|Michael J. McGhee|
|Birth:||1964 Van Nuys, California, United States|
|Father:||George Louis McGhee (1925-2000)|
Michael J. McGhee (1964) was born in Van Nuys, California. His parents were both from Los Angeles, California. He went to public school in Southern California and was also homeschooled. He attended Alvin Community College (Alvin Texas) and has a Certificate in Broadcasting (2002) and an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Broadcasting (2005). He also has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles) with honors (2007) Magna Cum Laude. McGhee is a member of Lambda Pi Eta and Delta Epsilon Iota honors societies. He has/is attended the London School of Economics and Political Science and University of Southern California at the Post-Graduate level and has an MA Communication (2011) from USC. His main area of research is Rhetoric, Propaganda, and Peace Studies.He has taken doctoral level courses at the University of Southern California in the discipline of rhetoric under Dr. G. Thomas Goodnight and continues multidisciplinary doctoral investigations in education, leadership, media literacy and classical rhetoric.
McGhee is from one of the south’s most notable families. They immigrated to North Carolina in the 17th century and Tennessee in the mid and late 18th century. The McGhee’s married into the White family of Knoxville and the main city library (Lawson McGhee Library), the international/regional airport (McGhee Tyson Airport), and McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base are named after them. In addition, the family partially funded the construction of the Episcopal Cathedral (Saint John’s) in Knoxville and the cathedral has a special stained glass window dedicated to Charles McGhee Tyson (World War I Naval aviator). The McGhee’s used leftover materials from the cathedral to construct Saint Andrew’s Riverside near their plantation. The Masonic Hall in Knoxville was one of the family’s mansions and was dedicated to the Masonic fraternity after the death of Charles McClung McGhee (well known financier and philanthropist). The families land holdings were estimated to be over 80,000 acres at one time with the main plantation being located near Vonore/McGhee, Tennessee – this plantation was named Tuskeega. The plantation encompassed part of North Carolina and Tennessee. Two chapters are dedicated to the family in Alberta and Carson Brewer’s 1975 book Valley So Wild. The family also maintained land and commercial holdings in Kentucky and Illinois purchased during the westward expansions. Michael J. McGhee is a descendent of the McGhee/Hall branch of this family.
Michael McGhee’s father was George Louis McGhee (1925-2000) AKA George Lewis McGhee. His grandfather James William McGhee and great grandfather (Rev. Nicholas Bois McGhee (1857-1927) were the first members of the family to move to California in 1905.McGhee’s maternal great grandfather Paul Ashley Chase (1878-1946) was one of the founding executives of Warner Brother’s. Chase moved to California in 1923 to acquire land for Warner Brothers Pictures – he purchased the land at 5800 Sunset Blvd. Between North Van Ness and Bronson – the original location of Warner Brothers Pictures in Hollywood.
Other notables include Michael McGhee’s aunt Barbara Ann McGhee (1923- ) (AKA Maria Hart; a Hollywood starlet) and his great grandfather Benjamin Marion Lewis (1841-1926) (one of the founding pioneers of the state of Utah).