Fredricka Whitfield weekend anchor and newsroom reporter for CNN who anchors the weekend versions of CNN Newsroom. She is the daughter of Olympian Mal Whitfield. Since joining CNN in 2002, Whitfield has reported many major stories, including the death of Ronald Reagan and the devastating Asian tsunami which occurred in December 2004. Whitfield also reported from the Persian Gulf region during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Whitfield was the first anchor to break the news of Reagan's death in 2004. Prior to joining CNN, Whitfield was a correspondent for NBC News and served as an Atlanta-based correspondent for NBC Nightly News and other programs for the network including The Today Show. While at NBC, Whitfield was a morning and afternoon anchor as well as an assignment reporter. Ms. Whitfield earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Howard University’s School of Communications in 1987. 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. Fredricka is married to John Glenn, journalist of the Atlanta Journal Constitution and has a son.