- Full Name Nikki Battiste
- Occupation Journalist, News Correspondent, Host
- Nationality American
- Birthplace Pennsylvania, USA
- Birth Date 11 January (Exact birthdate undisclosed)
- Zodiac Sign Capricorn
- Mother Judy Battiste
- Father Nick Battiste
- Brother Brandon Battiste
- University University of Pennsylvania
- Education B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics
Nikki Battiste | BiographyFormer New York-based award-winning ABC News producer and reporter
During Battiste's time at ABC, she traveled the world for ABC News broadcast platforms such as 'World News Tonight,' 'Good Morning America,' and 'Nightline,' covering breaking news and feature stories. She also covered the Amanda Knox case from Perugia, Italy, and the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 search from Perth, Australia. In addition, she discussed the school shootings in Newtown and Virginia Tech, the Charleston church shooting, the San Bernardino attack, the Orlando nightclub massacre, and the Brussels bombings.
Nikki Battiste is a journalist currently working as a correspondent for CBS News.
Who is Nikki Battiste?
Nikki Battiste is an American journalist born on 11 January. However, her birth year is yet to be disclosed. She grew up with a younger brother, and her parents were Nick and Judy Battiste.
She earned a B.A. in politics, philosophy, and economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Battiste was also a member of the Division I Field Hockey team and served as co-captain at the University.
Battiste began her journalism career at NBC in 2002. She served there for over three years before departing in 2005 as an editorial producer for ABC News.
Battiste worked for ABC News for more than ten years, after which she joined CBS News in 2017. Since then, she has worked for the television network as a correspondent.
Starting as Producer at ABC News
Battiste was a New York-based award-winning ABC News producer and reporter. She first joined ABC News in 2007 as an editorial producer for the show 20/20 and Primetime. She worked in the post for over four years until 2011, when she began serving as a producer.
Battiste worked as a producer for ABC News for two years and was eventually promoted to producer & reporter in 2013.
During Battiste's time in media production, she traveled the world for ABC News broadcast platforms such as World News Tonight, Good Morning America, and Nightline, covering breaking news and feature stories.
She also covered the Amanda Knox case from Perugia, Italy, and the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 search from Perth, Australia. In addition, she discussed the school shootings in Newtown and Virginia Tech, the Charleston church shooting, the San Bernardino attack, the Orlando nightclub massacre, and the Brussels bombings.
Moreover, she spoke about the 2016 Presidential Election, Pope Francis' visit to the United States, the Ebola crisis, and Hurricane Sandy.
In 2017, Battiste left ABC News after working in several posts for over ten years.
Moving to Correspondent for CBS News
Battiste began working for CBS News as a freelance correspondent for CBS' 24-hour newsgathering service, Newspath, in 2017.
She was later promoted to a correspondent in 2018, the post she currently works in, after serving as a freelance correspondent for more than one year.
She is based in New York and has covered all CBS News broadcasts and platforms, including CBS This Morning, CBS Evening News, CBS Sunday Morning, and CBSN, a streaming service.
Battiste's breakthrough study into the 2018 Catholic Church sexual abuse crisis was widely praised. Her initial reporting resulted in two clerical abuse survivors sitting down face-to-face with the priest they claim assaulted them as youngsters in a television first.
Battiste and her team also revealed that a priest in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston had been accused of sexual abuse. The priest was removed from ministry after Battiste questioned Cardinal Daniel DiNardo about the allegations against him.
Moreover, she has published the news of nuns sexually abusing children, leading to the disclosure of over 40 additional victims. In February 2019, Battiste traveled to Rome to cover Pope Francis' Vatican summit on the crisis of clergy abuse.
Battiste got married to her husband, Dean Simpson, in September 2016 at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York. They have one son together.
They exchanged their personalized wedding vows, and as the ceremony ended, a rainbow appeared in the sky. The pair's wedding was kept simple and intimate. The celebrations included a horse and traditions and food from their different cultures.
The newlyweds spent their honeymoon on Italy's Amalfi Coast, where they had a romantic retreat.
The couple first met in New York City's Standard Hotel Biergarten in May 2012. However, the two were supposed to meet six months prior, when a mutual friend recommended Battiste to meet up with him, but she decided not to go.
In September of 2021, she celebrated her five-year anniversary with Simpson. On her Instagram, she posted a picture with him alongside the caption, "It's been five years since this gem of a human @drs6 officially became my husband, and what a joy-filled journey it's been. I love this man even more after being on lockdown with him. We are so grateful to our wonderful family and friends who (totally) surprised us to celebrate this weekend! And… Beau loves a party #anniversary"
Battiste was born and raised in Pennsylvania, however, after the wedding she resides in New York with her husband.