Frederik Pleitgen Biography
Frederik Pleitgen is a German journalist, acting as a senior international correspondent and anchor, based in CNN’s London bureau. Before joining CNN in 2006, Pleitgen had worked for ZDF, RTL, and n-tv.
Frederik Pleitgen Age
Pleitgen was Born in 1976, in Cologne, Germany. He is 46 years old. He is a German national.
Frederik Pleitgen Height
He stands at 5 feet 8 inches tall (1.7 meters).
Frederik Pleitgen Family
Pleitgen is a resident of Berlin who hails from a German family. Fritz Pleitgen and Gerda Lichtenberg his parents. Interestingly, his father, Fritz Pleitgen, is a German journalist and former director of the public West German Broadcasting Corporation. He also worked for WDR for several years. Pleitgen’s parents were married in 1969. Also, Frederik has three siblings.
Frederik Pleitgen Wife
Pleitgen is married to his wife, Justyna Pleitgen.
Frederik Pleitgen Children
Frederik Pleitgen is a proud father of 2 children, a son, and a daughter.
Frederik Pleitgen Education
Reportedly, Pleitgen studied North American Studies when he was matriculated at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University. At Free University Berlin, his master’s thesis was on traditions in American journalism. He spent one year at the School of Journalism at New York University, receiving a fellowship for the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in San Fernando Valley/USA in 2004. He went on to receive the 2005 Arthur F. Burns Fellowship, which Pleitgen spent at the International Centre for Journalists in Atlanta, Georgia.
Frederik Pleitgen CNN
Frederik Pleitgen is a journalist, acting as a senior international correspondent and anchor, based in CNN’s London bureau. Previous to this position, Pleitigen worked in the political unit at the German public service broadcaster ZDF. He previously worked at a private news broadcaster N-TV.
Since he launched his career at the news network, Pleitgen has brought a remarkable German perspective to CNN’s international viewers. He acted as CNN’s Berlin correspondent between 2006 and 2014. In this role, he provided insight into the political, economic, as well as cultural influences of this pivotal European power.
During the German Bundestags-Elections in 2009 and 2013, Pleitgen was key in the network’s coverage. He covered the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 2014, expressing his own family’s experience of the event to support his coverage.
Additionally, Pleitgen has done a comprehensive coverage of the ongoing battle in Syria, traveling to Aleppo, Homs, and Damascus among other areas in the war town country. In Damascus, he was the first international journalist to report there only days following chemical weapons that struck rebel-held areas in 2013 almost setting off the U.S military intervention. He was again on hand in Aleppo when the town retreated into the hands of Syrian government forces in the fall of 2016.
In 2011, Pletigen was a key reporter at the time of the turmoil in the Arab world. He brought live coverage from Egypt as the revolution finally overthrew the Mubarak administration unfolded, creating a section of the crew that received an Emmy because of its live coverage of demonstrations in Cairo. He was also one of the first journalists to gain access inside the Libyan besieged city of Misrata.
Pleitegen traveled secretly to Myanmar, which was led by a repressive Junta at that particular time. From time to time, he covered the faulty elections and liberation of the pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi in 2010 as well as the aftermath of cyclone Nargis in 2008.
In addition, he regularly anchors CNN International’s flagship Amanpour show. He fills in for Christiane Amanpour and interviews different world leaders and other international newsmakers.
The main stories that Pleitgen has reported throughout the years have included Cardinal Ratzinger, and now Pope Benedict XVI, the death of Pope John Paul II and the ensuing election of the first German Pope, and also the Asian Tsunami in 2004.
Pleitgen, who is eloquent in German, English and French, was reporting live in London during the July 2005 terrorist attacks. They subsequently dispatched him to deliver German audiences coverage of the tragic aftermath of both Hurricane Katrina and Wilma in the United States.
Frederik Pleitgen Career
Previous to his assignment at CNN, Pleitgen held a position in the political unit at the German public service broadcaster ZDF. He was initially working at a private news broadcaster N-TV as their reporter and executive producer. Before that, he was working for both RTL and TV Berlin.
Frederik Pleitgen Accent and Languages
Pleitgen is he communicates fluently with a deep German accent. On the other hand, he is eloquent in English and French languages.
Frederik Pleitgen Salary
Pleitgen earns an annual salary ranging between $40,000 – $110,500.
Frederik Pleitgen Net Worth
Frederik Pleitgen has an estimated net worth of between $1 Million – $5 Million.