Felicia Middlebrooks

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Felicia Middlebrooks (born May 29, 1957) is an American radio news broadcaster. She is the news anchor of WBBM Newsradio in Chicago, Illinois.


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.[1] 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).[2]

Middlebrooks is the director and producer of her own video production company, Saltshaker Productions LLC, located in Chicago and Los Angeles.[3]

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)

Selected publications[edit]

A partial list of books of which Middlebrooks was an author:


  1. ^ LakeNet, Notable Personalities Born, Raised, or Became Famous in Lake, Porter Counties Indiana and Surrounding Illinois Communities. available online
  2. ^ Hollywood Comes to Chicago, Founder. available online
  3. ^ "Director/Producer". Saltshaker Productions, LLC. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 

4. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-1429219.html 5. http://www.chitownradio.com/messages/10277.html

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