Fredricka Whitfield is an anchor for CNN/U.S. She is based in the network's world headquarters in Atlanta. Whitfield anchors the weekend edition of CNN Newsroom.
Fredricka Whitfield is an anchor for CNN/U.S. She is based in the network's world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Whitfield anchors the weekend edition of CNN Newsroom.
Since joining CNN in 2002, she has reported from all over the world including the Persian Gulf region during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Beijing during the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, Washington, D.C. during the 2009 presidential inauguration, London at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and in 2015 Selma, AL for the 50th Anniversary of "Bloody Sunday."
Prior to CNN, Whitfield was a correspondent for NBC News and served as an Atlanta-based correspondent for NBC Nightly News, The Today Show and Dateline NBC. She covered stories such as the highly contested 2000 presidential race and the resulting ballot recount as well as the 1996 Olympics, the Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta and the manhunt for bomber Eric Rudolph. Whitfield also reported on the 1999 refugee crisis in Macedonia during the Kosovo War.
Before her time at NBC, Whitfield was a reporter and anchor at WPLG-TV in Miami, an evening anchor for News Channel 8 in Washington, D.C., and a general assignment reporter at KTVT-TV in Dallas as well as at WTNH in New Haven, Conn. She began her professional career as a reporter and morning anchor for WCIV in Charleston, S.C.
In her nearly three decades long career, Whitfield has garnered multiple awards and honors for her broadcasting. In 2000 she earned an Emmy award nomination for long form storytelling. Her other notable awards include the 2002 Howard University School of Communications Alumna of the year, 2004 Alfred I. DuPont Award winning team for CNN's coverage of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia, 2005 George Peabody award for the network's live coverage of Hurricane Katrina and aftermath, 2005 Ebony award for Outstanding Women in Marketing and Communications, 2007 Emmy award for outstanding live coverage of a breaking news story long form, 2008 NAMD Communicator of the year, 2008 Howard University postgraduate achievement in the field of Journalism, and 2009 NYABJ long form feature. Whitfield was also a part of the network's Peabody Award winning coverage of the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill and the 2011 Arab Spring. In 2017 Whitfield was nominated for a NAACP Image Award as Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information Series.
Whitfield earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Howard University.