Wolf Isaac Blitzer – born March 22, 1948 – is an American journalist, television news anchor, and author who has been a CNN reporter since 1990.
He is the host of The Situation Room and also serves as the network’s lead political anchor.
Blitzer was born in Augsburg, West Germany, the son of Cesia Blitzer (née Zylberfuden), a homemaker, and David Blitzer, a home builder.
His parents were Jewish refugees from Nazi-occupied Poland who survived the Auschwitz concentration camp; his grandparents, two uncles, and two aunts on his father’s side all died there.
Blitzer and his family immigrated to the United States after World War II, under the provisions of the 1948 Displaced Persons Act. He was raised in Buffalo, New York, and graduated from Kenmore West Senior High School.
In May 1990, Blitzer moved to CNN and worked as the cable network’s military affairs reporter. His team’s coverage of the first Gulf War in Kuwait won a CableACE Award and made him a household name.
In 1992, Blitzer became CNN’s White House correspondent, a position he would hold until 1999. During this period, he earned an Emmy Award for his coverage of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
In 1998, he began hosting the CNN Sunday morning interview program Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, which was seen in over 180 countries. Blitzer’s first assignment as an anchor was on the daily newscast The World Today, in 1999. In 2000, he started anchoring his own show, Wolf Blitzer Reports, which ran until 2005.
CNN has selected Blitzer to anchor their coverage of all U.S. presidential elections since 2004.
Since August 8, 2005, Blitzer has hosted The Situation Room, a two-hour afternoon/early evening program on CNN.