Sade Baderinwa

Folasade Olayinka Baderinwa (born April 14, 1969), known professionally as Sade Baderinwa (/ˈʃɑːd ˈbɑːdərɪnwɑː/ SHAH-day BAH-dər-in-wah), is an American broadcast journalist. Since 2003, she has been a news anchor at WABC-TV, the ABC flagship station in New York, and currently co-anchors the weekday 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts of Eyewitness News with Bill Ritter.

Sade Baderinwa
Folasade Olayinka Baderinwa

(1969-04-14) April 14, 1969 (age 52)
Alma materUniversity of Maryland, College Park
OccupationTelevision news anchor, Television journalist
EmployerThe Walt Disney Company

Early life and educationEdit

Baderinwa was born to an African father and a German mother.[1] At age seven, her mother no longer took part in her life and her father returned to Africa, leaving her in the custody of a family friend.[1] She was subsequently adopted in Baltimore by WBAL-TV anchor Edie House, whose parents also provided additional support.[1][2] When Baderinwa was 12, her birth mother eventually took her in to live with her family in nearby Montgomery County.[1] She has since continued to maintain contact with her biological parents, as well as with her adoptive family.[1]

Baderinwa graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources with a degree in agricultural business and resource economics.[2]


Early careerEdit

Baderinwa began her career as a production assistant for ABC News' various programs, including This Week With David Brinkley, Nightline, World News Tonight, and News One.[3] She went on to become a reporter trainee at WUSA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C., before becoming a reporter at WSLS-TV, the NBC affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia.[3]

Baderinwa joined WBAL-TV, the NBC affiliate in Baltimore, in February 2000.[2] There, she anchored the morning and noon newscasts and also hosted a weekly community affairs show.[3]

2003–present: WABC-TVEdit

In 2003, Baderinwa joined WABC-TV as a reporter and anchor for the station's noon newscast[3] before joining Diana Williams as co-anchor of the 5 p.m. newscast.[4]

On the evening of July 23, 2004, while preparing a report on location outside of 257 Hudson Street in Hackensack, New Jersey about local flooding, she was struck by a hit and run driver who went through police lines, and was rendered unconscious following the collision.[5][6] After undergoing multiple surgeries and months of physical therapy,[7][8] Baderinwa returned on-air on December 13, 2004,[citation needed] but continued receiving physical therapy five times a week following her return.[9] The driver in the collision was never caught.[7]

On October 27, 2006, Baderinwa appeared on The View as a guest co-host.[citation needed]

In May 2011, Baderinwa became co-anchor of the 11 p.m. newscast with Bill Ritter, replacing Liz Cho, who vacated the slot to anchor the station's new 4 p.m newscast, which debuted after the end of The Oprah Winfrey Show.[10]

She has also been a regular moderator at the United Nations' celebration of International Women's Day.[11][12][13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e Shapiro, Stephanie (May 12, 2002). "Anchor In Her Life". The Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on January 30, 2019. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Shapiro, Stephanie (August 31, 2000). "On air, clothes speak, softly". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d "Sade Baderinwa". WABC-TV. Archived from the original on February 26, 2019. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  4. ^ "Eyewitness News anchor Diana Williams announces her retirement". WABC-TV. May 30, 2019. Archived from the original on August 20, 2020. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  5. ^ "Eyewitness News Team Member Recovering After Being Struck by Hit and Run Driver". WABC-TV. July 26, 2004. Archived from the original on January 7, 2005. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  6. ^ Charlesworth, Michelle (August 6, 2004). "Sade Baderinwa Update: Cops Hunt Driver, $5,000 Reward Offered". WABC-TV. Archived from the original on November 29, 2004. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  7. ^ a b "WBAL-TV: Sade Baderinwa talks about accident that nearly killed her". WBAL-TV. February 24, 2005. Archived from the original on November 27, 2006. Retrieved December 3, 2006.
  8. ^ Huff, Richard (December 17, 2004). "Ch. 7 anchor's road to recovery". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on December 27, 2005. Retrieved December 3, 2006.
  9. ^ "TV Anchor Helping Hit-and-Run Victims". ABC News. January 6, 2006. Archived from the original on November 13, 2016. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  10. ^ Huff, Richard (April 22, 2011). "Inner Tube: Liz Cho, David Novarro to anchor 'Eyewitness News First at 4,' taking 'Oprah' timeslot". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved April 24, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "International Women's Day 2018 – Observance at UN headquarters". UN Women. Archived from the original on March 11, 2020. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  12. ^ "United Nations celebrates International Women's Day". WABC-TV. March 8, 2019. Archived from the original on August 20, 2020. Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  13. ^ "Sade Baderinwa moderates United Nation's celebration of International Women's Day". Eyewitness News ABC 7. March 6, 2020. Archived from the original on March 28, 2020. Retrieved August 19, 2020.

External linksEdit