Fredricka Whitfield Biography
Fredricka Whitfield is an American journalist who currently works as the weekend edition News Anchor for CNN Newsroom based in Atlanta, Georgia. Moreover, she is a former NBC News correspondent where she worked for almost six years from 1995 to 2001.
Since joining the CNN family, Fredricka has been an invaluable asset, consistently delivering exceptional coverage of groundbreaking stories from the field. Her dedication to journalism has allowed her to witness and report on significant events that have shaped our world.
One of her notable achievements was providing comprehensive coverage of the passing of US President Ronald Reagan. Through her reporting, she conveyed the nation’s mourning and captured the legacy of a transformative leader. Additionally, she fearlessly reported on the devastating Asian tsunami that struck in December 2004, shedding light on the widespread destruction and the efforts to aid affected communities.
Fredricka’s commitment to delivering insightful news also led her to the Persian Gulf region during Operation Iraqi Freedom. With her in-depth reporting, she brought viewers closer to the realities of the conflict and provided a nuanced understanding of the region’s complex dynamics.
Before her tenure at CNN, Fredricka made significant contributions as a correspondent for NBC News from 1995 to 2001. During this time, she showcased her versatility by serving as a morning and afternoon anchor, as well as an assignment reporter. Her ability to cover a diverse range of stories with poise and accuracy earned her well-deserved recognition.
Fredricka’s journey in journalism began with positions at esteemed news stations across the country. She gained valuable experience at WPLG-TV in Miami, News Channel 8 in Washington, D.C., KTVT-TV in Dallas, WTNH in New Haven, Connecticut, and WCIV in Charleston, South Carolina. Each of these opportunities allowed her to hone her skills and develop a deep understanding of the industry.
Fredricka Whitfield Age
Fredricka Whitfield is 57 years old as of 2022. She was born on May 31, 1965, in Nairobi, Kenya. Whitfield celebrates her birthday on May 31st every year with friends and family.
Fredricka Whitfield Height
Whitfield stands at an average height and moderate weight. She appears to be quite tall in stature if her photos, relative to her surroundings, are anything to go by.
Fredricka Whitfield Parents
Whitfield was born in Nairobi, Kenya, but spent the rest of her childhood in the United States. She is a proud daughter of a former middle-distance runner and Olympian Mal Whitfield(father) and Nola Whitfield (mother).
The daughter of “Marvelous Mal” is the sister of Nyna Konishi, Lonnie Whitfield, and accomplished high jumper, Ed Wright. Fredricka’s father is the founder of the Mal Whitfield Foundation. The foundation has distributed 5,000 athletic scholarships.
Digging to her academic records, Mrs, Whitfield is a proud 1983 graduate of Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, Maryland. Furthermore, she has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Howard University’s School of Communications in 1987.
During her days at Howard, she used to be the campus news anchor for WHUR. She left a quite remarkable legacy as the Alumna of the Year in 2002.
Fredricka Whitfield Husband | Children
Fredricka Whitfield is happily married to her devoted husband John Glenn, currently working at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as the director of photography.
The couple tied the knot in 1990. Together they have three children; the firstborn son who was in January 2005, and fraternal twins, daughter Nola, and son Gilbert, born in November 2012.