Felicia Middlebrooks

Felicia Middlebrooks39-year veteran journalist Felicia Middlebrooks has co-anchored the award winning morning drive program for CBS Radio/WBBM Newsradio 780/105.9 FM since October 1st, 1984, making her the first woman in America to have survived the highly competitive, male dominated timeslot for a record 30 consecutive years at a network owned station. WBBM’s Morning Drive program is rated number one in Chicago.

In 2006, she was inducted into International Press Club’s Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame. And she’s just been named a recipient of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Chicago Headline Club (Society of Professional Journalists-Sigma Delta Chi).

Felicia has won scores of awards, including the coveted Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in News, Associated Press “Best Reporter Award” and awards from United Press International, Women in Communications, The National Urban League, National Association of Black Journalists, William Randolph Hearst Journalism Award, Toastmasters International “Leadership in Communication Award”, Illinois News Broadcasters Association, Women in Communications and American Women in Radio & Television. She’s also received a number of Peter Lisagor Excellence in Journalism Awards for reporting.

Felicia was named to Who’s Who Among International Women in Cambridge, England and has been featured in the American Journalism Review, on CNN’s American Morning, Chicago Magazine, Today’s Christian Woman Magazine, Chicago Tribune and Screen Magazine. World Relief granted Felicia a Humanitarian Award for her work in Rwanda and her reports on the genocide . She’s also filed reports from Haiti, Egypt, Uganda, the Congo and Washington D.C. She runs her own production company, Saltshaker Productions, LLC with offices in Chicago and Los Angeles on the original Warner Bros. lot. Her first documentary film, “Somebody’s Child: The Redemption of Rwanda” won first place for “Best Documentary Short” in the 2005 New York International Film & Video Festival. Felicia is also a published author.

An alum of Purdue University, she has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications and she earned her MBA at Purdue in the Spring of 2014. Click here to follow Felica on Facebook.

It's been 50 years since Mai Martinez's father left Cuba as an 11-year-old boy. As a special Father's Day gift, she took him back. These are some of the images from that trip. (Credit: Mai Martinez)

Turning Point Part 5: Cuban-Americans Still Angry With Castros

Thousands of Cuban Americans are still very angry with the Castro government.


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Part 4: Hope, Uncertainty In U.S.-Cuba Relations

There is both hope and uncertainty in Cuba as diplomatic relations with the U.S. heal after a 53 year standoff.


It's been 50 years since Mai Martinez's father left Cuba as an 11-year-old boy. As a special Father's Day gift, she took him back. These are some of the images from that trip. (Credit: Mai Martinez)

Part 3: Life On The Island Of Cuba

The people of Cuba are anxiously awaiting word on the normalization of relations with the United States.


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Part 1: Cuba At A Turning Point With U.S.

As the United States breaks down Cold War-era barriers with Cuba, the nation lives in a parallel universe, where old and modern co-exist.


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Rwanda Genocide: 20 Years Later

This year is the 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide where a million people were slaughtered while the world watched and did nothing.


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A plan to renovate a historic downtown building will benefit the prominent Chicago family that owns it, but it may not be such good news for those who pay the rent.

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Importance Of Smoke Detectors Emphasized As Fire Prevention Week Approaches

The second week in October is Fire Prevention Week – a great time to make sure your home is ready in case of emergency.

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Scores of horses purchased by a government official who’s accused of absconding with millions of dollars can now be yours, if you have the cash.

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Sweltering heat and unhealthy ozone levels are on tap for the rest of the day Saturday – a brew that usually is not good news for people with asthma.

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New Law Protects Users Of Online Dating Sites

Illinois now has a new law to keep you safe when you date online.

CBS Chicago–08/24/2012


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Tolls went up in Illinois nearly a year ago, but if you think most drivers took alternate routes to avoid paying more, you’d be wrong.

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Alleged Movie Bootlegger Busted; Suspected to Be Part Of International Ring

CHICAGO (CBS) — A movie bootlegger has had his last run. As WBBM Newsradio’s Felicia Middlebrooks reports, Gerardo Arellano, a suspect in a global movie piracy ring has been arrested in Chicago. LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s […]


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Elgin Teen Charged With Using Stranger’s Apartment As Cooling Center

An Elgin teen is accused of using a stranger’s apartment as a cooling center during the sweltering heat wave Tuesday.

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Man Charged With Impersonating Alderman In Scheme To Raise Money

A West Garfield Park neighborhood man apparently believed he looked enough like an alderman – or that enough people had no clue what the alderman in question looked like – to go around impersonating the city lawmaker.

CBS Chicago–07/03/2012

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Millions of Americans have committed to a new regimen of diet and exercise on this, the first weekend of the New Year.


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Study: How Often You Drink, Impacts Your Risk Of Cancer

With the holidays approaching, more people might be drinking alcohol. How often you drink, impacts your risk of cancer.


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