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!
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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