Born and raised in Pontiac, Michigan, Felicia McGhee-Hilt graduated from the University of Michigan in 1992 with a Bachelors Degree in Communication. Ms. McGhee-Hilt has more than 13 years of broadcasting experience. Upon graduation, she worked as a news anchor at WQBH Radio in Detroit, Michigan. Less than a year later, she accepted a job as a news reporter at the ABC Affiliate in Montgomery, Alabama. She worked as a morning news anchor at WTOK, the ABC affiliate in Meridian, Mississippi and eventually made her way to WTVC, the ABC affiliate in Chattanooga where she was a reporter/fill-in anchor. She is currently the host and moderator of WTCI’s Tennessee Insider, the only local primetime public affairs show in Chattanooga. The show airs Fridays at 8:30p.m. and Sundays at 10:30a.m., it can also be seen online at www.wtcitv.org. She has also hosted special reports, such as “One-on-One with the Candidates,” a 30-minute special featuring the recent senatorial candidates and provided political commentary for “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer” during the presidential primary.
In addition to her on-air work, Ms. McGhee-Hilt is also a doctoral candidate at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She is currently working on her dissertation entitled, “Communication in a Social Movement: A Case Study of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.” She received her Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Ms. McGhee-Hilt has been teaching in the Communication Department for nine years. Her research interests include framing and civil rights issues.
Ms. McGhee-Hilt is also very involved in the community. She has served as a panelist and moderator for numerous events such as; the “Minorities in the Media” panel, moderator of “Racial Profiling in America” panel, and host of the UTC student celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Kappa Alpha Tau.