Charlene Marie Mitchell-Rodgers Inducted 2024 - Class of 1967
Charlene has had a long, successful career in broadcasting and now lives in suburban Detroit. She enjoyed being a member of Woodward’s Debate and Forensic Teams, as well as the Girls’ Volleyball and Track Teams. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree at Fisk University, where she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, then earned her Master’s Degree at BGSU. She was the first woman of color to be hired as an on-air reporter for Toledo station WTOL (channel 11). She has won numerous awards (including 2 Emmys and The AP Outstanding News Reporting Award) in her 17-year career in broadcasting in Baltimore, Washington DC, Boston, and Detroit.
Charlene is also an entrepreneur, founding Media Consultants, a fullservice advertising, public relations, and marketing firm in the ‘80s. She also taught broadcasting in Southfield, MI. Charlene has two weekly radio shows on station 910 AM in Detroit. She enjoys charity work and has served on the Board of Directors for several organizations. She is divorced with one son and one grandson (a senior in college).