Felicia Middlebrooks

Felicia Middlebrooks
Felicia Middlebrooks has broken barriers and opened doors for women in radio across the country.  She was the first woman and first African American in the nation to co-anchor Morning Drive News for CBS Radio. A test case and a game changer, she successfully altered the all-male paradigm in 1984.  Now, women co-anchor morning drive at all CBS radio stations nationwide.

At age 24, she was the youngest anchor and street reporter hired at WBBM.  For the past 33 years, Felicia has co-anchored news for WBBM Newsradio/CBS, Chicago’s number one station.  The veteran journalist has won numerous awards for her reporting locally and abroad.  She delivered special reports live from Haiti in the aftermath of that nation’s 2010 earthquake and an exclusive Haiti jailhouse interview with two female American missionaries.  She won humanitarian awards for her coverage on the ground of the aftermath of Rwanda’s genocide, the aids crisis in Uganda and civil conflict in Congo.  For a time, she served as a consultant to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, as authorities searched for perpetrators of Rwanda’s genocide.  She also reported from Egypt on the shaky 2014 ceasefire agreement between Palestine and Israel, and when Nelson Mandela made his first journey to the U.S., after he was freed from a South African jail, Felicia was sent to Detroit to deliver live reports.  In 2015, she journeyed to Cuba a few months ahead of the re-opening of the U.S. Embassy, and brought back rich stories on that nation’s culture and impending transition, earning her the coveted Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in News.

Felicia has won scores of other awards, including, American Women in Radio and Television, Women in Communications, United Press International and the Associated Press.  She’s also been featured in the American Journalism Review and appeared on CNN’s American Morning.  After a 7-year stretch of working her way through school as a steelworker, Felicia earned a Bachelor of Communications Degree from Purdue University in 1982.  She returned to Purdue and earned her MBA in 2014.   She also earned a degree in Film in 2017 from Tribeca Flashpoint College in Chicago, affiliated with Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Film Institute in New York.

In 2015, Felicia was granted the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chicago Headline Club (Society of Professional Journalists-Sigma Delta Chi).  She’s also been inducted into the International Press Club’s Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame.  Felicia runs her own company, Saltshaker Productions, LLC with offices in Chicago and Los Angeles.  Her first documentary film, “Somebody’s Child:  The Redemption of Rwanda”, won first place Documentary Short in New York’s International Film and Video Festival.  She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority-Zeta Theta Chapter, Women in Film, League of Black Women and the Society of Professional Journalists.  She is also a Sustaining Trustee for the Children’s Home and Aid Society and an honorary board member for the domestic violence non-profit WINGS (Women in Need Growing Stronger).  Felicia is also a published author.  She wrote “Called”, the personal account of Lisa Jefferson, the Verizon Supervisor who took Todd Beamer’s call just before United Flight 93 crashed on 9/11.

Frequently on the lecture circuit, Felicia has mentored scores of aspiring young journalists.  As an adjunct professor, she teaches courses at DePaul University and Purdue University Calumet, where she was named Outstanding Alumni of 2003.   Felicia has Advisory Board positions with Columbia College’s School of Journalism, DePaul University’s School of Communications and Purdue University’s School of Liberal Arts.  She’s also on the Chicago Headline Club (Society of Professional Journalists) Foundation Advisory Board. Click here to follow Felica on Facebook.

Lake Co. Museum Almost Finished

It’s been years in the making and more than half finished. But the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s new Bess Bower Dunn Museum isn’t quite ready for prime time.


Moving Vietnam Memorial Docks in Des Plaines

It’s called “The Wall That Heals”. 


Frankenstein Lives! In Indiana!

The classic book turns 200 next year, and the group Indiana Humanities has a $300,000 grant to hold a series of events to celebrate it.


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

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


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.


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.


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.


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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Report: Wirtz Family To Renovate Historic Downtown Building; Retail Tenants Must Go

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.

CBS Chicago–09/26/2012

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.

WBBM Newsradio–09/22/2012

Former Dixon Comptroller’s Horses Now Up For Auction

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.

WBBM Newsradio–09/07/2012


Heat, Ozone Levels Prompt Warning For Asthma Sufferers

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.

CBS Chicago–08/25/2012

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


Toll Hike Has Not Brought Anticipated Mass-Exodus From Tollways

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.

CBS Chicago–08/24/2012


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 Felicia Middlebrooks reports The FBI says Arellano, 35, is part of an international movie piracy ring that illegally duplicates and […]


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.

CBS Chicago–07/19/2012

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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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Study: Nylon, Spandex Leggings Help Prevent Muscle Aches

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


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.


Companies Still Hiring In Chicago, Nationwide

So, it’s the 4th quarter, and you might think no one’s hiring right? Wrong. There are companies that are hiring in November.


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