Wolf Blitzer’s name is almost synonymous with news today. The newsman who delivers news in a decidedly humorless manner is most known for his programs Wolf and The Situation Room on CNN.
He joined the network in the capacity of a military affairs reporter. Since then, his role within the network has continued to grow as he has fulfilled more prominent roles and now fulfills the responsibility of the network’s lead political anchor and analyst.
Wolf Blitzer’s Bio, Age
Wolf’s parents spent time in a Nazi-operated concentration camp before he was born. Both Jewish refugees, his mother Cesia was a stay-at-home wife while his father David Blitzer was a home builder. Wolf Isaac Blitzer was born in Augsburg, Germany on March 22, 1948. In his early childhood, his family moved to the United States where he attended Kenmore West Senior High School and the State University of New York at Buffalo, from where he graduated with a B.A. in history in 1970.
He furthered his studies at John Hopkins University from where he graduated with a Master of Arts in International Relations. During his time, he also spent time learning the Hebrew language at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Following his time at John Hopkins, he worked in a couple of Israeli-affiliated news companies including The Tel Aviv bureau, the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and Jerusalem Post. In the employ of the latter, he stayed until 1990.
After his time with Jerusalem Post, Wolf Blitzer joined CNN in mid-1990 as the reporter for military matters. His time in this capacity saw him visit KGB headquarters and also cover the first Gulf War that unfolded in Kuwait.
As he became more famous in the news business, CNN made him the network’s White House Correspondent in 1992. He continued to establish his brand when he covered the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995, an endeavor for which he received an Emmy Award. In 1998, he became the anchor and host for CNN’s Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer. He followed this up with Wolf Blitzer Reports, which he anchored for five years from 2000 until sometime in 2005.
His biggest responsibility on the network yet started in 2005. He became the host of the network’s most-watched political show, The Situation Room. Blitzer has also helped the network cover every presidential election since George Bush Jr.’s second tenure in 2004. Blitzer is also the anchor of Wolf, a show that started out under the title CNN Newsroom.
The immense success of Wolf Blitzer’s journalism career has seen him receive a plethora of recognition in the form of awards and honorary degrees. Between 1999 and 2014, the journalist received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from six different universities. These include the University at Buffalo, George Washington University, Niagara University, Howard University, Penn State University, and the University of Hartford.
Wolf’s award repository includes a 2003 Daniel Pearl Award, a 2004 Journalist Pillar of Justice Award, and a 2002 American Veteran Awards’ Ernie Pyle Journalism Award for military reporting. The veteran newsman has also been recognized for his coverage of high-profile events such as 1999’s Southeast Asian tsunami, the 9/11 attacks, and Hurricane Katrina among others.
Over the course of his career, Wolf Blitzed has written a number of books covering different aspects and experiences at different periods in his career. These include Between Washington and Jerusalem: A Reporter’s Notebook (1985); and Territory of Lies (1989).
He has also been on several shows outside his network and in movies too. Some of his big-screen cameos include Skyfall, Ben 10: Omniverse, House of Cards, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Mission Impossible: Fallout.
Salary and Net Worth
According to many online sources, Blitzer unsurprisingly is evaluated to be sitting on a big pile of cash. The veteran newsman’s latest salary boost sees him take home an annual salary of $5 million. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Wolf has a net worth of $16 million, although some other sources report it to be significantly higher.
Is He Gay? – Wife and Daughter
The political anchor is as straight as they come. Blitzer has never been assumed to be gay nor has he done anything to make viewers and fans assume such. He has been married to the love of his life, Lynn Greenfield since 1973. The couple dated for a few years before they tied the knot. Together they have only one child, a daughter named Ilana Blitzer Gendelman, born in 1981.
What is Wolf Blitzer’s Real Name?
Blitzer’s name has been questioned, admired and even been a source of comic relief. His first name, Wolf is actually his real name, one which he inherited from his grandfather. His surname Blitzer is also real and according to the newsman, goes back generations.