Frederik Pleitgen (age: 44) is a German journalist and correspondent for CNN International.
Frederik Pleitgen Family And Education Details
He is the son of German journalist and former director of West German Broadcasting Corporation, Fritz Pleitgen and Gerda Lichtenberg. He was born in Cologne, Germany in 1976. Pleitgen studied at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn where his discipline was North American Studies and he submitted his master’s thesis on traditions in American journalism at the Free University Berlin.
He had also spent a year at New York University attending the School of Journalism and was also the recipient of a fellowship for the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in San Fernando Valley/USA in the year 2004. He also received the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship in 2005 and had spent it at the International Centre for Journalists in Atlanta, Georgia.
Frederik Pleitgen Broadcasting Career
He started his career by working in the political unit at German public service broadcaster ZDF and had also previously worked at private news broadcaster N-TV as a reporter and executive producer. He also spent time working for RTL and TV Berlin. He covered the German Bundestags-Elections in 2002 and the Asian Tsunami in 2004.
He joined CNN in 2006 as the Berlin correspondent. He held this position for 8 years between 2006 to 2014, delivering insight into the political, economic and cultural influences of this key European power.
He was a major part of the CNN team responsible for the coverage of the German Bundestags-Elections in both 2009 and 2013. In 2014 he reported on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall while tapping into his own family’s experience of the event to bear in his coverage.
Pleitgen travelled undercover at great risk to Myanmar multiple times, which is ruled by a repressive Junta, to report on the aftermath of the devastating cyclone Nargis in 2008 and also the rigged elections and release of the pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi in 2010.
In 2011, at the height of the Jasmin revolution, Pleitgen was a key reporter during the unrest in the Arab world. His reporting from Egypt as the revolution that eventually toppled the Mubarak government unfolded resulted in his team winning an Emmy for its live coverage of the protests in Cairo, and he was also one of the first journalists to get access inside Misrata, the Libyan besieged city.
Fred has extensively covered the ongoing conflict in Syria, notably from the capital of Damascus. He became the first international journalist to report from the besieged city of Homs as rebel fighters embarked on a retreat in summer 2014.
His other notable works are the coverage from Paris in the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo shooting, reporting from London during the July 2005 terrorist attacks and also brought in to bring German audiences’ coverage the aftermath of tragic hurricane Wilma and Katrina in the U.S.
He became a Senior International Correspondent based in CNN’s London bureau in 2014.
Fred had interviewed Israeli minister Naftali Bennett and Palestinian leader Mustafa Barghouti around the latest round of negotiations for a two-state solution on the CNN’s flagship Amanpour show, standing in for Christiane Amanpour.
Other Work Done By Frederik Pleitgen
His other works include Legal View with Ashley Banfield and Fareed Zakaria GPS, both of the TV series.
He also starred as a CNN reporter in the 2012 movie Schutzengel and 2015 movie The Martian.
Frederik Pleitgen Social Media Presence
He is active on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. He has more than 1.4K followers on Facebook, more than 10K followers in Instagram and more than 29.1K followers on Twitter.
Frederik Pleitgen Net Worth
Frederik Pleitgen has a rumoured net worth of $2 million.
Frederik Pleitgen Body Measurements
Height 165.1 cm
Weight 73 kg