Felicia Middlebrooks was born in Gary, Indiana. She graduated from West Side High School and Purdue University Calumet earning a bachelor's degree in communication, where she now takes on the role as a professor for news broadcasting. She worked as a steelworker in northwest Indiana to finance her education. Her previous radio stations were WBAA, WJOB, WGVE, and WLTH before coming to Chicago. Felicia worked at CBS Radio where she was the first woman and African American to co-anchor mornings. She has won numerous awards for leadership and journalism including the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in News and the Associated Press “Best Reporter Award”. Felicia celebrated her 25th Anniversary of on-air broadcasting with Newsradio 780 WBBM on October 1, 2009. She is the founder and president of "Hollywood Comes to Chicago" and serves on the Board of Directors for three non-profit organizations: “Hands of Hope”, “WINGS: Women in Need Growing Stronger”, and “Children’s Home and Aid Society” (CHASI).
In March of 2002, she was in a highly publicized dispute with management and her job was saved by the Rev. Jesse Jackson. (references #4 & 5)
A partial list of books of which Middlebrooks was an author:
- Called (co-authored by Lisa D. Jefferson, Moody Publishing)
- Souls of My Sisters (Kensington Publishing)
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