The famous CNN anchor Wolf Isaac Blitzer has been into journalism for a long time. He is an American political analyst. In fact, he is one of the senior most political anchor of CNN. Currently, he is the host of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer at CNN which runs on weekdays 5pm -7pm ET from Washington D.C.
Education and Early Life
Blitz was born in Germany on March 22, 1948. His parents were Jewish refugees from Poland. He was, however, raised in New York. He got a degree in Bachelor of Arts from New York’s State University in Buffalo in 1970. In 1972, he got a Master’s degree in International Relations from School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. While he was at Johns Hopkins, he went abroad to study Hebrew at University of Jerusalem. Blitz has a wife and one daughter who was born in 1981.
Career and Awards
Blitzer has had a successful career so far. He started with Jerusalem Post and worked with them till 1990. At that time, he covered both Middle Eastern development and American politics. Thanks to his fluency in Hebrew, Blitz was able to publish many articles in Israeli based papers.
His first book was ‘Between Washington and Jerusalem: A Reporter’s Notebook’. In 1990 he joined CNN and later in 1992, he became CNN s White House correspondent till 1999.
Blitz has also interviewed Jonathon Pollard and later he wrote a book about the Pollard Affair titled “Territory of Lies”.
Blitzer has received multiple awards for his services in journalism. In 2003, he was awarded with The Daniel Pearle award from Chicago Press Veterans Association. In 2004 Respect for Law Alliance awarded him with Journalist Pillar of Justice Award. His further awards include Edward R. Murrow award for the CNN coverage of September 11 attacks, Alfred I. DuPont Award for the coverage of tsunami in 1999 in south East Asia.
In 2002, he won an award for military reporting. The award was Ernie Pyle Journalism Award awarded by American Veteran Awards. In May 1999, University of Buffalo awarded Blitzer an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters. Later in 2007, he was awarded the same by George Washington University. He has received the same from Niagara University, University of Hartford, and Howard University in 2010, 2011 and 2014 respectively.
Other Media appearances
Apart from his appearance on TV as a reporter, anchor and host, Blitzer has also been seen in film, documentary and drama. He appeared in the documentary “Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace”. In 2009 he appeared in Celebrity Jeopardy! which he finished it with $2000. He lost to Andy Richter who got $68,000 for a Hospital. Blitzer was in James Bond’s Skyfall.
His roles in films are also related to actual or fictional events that require reporting, Blitzer made guest appearance in a political drama of Netflix: House of Cards.
How Rich is Wolf Blitzer?
His Net worth is about $16 million and has an annual salary of $5 million.