Renee Chenault-Fattah is a rarity among her Philadelphia television colleagues: she is both an attorney and broadcast journalist. She co-anchors the NBC 10 News at 11 pm with Broadcast Pioneers member Tim Lake, Monday through Friday.
In March 1995, she began co-anchoring the 6 and 11 pm newscasts for WCAU (Channel 10). She joined the station in September 1991 after reporting and hosting a public affairs program for WXIA, the NBC station in Atlanta, Georgia.
Prior to working there, Chenault-Fattah was the science correspondent for the Fox Network program “Beyond Tomorrow” and a noon anchor and reporter for WTEN in Albany, New York. Chenault-Fattah started her broadcasting career in Central New Jersey as the Host and Field Producer for New Jersey Network’s (NJN) “Another View.” From 1982 to 1986, she practiced law in New York City and remains a member of the New York State Bar.
During her career as a journalist, Chenault-Fattah covered politics, trials and tragedies. Memorable stories include the O.J. Simpson trial, both 1992 and 1996 political conventions and the massacre in Littleton, Colorado, her hometown.
Chenault-Fattah is a member of various professional organizations that include The National Association of Black Journalist and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). For several years, Chenault-Fattah served as a board member of The Caribbean American Mission for Education Research and Action (CAMERA). She continues to serve on the board of trustees for the Philadelphia Art Museum.
Chenault-Fattah has received numerous awards for her civic and professional contributions. Being an active member of the community, Chenault-Fattah speaks at local schools, church congregations and civic organizations about journalism, law and ethics and the importance of education.
Chenault-Fattah was graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1979 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science. She earned her degree in law from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Arts in Journalism from the University of Missouri.
She lives in East Falls with her husband, United States Congressman Chaka Fattah, and their daughters Cameron and Chandler. On Friday, November 20, 2009, Renee Chenault-Fattah was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia's "Hall of Fame."
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