Former CNN International anchor Rick Folbaum has tested positive for the coronavirus, his employer CBS46 reports.
In the article, Folbaum said, “Wow, I am feeling so much better. This is Day 14 since I began feeling the symptoms and I would say the last couple of days have just been dramatic in terms of my improvement. Over the weekend I started to feel a little bit better and today, this is as good as I’ve felt since I got sick.”
Talking about when he was getting sick, he explained, “I literally put my head down and closed my eyes and fell fast asleep for a full half-hour until my producer had to wake me up to go anchor the six-o’clock news. So I ran out to the studio and during the 6pm news I realized something was going on and that I needed to go home as soon as possible which is exactly what I did.”
Folbaum left CNN in late 2019 to join CBS46.
CNN International weekend anchor Rick Folbaum, who has been freelancing with the network for almost a year, has left. Folbaum was anchoring for CNN from Atlanta at the CNN Center.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, he is joining CBS46 Atlanta as their lead anchor for the evening news, fronting the 4pm, 6pm and 11pm newscasts. He is filling the shoes of former cable news anchor Thomas Roberts, who just left the station.
“I am thrilled to be joining the great team of journalists at CBS46,” Folbaum said in a press release. “I can’t wait to get to work.”
Steve Doerr, the news director at CBS46, praised Folbaum’s “decades of network and large market anchoring experience. He’ll do a terrific job.”
Wasting no time, he begins next week.
Former Fox News reporter and anchor Rick Folbaum has joined CNN International based in Atlanta on a freelance basis.
It was reported in the Miami Herald that Folbaum’s TV agent was shopping him around to other markets in mid-May. He previously anchored the primetime newscasts for CBS4 from 2013 to 2018 before joining the Atlanta-based news network.
He made his on-air debut from the CNN Center today.