Fredricka Whitfield, a CNN news anchor, will be the keynote speaker at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, in Cross-Phipps Auditorium in Caldwell Hall at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.


The event is one of several planned during April for Mass Communications Month at UAPB, presented by the Mass Communications Program.


Whitfield anchors the weekend edition of CNN Newsroom at the headquarters in Atlanta. Before joining CNN in 2002, Whitfield was a correspondent for NBC News and has worked as an Atlanta-based correspondent for NBC Nightly News, The Today Show and Dateline NBC.


After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Howard University, Whitfield became a reporter and morning anchor for WCIV in Charleston, S.C. She also worked as 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 and WTNH in New Haven, Conn.


Whitfield has won multiple honors, including the 2002 Howard University School of Communications Alumna of the Year award, the 2004 Alfred I. DuPont Award for CNN’s team coverage of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia, the 2005 George Peabody award for the CNN’s live coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, the 2005 Ebony award for Outstanding Women in Marketing and Communications, the 2007 Emmy award for outstanding live coverage of a breaking long form news story, the 2008 NAMD Communicator of the Year award, the 2008 Howard University postgraduate achievement in the field of journalism award, and the 2009 New York Association for Black Journalists award for long form feature writing.


She has been married for 16 years and is the mother of three children.