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Tony Sarabia

Tony Sarabia

Morning Shift Host

Tony hosts The Morning Shift. It's a live talk show weekdays from 9:00-10 a.m. It offers a dynamic mix of news, culture and music that relies heavily on authentic engagement with listeners on-air and via social media. Tony, a longtime WBEZ journalist who also hosts the weekly music program Radio M, brings his skills as a broadcaster to create conversations with local impact and universal relevance.

“I want to create an ‘of-the-moment’ experience that’s intelligent, serious and fun,” he said. “It's a place for listeners to hear new ideas, voices and feel a sense of surprise.” As host of Radio M, he explores world cultures and people through music and sounds. Tony joined WBEZ in 1990 as an intern for the former program The Mara Tapp Show, later becoming associate producer. He has served as a news correspondent, Arts Editor, and local host of Morning Edition, before becoming host of Passport, now called Radio M.

Tony has also participated in three fellowship programs at NPR in Washington and worked at NPR's Cultural Desk, producing pieces for the network's national news programs. Tony has received an Edward R. Murrow Award, three Lisagor Awards, a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism and an Associated Press Award for his documentary Unlocking the Closet: Stories of Coming Out Later in Life.

Tony has a B.A. in radio/journalism from Columbia College. A native of Chicago, Tony resides in Rogers Park. He has three adult sons: Julian, Alex and Matt.

Recent Stories

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Illinois Lawmakers Working to Meet Budget Deadline

A couple of things are different this time around: no high drama and there’s reportedly a level of optimism that’s typically absent from budget talks.

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Suburban Mayors Move To ‘Protect’ Their Towns Against Budget Cuts

Morning Shift is joined by two mayors to talk about what they face with a reduction in state money.

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South Side Gets A Level 1 Trauma Center

Thirty years after shutting down its trauma center, the University of Chicago is officially opening the doors of a new adult trauma center.

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Morning Shift Remembers Chicago Creative Giants Art Shay And Art Paul

Chicago creative giants Art Shay and Art Paul died over the weekend. We reflect on their work and lives.

Morning Shift

Record Store Day Celebrates The Brick-and-Mortar Tradition

Record Store Day is this Saturday. Hear about the state of vinyl, record shop culture, and some favorite record store finds.

Morning Shift Podcast

Why Are So Few Catholics Attending Church?

A new Gallup poll has reported that church attendance has been in decline.

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Illinois Could Become 2nd State To Require LGBTQ History

Members of Chicago’s LGBTQ community weigh in on a state bill that would require school textbooks to include the community’s history.

Morning Shift

Why Are So Few Catholics Attending Church?

The Gallup poll has reported that church attendance has been in decline.

Morning Shift Podcast

Should Divorced Couples Share Parenting Responsibilities Equally?

An Illinois House Bill could lessen the trauma kids experience after custody battles — or exacerbate it, depending on your point of view.

Morning Shift

Should Divorced Couples Share Parenting Responsibilities Equally?

An Illinois House Bill could lessen the trauma kids experience after custody battles — or exacerbate it, depending on your point of view.

Morning Shift

WBEZ’s Chicago And Illinois News Roundup: March 30, 2018

It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for our Friday news roundup, where we bring context and analysis to the biggest state and local stories in our ever-churning news cycle.

Morning Shift

Love Will Tear Us Apart: Craigslist Ditches Personals Section

Online dating and hookup culture took a hit last week when Craigslists shut down its personals section- where men and women could find love, or a “casual encounter” i.e., sex.

Morning Shift

Network TV Comes To Jesus

In a world where viewers can watch whatever they want whenever they want thanks to DVR’s and streaming services, eyeballs on live events are precious to TV networks. NBC and Fox had big ratings successes with live productions of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, and Grease. On Easter Sunday, NBC is trying again with a live concert version of Jesus Christ Superstar. NPR television critic Eric Deggans talks about what he’s expecting from the show, what “event television” offers to viewers.

Morning Shift Podcast

Beyond The Bean: Your Top Chicago Spring Break Recs

It's Spring Break in Chicago and tourism is up. Hear recommendations of some sites to see in the city.

Morning Shift

Beyond The Bean: Your Top Chicago Spring Break Recs

Don’t let the rain and clouds fool you -  it’s Spring Break in Chicago. With kids out of school with nothing to do and tourists flocking to the city -- according to the mayor’s office, tourism is up in Chicago -- we want to know: what Chicago sites and activities would you recommend locals and out-of-towners about the city should check out? Morning Shift talks to Jessica Mlinaric, author of Secret Chicago: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure, about her top recommendations. We also open the phones to hear listeners’ favorite Chicago hidden gems.    

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O’Hare Travelers Weigh In On Making the Airport Better

'Morning Shift' opens the phones to hear what sort of changes travelers think would make O’Hare a better airport.

Morning Shift

Weekends On Mars And Artificial Intelligence May Be Closer Than We Think

Michio Kaku lays out his vision of man’s future in space, and how that future might be driven by an increasingly hostile Earth in his latest book, 'The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality and Our Destiny Beyond Earth.'

Morning Shift

Residential Segregation 50 Years After The Fair Housing Act

The new book, 'Cycle of Segregation: Social Processes and Residential Stratification' argues that housing segregation has become a self perpetuating cycle because of forces like people’s everyday experiences and social networks, despite laws in place that are meant to combat discrimination and segregation.

Morning Shift Podcast

Robert Marshall’s Diagnosis? Democrat Says Illinois Needs To Be Divided In 3

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Robert Marshall says Illinois needs to stop “forcing diversity” and divide the state into three.

Morning Shift

Robert Marshall’s Diagnosis? Democrat Says Illinois Needs To Be Divided In 3

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Robert Marshall says Illinois needs to stop “forcing diversity” and divide the state into three.

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