Ilana Blitzer Gendelman is the only child of Wolf Blitzer, a veteran anchor at the CNN network. Her old man currently serves as its lead political correspondent, along with talking for few other hit reporting programs.
Throughout the 90s, Ilana’s father was a notable face to every American during the Persian Gulf War. The former White House correspondent’s daughter also boasts a considerable amount of fans to her name, be it either via her dad’s fame or through her own editorial skills.
Down below, we will know what is it that makes Ilana Blitzer stand out on her own; far from the shadow of her father’s legacy. Also, we will talk about everything there is to know about her personal and professional details.
Ilana Blitzer Gendelman Early Life
Ilana was born on October 7, 1981, in Bethesda, Maryland. Her paternal grandparents were immigrants from Poland. She is of Polish-Jewish heritage. Ilana is a former student of Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.
Ilana Blitzer’s Parents
Ilana’s pop is an icon in all manner. Wolf Isaac Blitzer or simply Wolf Blitzer is an alum of John Hopkins University where he got his master’s in Advanced International Studies. Active in CNN since 1990, the beauty blogger’s father has won numerous honors including an Emmy for his coverage of the Oklahoma City Bombing.
He has been an integral face in the reporting world with his shows like Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, Wolf Blitzer Reports, and The Situation Room. He sat with some of the most famous presidents of the United States including Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Gerald Ford.
Ilana’s mother, Lynn Greenfield, on the other hand, works as a personal shopper at the Saks Fifth Avenue store in Chevy Chase, a town in Maryland. Her parents married in 1973. They reside in Bethesda, Maryland.
Ilana’s Grandparents Were Holocaust Survivors
Michelle’s forerunners were among the unfortunates that had to face the worst of humanity when they became prisoners in Auschwitz during WWII. Wolf discussed this with the Buffalo News in June 2018 and has brought up the conversation in several other meetings.
As per the anchor, Ilana’s grandpa survived but his two brothers and two sisters didn’t. Her grandfather immigrated to Buffalo (under the 1948 Displaced Persons Act) where they raised Wolf.
Before fleeing to the United States, they were the prisoners in Auschwitz. During a CNN Special Report segment, her father traveled back to the very concentration camp where his parents had faced the horror of the holocaust. At the 70th anniversary of liberation, he contributed a dinner to a room full of Holocaust victims.
Ilana Blitzer Gendelman Relationships
The daughter of Blitzers is currently married to David A Snider. Ilana married Snider in June 2015 at Blue Hill (Stone Barns), Terrytown, New York.
She had her honeymoon in Bali and Maldives.
With Snider, she shares a son, Ruben Daniel, born, August 2016. The couple was last spotted together in July 2015 at Taylor Swift’s 1989 world tour. The pair are believed to be splitting their time between Miami, Florida, and New York City, New York.
Ilana Was Previously Married To Ex-Husband Joseph
Before Snider, Michelle Blitzer was married to Joseph Orrin Gendelman. They had had their wedding in November 2008. Gendelman is the son of Lori and Bruce Gendelman of Palm Beach. The nuptials took place at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington. Ilana was 27 at the time and was working as the beauty editor of Family Circle in New York.
It is believed she developed a relationship with Bruce during her college as her would-be first husband was also a student of Emory University. New York times, however, reports the duo had never met while studying at the same university.
The former husband and wife had known each other since 2004, first through a family dinner. The two initially started knowing each other through text. The story also tells Ilana often used to get nervous around Joseph during their early dates. At one point, she even lost her consciousness upon seeing him.
In fact, her first husband proposed to her in the exact spot where she once fainted. The marriage eventually ran its course and the couple allegedly split in the early 2010s.
What Is Ilana Blitzer Doing Presently?
Blitzer’s daughter used to be the editor and a beauty director at Health and All You magazine.
She was last spotted celebrating New Year’s day on January 1, 2020. Mrs. Snider enjoyed the day with her friends and parents. As of recent, she’s been significantly dormant with her social media accounts; there’s been hardly any post of her since November 25, 2015.
Speculations suggest she is also no longer an employee at the Health Magazine or All You. In fact, it has been quite a while that the former publishing company dissolved.