American journalist Fredricka Whitfield is a familiar face to cable television audiences around the world. She is best known for her moderating role in the weekend edition of the popular news program CNN Newsroom. Throughout her career, she has covered important news stories that have rocked our world from various locations around the world. She has also worked at CNN’s world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Before she carved out a niche for herself in this field, Whitfield was mainly associated with the famous American athlete Mal Whitfield, her father.
Fredricka Whitfield Bio, Age
Fredricka Whitfield was born on May 31, 1965, as a daughter of Nola and Malvin Whitfield. Details of her early life and upbringing are not currently public knowledge, but we do know that she attended Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, Maryland. After graduating high school in 1983, she completed her college education at Howard University in Washington, D.C. In 1987, she graduated from Howard University’s School of Communications with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Among other highlights of her college years, she worked as a news anchor for the campus radio station WHUR.
Whitfield worked for several other television stations before joining CNN in the early 2000s. Her first job after school was at WCIV, a television station in Charleston, South Carolina. There she worked as a news correspondent and morning anchor. Her next job was as a general-purpose reporter at WTNH, a news station in New Haven, Connecticut.
Later, Fredricka Whitfield worked as a reporter and anchor for WPLG-TV, an ABC affiliated television station in Miami, Florida. She then moved to Washington where she worked as an evening anchor for another ABC station, NewsChannel 8, now WJLA-TV. She also worked as a general affairs correspondent for KTVT-TV, a Dallas-based CBS-owned station.
Whitfield’s longest time before CNN, she was with NBC News, the news division of NBC Network. From 1995 to 2001, she worked as a reporter in Atlanta for NBC Nightly News, the flagship daily evening news show on NBC News. During this time she also held other roles, as a morning and afternoon anchor and as a contract correspondent. She has also worked on several other news programs, including The Today Show and Dateline NBC.
Fredricka Whitfield has had quite an eventful career since she joined CNN in 2002. She is said to have been the first female newscaster to announce the death of former US President Ronald Reagan. She reported from the Persian Gulf region during the Iraq war and also covered the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and the tsunami, also known as the Asian tsunami. This versatile newscaster reported equally from Beijing, China, during the 2008 Summer Olympics and from Washington, D.C. – during the historic inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009.
Fredicka Whitfield’s family life is as impressive as her professional life. She is in a long-standing marital relationship with John Glenn, her college-loved husband who has become her husband. Glenn is a photojournalist, media consultant, and event manager. He has served as editor/director of photography for several major newspapers, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) and USA Today.
He served as a photo manager for the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, and also trained other photojournalists in covering the 2008 Olympics. He is the director of J Glenn Photography, LLC. which he founded in June 2007.
Fredricka Whitfield has three children with her husband John Glenn. Their first child was born in January 2005, a son named John Glenn, Jr. In November 2012, the couple welcomed a set of fraternal twins, a daughter named Nola Amanda Glenn and a son named Gilbert James Glenn.
It is reported that Fredricka Whitfield has an astonishing net worth of $5 million with an estimated annual salary of $500,000. These enviable sums come as no surprise when you consider that she has put over three decades of hard work into building her career. Now, in her 50s, there is certainly no stopping this versatile journalist on her way to the top of her profession.