Wolf Blitzer Biography
Wolf Blitzer is an American journalist, television news anchor, and author. He has worked as a CNN reporter since 1990 and also works as the network’s lead political anchor. Blitzer is also the host of a show titled The Situation Room wіth Wоlf Вlіtzеr.
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Wolf also published articles in several Hebrew-language newspapers. Under the name Ze’ev Blitzer, Blitzer wrote for Al HaMishmar. Moreover, he 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, Wolf questioned Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat why Egyptian scholars, athletes, and journalists were not permitted to visit Israel. In response, Sadat said that such visits would be possible after an end to the state of belligerence between the two nations. In November of 1977, Anwar 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.
Wolf 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.
In 1986, Wolf became famous for his coverage of the arrest and trial of Jonathan Pollard, an American Jew who was charged with spying for Israel. Notably, he was the first person to interview Pollard, and he later wrote a book about the Pollard Affair titled Territory of Lies. In his book, Wolf 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”.
Wolf Blitzer Age
How old is Wolf Blitzer? Blitzer is 74 years old as of March 2022. He was born Wolf Isaac Blitzer on March 22, 1948, in Augsburg, Germany. In addition, Wolf celebrates his birthday on March 22nd every year.
Wolf Blitzer Height
Blitzer stands at a height of 5’10” (1.78m) and she has a weight of 70 kg.
Wolf Blitzer Family
Blitzer’s mother is named Cesia Blitzer (née Zylberfuden) and she was a homemaker. Blitzer’s father is named David Blitzer and was a home builder. He was brought up in Buffalo, New York in the US.
His parents were Jewish refugees from Poland who survived the Auschwitz concentration camp. Unfortunately, all from his father’s side died including his grandparents, two uncles, and two aunts. After World War II, Blitzer together with his family immigrated to the United States under the provisions of the 1948 Displaced Persons Act.
Wolf Blitzer Married | Daughter
Blitzer got married to his wife Lynn Greenfield in 1973. They live in Bethesda, Maryland. The couple is blessed with one daughter called Ilana Blitzer Gendelman who was born in 1981.
Wolf Blitzer Education
Blitzer graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Arts in 1970 from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Later, he went to Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies where he graduated with a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from.
Wolf Blitzer CNN | Situation Room
Blitzer works at CNN as a lead political anchor. He is the anchor of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer which airs weekdays at 5 p.m. ET. The show provides viewers with depth reports about political, international, and breaking news stories. He has moderated several Democratic presidential town halls during the 2020 election cycle.
Blitzer worked as a moderator for the CNN Republican Presidential Primary Debates in Las Vegas, Nevada, and in Houston, Texas. He also worked in the Democratic Presidential Primary Debate in Brooklyn, New York.
Blitzer pivoted CNN’s election coverage in America’s Choice 2012. He worked as lead anchor on key primary nights, caucus nights, and election nights. In addition, he has moderated three of CNN’s Republican presidential debates. The debates include the first-of-its-kind tea party debate.
In the 2008 presidential election, he spearheaded CNN’s presidential primary debates and campaigns. Furthermore, Blitzer anchored CNN’s coverage during President Barack Obama and George W. Bush’s inaugurations.
Wolf Blitzer Net Worth | Salary
Blitzer has an estimated net worth of $16 million. His income is mainly from his career as a journalist, television news anchor, and author. In addition, Wolf receives an annual salary of between $3 million – $5 million.