Frederik Pleitgen Bio, Wiki, Age, Height, Family, Wife, CNN, Salary, and Net Worth

Frederik Pleitgen is a German News Anchor/Reporter and Correspondent working for CNN in Atlanta, Georgia. He joined CNN in the year 2006.

Frederik Pleitgen Profile

Frederik Pleitgen is a German News Anchor/Reporter and Correspondent working for CNN in Atlanta, Georgia. He joined the network in the year 2006.

Frederik Pleitgen Education

Pleitgen is a proud graduate of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in North American Studies. Also, he is an alumnus of Free University Berlin where he earned a Master’s degree. There he submitted his master’s thesis on traditions in American Journalism. Pleitgen has also studied at New York University’s School of Journalism for a year. There he obtained a fellowship for the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in San Fernando Valley/USA. Pleitgen has a deep accent and fluently speaks German. He is also fluent in French and English.

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Frederik Pleitgen Career

Pleitgen serves at CNN as a London bureau-based Senior International Correspondent. He also often serves as an anchor for CNN International’s flagship Amanpour show, where he stands in for Christiane Amanpour and interviews different world leaders as well as other international newsmakers. Over the years with CNN, he has brought a uniquely German perspective to the network’s global audience. From 2006 to 2014, he served as the network’s Berlin correspondent where he delivered insight into the economic, political, and cultural influences of this key European power.

In the years 2013 and 2009, Pleitgen played an integral role in the network’s coverage of the German Bundestag Elections. In 2014, Pleitgen covered the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, where he brought his own family’s experience of the event to bear his coverage.

Pleitgen has provided extensive coverage of the Syrian conflict, where he traveled to Aleppo, Damascus, and Homs, as well as numerous other places in the war town nation. He was the 1st international reporter to provide coverage from Damascus, a couple of days after chemical weapons struck rebel-held areas in 2013, almost setting off the United States military intervention. In late 2016, he was on hand in Aleppo city when it fell back into the hands of Syrian government forces.

Pleitgen was instrumental in the unrest in the Arab world in the year 2011 when he provided live coverage from Egypt. At the time, the revolution that ultimately toppled the government of Mubarak unfolded and formed part of the team that earned an Emmy Award for its live reporting on the Cairo protests. Pleitgen was among the 1st reporters to get inside Misrata, Libya.

Quick Facts About Pleitgen

Age46 years old as of 2022
SpouseNot Available
Net Worth$1 Million – $5 Million

He traveled to Myanmar, Asia a couple of times on an undercover mission, for which at the time, Myanmar was ruled by a repressive Junta. There he covered the flawed elections and the release of Aung San Suu Kyi (the pro-democracy activist) in the year 2010, and the aftermath of cyclone Nargis in the year 2008.

The significant (major) stories that he has covered since joining CNN include Pope John Paul II’s death; the Asian Tsunami in the year 2004; and the election of Cardinal Ratzinger (the 1st German pope) and Pope Benedict XVI. Pleitgen covered the July 2005 terrorist attacks from London and was responsible for bringing German audiences coverage of the devastating aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma in the United States.

Before Pleitgen joined CNN, he worked at German public service broadcaster ZDF where he served in the political unit. Before that, he worked as an executive producer and reporter at private news broadcaster N-TV. He has also worked for RTL and TV Berlin.

Frederik Pleitgen Age

Pleitgen is 46 years old as of 2022. He was born in the year 1976 in Cologne, Germany. His exact date and month of birth are unknown at the moment so it is difficult to know when he celebrates his birthday.

Frederik Pleitgen Height

Pleitgen stands at a height of approximately 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m).

Frederik Pleitgen Family

Pleitgen was born to his loving parents, Gerda Lichtenberg (mother) and Fritz Pleitgen (father). Pleitgen was raised alongside his 3 siblings; 2 brothers Benjamin and Christoph, and a sister Vanessa.

Frederik Pleitgen Wife

Pleitgen is married to his lovely spouse, whose names are currently under review. There is no information regarding the couple’s engagement and wedding. The couple takes great pride in being mom and dad to their 2 children; a son and a daughter. The names of the kids are currently under review.

Frederik Pleitgen Salary

Being one of the top journalists for CNN, he earns an annual salary ranging from $ 20,000 – $ 100,000.

Frederik Pleitgen Net Worth

Pleitgen has an estimated net worth of between $1 Million – $5 Million which he has earned through his successful career as a News Anchor/Reporter and Correspondent.

Frederik Pleitgen Cancer / Health

In June 2020, Pleitgen was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer (tumor) and underwent surgery in Heidelberg, Germany. In an interview, Pleitgen said that he was confident because the tumor was discovered at an early stage and therefore was operable. Since March 2011, he has been serving as the President of the German Cancer Aid.

Frederik Pleitgen CNN

At CNN Pleitgen works alongside;

  1. Phil Mattingly
  2. Suzanne Malveaux
  3. Patrick Oppmann
  4. Ryan Nobles
  5. Paula Newton
  6. Chad Myers
  7. Jeanne Moos
  8. David McKenzie
  9. Oren Liebermann
  10. Alex Marquardt
  11. Miguel Marquez
  12. Athena Jones
  13. Laura Jarrett
  14. Kristen Holmes
  15. Paula Hancocks
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