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Sade Baderinwa is known as an American news anchor at New York's W. She is most famous for her work on Eyewitness News at ABC Channel 7 in New York.
Folasade Olayinka Baderinwa was born on April 14, 1969, in Baltimore Maryland. Her mother is a German citizen, while her father is of Nigerian descent. Sade’s birth name Folasade is an uncommon name holding a strong symbolistic meaning “honor earns a crown”. Her parents ended their marriage when she was still very young. This led to her adoption by Edie House and a middle-class African American family where they raised her until she was in her twenties. Despite being adopted, she still visited with her biological father and family.
Folasade studied at the University of Maryland College Park in pursuit of a business career but she was fated to become a journalist instead. At an early age, she was able to clearly express her views and convince people of them.
Folasade is known for having a scandal with her boyfriend Martin J.O Malley, who was both the Mayor of Baltimore City as well as a married man. Folasade became pregnant through their affair and soon the news of her pregnancy spread like wildfire all over the internet.
After the leak, Martin's wife, Catherine, learning of this betrayal. started making death threats to Folasade. This made Folasade regret the affair and move to New York but she was still unable to escape Catherine's long-reaching grasp. Catherine plotted an incident where Folasade was injured in a car accident. From the accident, she suffered from broken ribs, a broken arm, bruises, and several complications from a concussion including double vision, and nausea.
Recalling the car accident in 2004, Folasade claims she was sitting at a red light at Columbus Circle when they were rear-ended. Within only a few days after the accident, she found herself unable to get out of bed with a headache that left her overwhelmed with pain, this continued to grow more and more intense to the point where the pain prevented her from many of her daily acts of living, including sleeping. Despite following the directions of every doctor, she was not improving, in a constant haze, dizzy and nauseous she began forgetting things and she became afraid that there was something terribly wrong with her.
Folasade has been actively pursuing her journalist career since the year 2000. Initially, she started as a production assistant for World News Tonight, Nightline, and This Week with David Brinkley. She then began working as a trainee reporter for WUSA-TV in Washington D.C.
Folasade became a reporter for WSLS located in Roanoke, Virginia. She then changed jobs to WBAL-TV in Baltimore. She was the anchor for the morning as well as the noon newscasts. She anchored community affairs show that appeared weekly on WBAL-TV. Beginning her career with WABC allowed her to work from her hometown of Baltimore, and she anchored WBAL-TV for three years, replacing Roz Adams on channel 7 who had left WBAL-TV in 2003. Her time with WBAL-TV was not only the true beginning of her career as a newscaster but also her commitment to the community around her.
In 2004, when Folasade began working for Eyewitness News, she was hit by a car during her report of a local flood in Hackensack, New Jersey where she was forced to undergo multiple surgeries. It was not until December 13, 2004, where she was able to return to work again on Eyewitness News.
Having appeared on various shows while working on WABC, Folasade was co-anchor alongside Diana Williams on the 5 o'clock news where she co-anchored mid-day broadcasts. On October 27, 2006, she appeared as a guest co-anchor for The View. Originally a substitute for Liz Cho, she became co-host of the 11 pm news with Bill Ritter. She won an Emmy Award for her reporting.
Folasade believes in humanitarian efforts and giving back to the community. A supporter of multiple organizations, she likes to be an active social worker. Having contributed to many social organizations, she created her own organization named, ‘Get Reel With Your Dreams: The Inside Track’. The program had high profile personalities in the film and television industry interacting with high school students in New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York. She collaborated with The Walt Disney Company, Lincoln Centre Institute, WABC-TV, and New York Women in Film and Television for this initiative.
Folasade believes in contributing back to society as much as she can as an individual. Taking it upon herself, she has done various social activities by linking with organizations that operate in the Tri-State area, with students and leaders of the community. Becoming a supporter of hit and run victims, after she was struck by a hit and run driver, while she was reporting on a story for her show ‘Eyewitness News’ opened her eyes to the multitude of such victims. She was honored with the Representative Award for Traffic Safety by the New Jersey Governor in appreciation of her efforts to deal with the hit and run accidents that were increasing alarmingly.
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