Fredricka Whitfield born on May 31, 1965 is an American journalist and news anchor known from the weekend edition of CNN Newsroom filmed inside CNN’s world headquarters in Atlanta. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Whitfield is the daughter of American middle-distance runner and Olympian Mal Whitfield, and mother Nola Whitfield.
Fredricka Whitfield Education Details
She attended Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, Maryland from where she graduated in 1983 and then went on to study at Howard University’s School of Communications where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987. While at Howard, she served as a news anchor for the campus radio station WHUR and in 2002 was selected as the Howard University School of Communications Alumna of the year.
Fredricka Whitfield Career Details
Her first job after graduation was at WCIV, a television station in Charleston, South Carolina where she served as a news correspondent and the morning anchor. After that she worked as a general assignment reporter at WTNH, a news station in New Haven, Connecticut and later as a reporter and anchor for WPLG-TV, an ABC-affiliated television station in Miami, Florida.
In the following years she moved to Washington where she landed a job at NewsChannel 8 through the ABC partnership and worked there until 1995 when she joined NBC News, the news division of the NBC Network, but during this time until her departure in 2001 she appeared on many other shows including The Today Show and Dateline NBC. In 2002 she joined CNN where she was the first news anchor to announce the death of former US president Ronald Reagan.
During her career at CNN she reported on a bunch of other worldwide events including the Persian Gulf region during the Iraq War, the Indian Ocean earthquake in 2004, the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and the 2009 inauguration of President Barrack Obama.
Fredricka Whitfield Net Worth And Salary Details
To this day Whitfield still works at CNN, where she currently anchors CNN’s weekend edition of CNN Newsroom where she earns an estimated annual salary of $500,000 adding up to her $5 million net worth.
Fredricka Whitfield Marriage Details
In 1999 Whitfield married John Glenn, the director of photography at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and their marriage has lasted for over 2 decades so far, while having 3 children over the years: a son in January 2005, and fraternal twins daughter Nola and son Gilbert in November 2012.
Now 55 years old with a height of 6’ 2” and a weight of approximately 132 lbs, Whitfield currently resides with her husband and their children in Atlanta, although it is unknown exactly where or what their home looks like.
Fredricka Whitfield Cars, Houses And Lifestyle
There is no concrete information on how the couple spends their accumulated wealth either or what cars they drive if they do at all, but Whitfield describes herself as a motivated individual with a love for fresh fruit and in an article on CNN she expanded on her love for horses and horse riding, stating that “Horses are healers. I didn’t know that when I fell in love with them.” She then went on reminiscing about how her big brother and sister would go out riding with friends, but since she was too young and inexperienced her siblings would never take her along, which motivated her to pick up horseback riding and stated that “From that point on, my brother and sister could never go to the stables without me.” Whitfield also mentioned how she loves telling her stories to inspire others to reach their highest potential, something she put emphasis on during her keynote addresses to students at the Georgia Tech College of Engineering and Howard University, mentioning that she loves to encourage students and in particular women, to pursue their academic goals and earn a better living. When asked about how that applies to her she responded by saying “For me, I always want to feel like I can be better, learn something new, and test myself” claiming that a true sense of accomplishment and happiness comes from targeting your goals and reaching them in the end. Whitfield is also an active Twitter user mostly sharing political stories, but every once in a while interacting with fans, as well as sharing articles and starting discussions about other topics such as music, as she is apparently a big fan of jazz and live music in general.