Whitney Drolen

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Whitney is the traffic anchor for CBS 11 News This Morning, weekdays from 4:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. She joined CBS 11 in July 2012 from CBS-owned stations KCBS and KCAL in Los Angeles, where she reported on crazy Southern California traffic.

A native of Chicago, Whitney was raised in Ventura, California, and as a young woman had her heart set on attending Chapman University in Orange, California. However, tuition costs were prohibitive for her family, so a motivated Whitney devised a plan. She decided that she would become a contestant on “Hollywood Squares” and win the money to pay her college expenses! She called three times a day, every day, for weeks, and eventually got an audition. Not only did she get on the show, but she won $16,000 and received her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Chapman University in Orange, California in just three and a half years!

Whitney began her career as a morning show anchor/reporter at WVVA-TV in Bluefield, West Virginia and went on to work as a weekend anchor/reporter at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh. She relocated to Southern California in 2006, where she worked for E! Entertainment Television, Fox Movie Channel and Comcast before joining KCBS/KCAL.

In her spare time, Whitney enjoys hiking, reading non-fiction, and attending sporting events and concerts. She loves to travel, and has seen Dave Matthews Band in concert at least 25 times!

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Duncanville Firefighters Wake Up With Whitney

CBS 11 News traffic expert Whitney Drolen has been visiting local first responders, and this week she traveled to Duncanville to spend the morning with the city’s fire department.


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Love Field Firefighters Wake Up With Whitney

Every Wednesday in December, CBS 11 News traffic expert Whitney Drolen is hitting the road to thank North Texas first responders. This week, she visited the firefighters at Dallas Love Field.


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Grapevine Firefighters Wake Up With Whitney

CBS 11 News traffic expert Whitney Drolen is hitting the road herself to thank North Texas first responders for their service. She stopped by the Grapevine Fire Department on Wednesday morning.


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Irving First Responders Wake Up With Whitney

CBS 11 News traffic expert Whitney Drolen visited the Irving Fire Department on Wednesday, to chat with first responders who get their mornings Rollin’ With Drolen.


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Black Friday Shopping Tips For Moms

The countdown to Black Friday is on, but there is an art to scoring the best deals. Shopping expert Stephanie Johnson offers up a Black Friday game plan for mothers.


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TMS Hosting Autism Awareness Walk

Jesse Clark with Autism Speaks talks about an event coming to the Texas Motor Speedway that’s designed to raise awareness about autism and connect parents with vital resources.


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Texans With Character: Royalyn Reid

Royalyn Reid’s project is not only aimed at teaching students how to give back, but it is also brightening the day for our troops serving abroad.


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Texans With Character: Lonnie Pollock

An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from arthritis, and many of those are actually children. A local businessman is raising awareness about this condition in young people.


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Texans With Character: Steven Glasscock

A man from Forney is being called a hero after his quick thinking saved someone’s life. Steven Glasscock saw a car careen out of control and crash into an embankment, and he ran to help the driver.


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Texans With Character: Brian Schultz

DFW businessman Brian Schultz, CEO of Studio Movie Grill, offers a meaningful business approach that not only benefits his employees, but also serves a wonderful piece of outreach to the community.


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Texans With Character: Stephanie Henry

A McKinney woman has overcome decades of abuse, breaking the cycle of violence. Now, she is using that experience to help others through the power of words.


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Road Closure In Bedford For Bridge Demolition

There will be a major road closure along State Highway 121 in Bedford this weekend in order for construction crews to demolish a bridge.