Sade Baderinwa: TV Journalist and Actress of Excellence

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Folasade Olayinka Baderinwa is an actress, known for Head of State (2003), Jeopardy! (1984) and WABC Channel 7 News (1965).

She is a real-time TV journalist. She currently works for WABC-TV in New York CitY;  an anchor at the New York’s WABC Channel who draws crowds to her program mostly for her charm rather than the news. Breathtakingly beautiful, her very typical name means honor confers a crown.

Born April 14, 1969 to a Nigerian father and a German mother, Sade was abandoned at a young age and adopted by a middle-class African American family.  Folasade completed her graduation from University of Maryland College and got associated with the WABC in the year 2003.

She was the anchor of the noon broadcasts before being promoted to 5 p.m. with Diana Williams. Sade appeared on The View as a guest co-host on October 27, 2006. In May, 2011, Baderinwa became co-anchor of the 11 p.m. news with Bill Ritter, replacing Liz Cho, who left that slot to anchor the new WABC 4 p.m. newscast, which debuted due to the departure of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

She was hit by a speeding vehicle on one of her assignments as a reporter in 2004 and the accident left her bed ridden for almost 4 months. After multiple surgeries and months of recovery and physical therapy, Sade returned to Eyewitness News on December 13, 2004.

Rumors however had it that the hit and run case where she got badly injured was an intended one rather than an accident due to her affair with Mr. Martin O’Malley, the mayor of Baltimore. Catherine, Mr. Riley’s wife on knowing about the affair took the route to damage and defame Sade. Soon enough, rumor started making rounds that she was carrying his child.

When the news reached Catherine, she made a conscious effort to terrorize Sade and in turn, even sent death threats to her. It was then that Sade decided to move to New York and even there she was not spared. Catherine made it a point to be present in her life by causing her all the possible disturbances to ruin her life. It was at this time that she was assigned to cover the flood hit area when the accident believed not truly an accident but caused by sources (Catherine) to finish her off occurred. The accident left her shattered with a broken rib, broken arm and bruises all over. Through all this turmoil, she faced it bravely and recovered, within a span of 4 months. However, the thought of that accident even today gives her shocks and the excruciating pain which she had to go through as she says in her words was a nightmare.

Under the challenging circumstances Sade refused to succumb to defeat or despair. A strong woman, she took courage, stood by herself and came out a winner. Investigations revealed that the driver of the vehicle was found guilty when the accident was reported, but the real truth of what happened never was allowed to come out from its cover.

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