Fredricka Whitfield

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Fredricka Whitfield
Born Fredricka F. Whitfield
(1965-05-31) May 31, 1965 (age 50)
Education Howard University (1987)
Occupation News anchor
Spouse(s) John Glenn

Fredricka Whitfield (born May 31, 1965) is a news anchor for CNN. She hosts the weekend daytime edition of CNN Newsroom. She is the daughter of Olympian Mal Whitfield[1] and has a younger half-brother named Edward Whitfield Wright.[2]


Whitfield attended Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, Maryland, graduating in 1983. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Howard University’s School of Communications in 1987. While attending Howard she served as a news anchor for campus radio station WHBC.


Prior to joining CNN, Whitfield was a correspondent for NBC News and served as an Atlanta-based correspondent for NBC Nightly News from 1995 to 2001. She worked for other news programs at NBC including The Today Show; she was a morning and afternoon anchor as well as an assignment reporter.

Before joining NBC, Whitfield worked 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.

Since joining CNN in 2002, Whitfield has reported many major stories. She was the first anchor to break the news of the death of Ronald Reagan. She has reported the devastating Asian tsunami which occurred in December 2004. Whitfield also reported from the Persian Gulf region during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Personal life[edit]

Whitfield is married to John Glenn who was formerly the Director of Photography at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She gave birth to a son in January 2005. She gave birth to fraternal twins in November 2012, daughter Nola Amanda Glenn and son Gilbert James Glenn.


  1. ^ "Navy SEALs in Afghanistan; Dance fever". CNN. July 6, 2005. Retrieved July 12, 2008. 
  2. ^ Crumpacker, John (May 10, 2007). "Cal's Wright has genes of an Olympic champion". 

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