has been cited as notable reads.
About his personal life, his wife is Lynn Greenfield. They married in the year 1973 and are still going strong in their marriage. The couple has a child, a daughter, named Ilana, born in 1981. Currently, he resides in his home with his family in Bethesda, Maryland. He has never been rumored to be gay.
Blitzer has been into the industry for long and his hard work over the years has made him a millionaire. He has an estimated net worth of $16 million. Although his exact salary has not been disclosed yet, there is no doubt that CNN pays him handsomely for his work he has been doing even at the age of 66. His great height matches his personality and has a great screen presence. He is an active user of his Twitter account and more information on him is available in his biographies on Wikipedia and the official CNN website.