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Richard McGhee
Founder and CEO, Black College Football Museum

mcgheeRichard McGhee was born the eldest child of Queen Ester and William McGhee in Washington DC in 1952. Richard McGhee was inducted in the Howard University Athletic Hall Of Fame in the Class of 2005. McGhee was a two time All MEAC Offensive guard/tackle in 1972-1973 and signed with the Houston Oilers and Minnesota Vikings as a free agent in 1974.

McGhee is an Emmy Award winning Producer and has worked in commercial television for more than 25 years. Starting in 1980 Richard McGhee worked for WRC (NBC) Channel 4 in Washington for 17 years as an Assignment Editor, Field Producer and Associate Director. In 1993 McGhee won an Emmy for producing an investigative news series. In 1997 McGhee moved from WRC to become the Managing Editor at WJLA (ABC) Channel 7 and spent four years with the ABC affiliate before joining the Assignment Desk at Fox 5 News as a Senior Editor.   

McGhee left Fox5 News to take the General Manager’s position at District Schools Television a PBS affiliated education TV station. In February 2008 McGhee help to usher in a new era in Public School education when he completed and cut the ribbon on a 3.5 million dollar state of the art TV studio built for the students of the District of Columbia Public Schools.  

The native Washingtonian attended Howard University and graduated with honors in 1980 from the school of communications with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.  McGhee started his journalism career while in undergrad working for the Hilltop Newspaper at Howard University. He also worked the sports beat for the Afro American Newspaper in the late 1970’s.

McGhee played his High school football in Washington, DC and Prince Georges County Maryland where he became the first African American football player at Bladensburg Sr. High school in 1968.

Richard is married to Jacqueline Liles McGhee and they share three sons and three grand daughters. 

“I have the greatest partner in the world in Michael Hurd; Michael Hurd is a coveted researcher and a wonderful writer. His Master Piece “Black College Football from 1892-1992” is the Black College Football Bible. The book is Michael’s labor of love. Hurd filled a major void in the written history of football played in historically black colleges, “says McGhee.

Together through the Black College Football Museum, Michael and I will educate the world about the most stunning collegiate football exploits never told.



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