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Michelle McHugh
Michelle Bradsher-McHugh
Program Director, Assistant Teaching Professor, MS Television & Media Management



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Michelle McHugh serves as the Program Director for Drexel University's Television & Media Management Graduate Program, embodying a rich dual career trajectory that encompasses profound expertise in both the television industry and the realm of multiplatform communication strategy.

Over a nearly 20-year tenure in the television news industry, Michelle exhibited leadership at the helm of newsrooms and field crews, holding pivotal roles as a senior executive producer, line and field producer. Her journalistic acumen was duly recognized with a prestigious regional Emmy® Award, acknowledging her exceptional coverage of the impact of crime in Philadelphia on the city's youth and families. A six-time regional Emmy® nominee, Michelle's accolades extend to her adeptness in writing, live, and breaking news coverage in the fourth largest media market in the U.S.  Michelle's commitment to nurturing emerging talents is exemplified through her role at Drexel University's DNews, where she guides students to excellence. Under her mentorship, several students garnered nominations for student production awards by the Mid-Atlantic NATAS Chapter, with a notable recognition in 2019 for a DNews piece on the College of Arts & Science's Story Medicine program with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). 

Commencing her television career as an intern at WGHP Television in North Carolina, Michelle's journey led her to prominent roles such as the 6:00 p.m. newscast producer at KYW-TV and the 11:00 p.m. newscast and executive producer at WCAU-TV, both in Philadelphia. A past Trustee and now Director for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) in New York, Michelle's leadership extends to her role as a past president of the Mid-Atlantic NATAS Chapter.

  Beyond her television endeavors, Michelle has successfully led non-profit teams in communications, marketing, and advancement/fundraising since transitioning from the newsroom in 2008. Co-CEO of McH Communications and Content Creation, LLC, a multi-platform communications and production company, Michelle collaborates with both non-profits and for-profit businesses to craft visually compelling content that enhances organizational brands and shares impactful stories. 

Michelle's academic achievements include a Master's in Interactive Media & Communications from Quinnipiac University, coupled with an undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Her commitment to education extends to a decade of teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, in both online and on-campus settings.  In her diverse roles within Drexel University, Michelle serves as Vice Chair of the Westphal College Faculty Caucus, Senator on the Drexel University Faculty Senate, and holds key positions in committees focused on academic affairs and diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

LinkedIn characterizes Michelle as a "connector of good," reflecting her extensive and diverse network of professionals across various fields. With a steadfast commitment to connecting individuals characterized by kind and efficient leadership styles, positive attitudes, attention to detail, and a strong work ethic, Michelle continues to be a force of inspiration in the realms of academia, television, and beyond. 

Masters in Interactive Media / Communications, Quinnipiac University; Broadcast Journalism, University of North Carolina Greensboro
Michelle has authored countless articles and magazines for not-for-profit organizations, each with the focus on and mission of advancing organizations dedicated to empowering underserved communities.
Michelle has lead research projects in her role as Trustee for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, as well as in her not-for-profit work, to increase efficiencies within programs and teams and with an acute focus on organizational advancement.

National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) - Board of Directors

NATAS - Past Trustee
Research and support of governance structure and annual National Emmy® Awards