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Fredricka Whitfield in 2015
|Born||May 31, 1965|
|Education||Howard University (1987) (B.A.)|
|Spouse(s)||John Glenn (m. 1999)|
Early Life & Education
Whitfield is the daughter of African-American athlete and Olympian Mal Whitfield. 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 WHUR.
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.
Since joining CNN in 2002, Whitfield has covered several 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.
Whitfield has been married to John Glenn, the director of photography at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, since 1999. She gave birth to a son in January 2005, and to fraternal twins, daughter Nola and son Gilbert, in November 2012.
On June 13, 2015, Whitfield described the gunman who attacked police in Dallas, Texas, as "courageous and brave" on air, when she thought he might be part of a coordinated terrorist attack. The next day she claimed she misspoke, but no formal apology for the statement was made. The following day, she issued a formal on-air apology, saying she terribly misused those words and was sincerely sorry.
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- Feldman, Josh (June 13, 2015). "CNN Anchor Refers to Dallas Gunman's Actions as 'Courageous and Brave'". mediaite.com.
- "CNN's Fredricka Whitfield Makes On-Air Apology for Her 'Offensive' Dallas Remarks". mediaite.com. June 15, 2015.