Fredricka Whitfield Biography and Wiki
Fredricka Whitfield is an American based journalist who currently anchors the CNN Newsroom’s weekend edition in CNN international headquarters Atlanta.
Fredricka Whitfield Age
Born in 1965, Fredricka celebrates her birthday every 31st May of every year. She is 55 years old as of 2020.
Fredricka Whitfield Height and Weight
She is about 6.2 feet tall. She also weighs about 65kg.
Fredricka Whitfield Nationality
Whitfield is an American Citizen by birth of African-American descent.
Fredricka Whitfield Education Background
In 1983, Whitfield graduated from Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, Maryland.
After completing her O-levels, she joined Howard University school of communication. She later graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism in the year 1987.
Fredricka Whitfield Family and Siblings
Her mum was an American Middle-distance runner and she participated in the Olympics . However, her father, Mal Whitfield passed on in 2015.
She had two siblings; a brother called Malvin Lonnie Whitfield and a younger sister, Nyan Konishi. She also had a stepbrother, Ed Wright from her father’s previous relationship.
Fredricka Whitfield Spouse and Children
She has been married for 19 years to John Glenn, a senior management official in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The couple tied the knot in the year 1999. After six years in their marriage, they were blessed with a son in January 2005. Seven years later they welcomed fraternal twins, a daughter Nola and a son Gilbert.
Fredricka Whitfield Career
Fredricka is among the high profile journalists in CNN today. Here is her career timeline since she kicked started her journalism career:
Whitfield kick-started her career at a young age while still attending Howard University. She was a news host for WHUR radio station.
After graduating, she joined WPLG-TV based in Miami. She later joined News Channel 8 in Washington D.C. Due to her exemplary work, she was employed by KTVT-TV in Dallas and WTNH in New Haven.
Prior to joining NBC News, she worked at WCIV in Charleston, South Carolina. She joined NBC news in 1995. At NBC, she was a correspondent for about six years. She also worked as an afternoon anchor and assignment reporter.
Later on, Fredricka moved to CNN in 2002 and has settled there to date. At CNN, she has uncovered many stories. Some of the primary stories include:
- She was the first anchor to announce Ranald Reagan’s death.
- She also covered the Asian Tsunami disaster.
Fredricka Whitfield Awards
- In 2002 she earned the Howard University School of communication Alumna of the year.
- She received the George Peabody Award in 2005, which honored her coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
- In 2005 she was awarded Ebony Award for the best journalist woman in marketing and communication.
Fredricka Whitfield Rise of Fame
In 2014, Whitfield caught the publics’ attention when she hosted comedian Joan Rivers for an interview. However, the interview turned dramatic when Whitfield termed Joan Rivers as being mean-spirited. Reason being, the comedian wore a vintage fur, despite her using a leather shoe.
Rivers left the show immediately, which left many Americans talking and seeking to know whether Whitfield was qualified enough to work as a host for CNN International.
In her next show, Whitfield acknowledged that her show was among the USA’s top talked show during that period.
In 2015 Whitfield caught the public eye when she came on air to describe the gunman who attacked Dallas police as a courageous and brave man. The next day she had to come out and apologize to Americans for making such claims on air. In her defense, she stated that she had misused the words during that time of the broadcast.
Fredricka Whitfield Salary and Net Worth
She earns an average salary of about $95,000 per year. She also has an estimated net worth of about $3million.
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