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Nikki Battiste Biography
Nikki Battiste is an American journalist. She is a CBS News correspondent based in New York. She has held this role since 2018. Nikki is an Emmy and Peabody-award winning journalist. Her reporting appears across all CBS News broadcasts and platforms, including “CBS This Morning,” the “CBS Evening News” and CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 live, streaming news service.
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Nikki and her husband Dean Simpson met in May of 2012 at the Standard Hotel’s Biergarten in New York City. “I was blown away by Nikki’s beautiful smile,” says Dean. “Then, as we talked, I loved how composed, elegant, and intriguing she was.”
“Before we even spoke, our eyes connected, and this gorgeous smile came across his handsome face,” Nikki remembers. “An hour later, I was already smitten with his charm, warmth, and sincerity – and his sexy British-Welsh accent!”
Ironically, the pair were supposed to have met six months before, when a mutual friend told Nikki she wanted her to meet “this great, handsome Welsh guy who lives in New York.” Nikki didn’t want to be set up, but it turns out that man was Dean. Clearly, fate had intervened.
It was two years later when Nikki, an equestrian, was getting ready to ride. “I was floating,” she describes. “When Dean and I met, I had not ridden much in years and missed it. Dean encouraged me to ride again, and I did. He just knows me – better than I know myself – and he knew riding would make me happy.” Unbeknownst to Nikki, Dean had been working with a custom jewelry designer, Lindsey Scoggins, to create a stunning oval engagement ring, which he presented to her during his proposal at the stables. Their engagement was followed by a surprise rooftop party with Nikki’s friends and family in New York.
“The thought Dean put into the day was so special,” Nikki adds. “I’m so lucky. He is the most positive, kind, and gentle human I’ve ever known – truly. He also happens to be gorgeous.”Nikki Battiste Images
The couple’s wedding took place at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York, where the ambiance was kept simple and intimate. A horse was incorporated into the celebrations, along with traditions and food from their various cultures. Reflecting on their private “first look,” Dean says, “I was shocked by how beautiful she looked, and I thought, ‘I’m the luckiest man alive.’”
When the ceremony began, Nikki walked with her father as he led a white horse for her. The couple exchanged personal vows, and a rainbow emerged just after the ceremony ended. Later, the Nikki entertained guests by riding the horse into the cocktail hour. The reception was kicked off with the couple performing a choreographed dance with a combination of rumba, salsa, and hip-hop moves. At the end of the night, Nikki’s matron of honor whispered to her, “I never pegged you as the girl who would have a fairytale wedding,” but that’s exactly how their story turned out.
For their honeymoon, the newlyweds traveled to Italy’s Amalfi Coast for a romantic getaway with unforgettable surroundings.
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Nikki is a CBS News correspondent based in New York, a role she has held since 2018. She is best known as an Emmy and Peabody-award winning journalist. Her reporting appears across all CBS News broadcasts and platforms, including “CBS This Morning,” the “CBS Evening News” and CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 live, streaming news service.Nikki Battiste Photo
Nikki groundbreaking investigations into the 2018 Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal received critical acclaim. In a television first, her original reporting led to two clergy abuse survivors sitting down face-to-face with the priest they say abused them as children. During a separate investigation with the CBS News investigative unit, Battiste and her team uncovered allegations of sexual abuse against a priest still in active ministry in the Galveston-Houston archdiocese, over which the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops President, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, presides. After Battiste questioned DiNardo about the allegations, the priest was removed from ministry. Two months after Battiste’s August 2018 exclusive interview with now former Washington, D.C. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, he resigned. She also broke the story of nuns sexually abusing children, which led to more than 40 more victims coming forward. Battiste traveled to Rome in February 2019 to cover Pope Francis’ Vatican summit addressing the clergy abuse crisis.
Since joining CBS News, she has covered the gun debate in America and was the first to report on armed teachers in classrooms, which sparked a national conversation. She has reported and written several stories for the “CBS News Evening News” series “Eye on America,” including a teachers strike in Sacramento and the debate over arming college students on campus. She also sat down with five sisters sexually abused by the same priest for an “Eye on America” report. Her feature pieces have included a look at groundbreaking brain research that could help with suicide and mental illness treatment, revolutionary food contamination technology and the wild horse crisis in the American West.
Battiste has also covered breaking news for the network, including Hurricane Michael, the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, the case of Colorado missing mother, Kelsey Berreth, and the New Zealand mosque shooting.
Battiste began her career at CBS News as a freelance correspondent in May 2017 for CBS Newspath, the Network’s 24-hour television newsgathering service for CBS stations and broadcasters around the world. She reported on the search for four missing men in Pennsylvania, the Parkland school shooting and the Austin bomber.
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Previously, she was an award-winning ABC News producer and reporter based in New York. She traveled the globe to cover breaking news and feature stories for all ABC News broadcast platforms, including “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight,” “Nightline,” “20/20” and ABCNews.com.
At ABC News, Battiste reported extensively on the Amanda Knox case from Perugia, Italy, and the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 from Perth, Australia. She covered the Newtown and Virginia Tech school shootings, the Mother Emanuel Church shooting in Charleston, the San Bernardino attack, the Orlando nightclub massacre, and the Brussels bombings. She also reported on the 2016 Presidential Election, Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S., the Ebola crisis and Hurricane Sandy. She investigated radicalization in America, the rising costs of cancer drugs, medical tourism and bullying in schools. She was the first journalist in the world to sit-down for an interview with Amanda Knox, after covering the Italian murder case for six years. Battiste booked and produced Diane Sawyer’s ABC News exclusive interview with Knox in an hour-long special “Murder Mystery: Amanda Knox Speaks.” She co-produced other Diane Sawyer specials, including America’s shrinking middle class, and interviews with the youngest woman on death row and Newtown’s heroic teacher, Kaitlin Roig, just a few hours after Roig saved her first-grade students’ lives by hiding them in a bathroom.
Nikki also co-produced numerous “20/20” specials and prison interviews, including the Casey Anthony murder trial, the “Honeymoon Killer,” “Life of Lies,” and “Black Widow.” At “20/20,” Battiste’s own investigation uncovered evidence that helped exonerate a law enforcement officer, who spent twenty years in prison wrongfully convicted of sexually abusing his own children.
Nikki Battiste Awards
Nikki started her career as an NBC News Page, working on “Saturday Night Live” and “Today,” before working as a production associate at “Today.” She has won several Emmy, Edward R Murrow and CINE Golden Eagle awards, and a Peabody, Deadline and Front Page award.
Nikki Battiste Net Worth
Nikki has not yet disclosed her net worth.
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