Gabriel Spitzer covers science, health and the environment for WBEZ. He is the creator and host of Clever Apes, a nano-sized show about Chicago’s rich scientific community, its quirky characters and the mind-bending questions they’re out to answer.
Gabriel stepped in as host of Eight Forty-Eight for a year, and can still be heard keeping the anchor’s chair warm here and there on the station. He hosted live special coverage of President Barack Obama’s election and former governor Rod Blagojevich’s impeachment. Before coming to Chicago, Gabriel worked in public radio in Alaska, where he hosted and co-produced the award-winning weekly magazine show, AK. He has contributed stories to Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace and Living on Earth.
Gabriel’s work has won a number of national, regional and local awards, including from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His series Twice as Deadly: Chicago’s Race Gap in Breast Cancer Survival won awards from the Association of Health Care Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists and the Association of Women in Communication, among others. Gabriel has also been honored with national awards for best documentary and best public affairs show by Public Radio News Directors, Inc.
Gabriel has a Masters of Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in English Literature from Cornell University. Originally from Canton, Ohio, Gabriel resides in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago along with his wife, Ashley Gross, and his sons, Ezra and Oliver.