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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

Morning Shift

A History Of The Catholic Vote From Roe To Trump

The Catholic vote is far from monolithic. A new book examines the Catholic role in electoral politics.

Morning Shift

Windy City Times Founder Takes The Reins At The Reader

Windy City Times co-founder Tracy Baim talks about her career, and shares her plans for the future of the Chicago Reader.

Morning Shift

What Wisconsin’s Flip From Blue to Deep Red Means For Future Of Politics

What do these things have in common: the birth of the Republican Party, the creation of the state income tax, environmental conservation and dark money politics?

Morning Shift

Remembering Val Camilletti, Owner Of Val's Halla Records

Tony Sarabia and store manager Shane Blakely remember Val Camilletti, owner of Val's Halla Records in Oak Park who died Tuesday at age 78.

Morning Shift

Milly’s Orchid Show Comes Back To The Park West

The modern vaudeville show is a mix of jugglers, fire eaters, dancers, singers... and Milly May Smithy, who is equal parts Dolly Parton, Ethel Merman, and Flo from the TV show “Alice.”

Morning Shift

The Argument For Religion... Even If You're Not Religious

Organized religion, from Catholicism to Islam, is facing tough times. Whether it’s being used as a political weapon, a perch to abuse power or to justify aggression and intolerance, religion — especially in the U.S. — is seen as a hostile force. Chicago author and Columbia College philosophy professor Stephen Asma has always been skeptical of religion. But in his new book, "Why We Need Religion", Asma argues that even though many view religion as irrational, that irrationality may be its source of positive power. He also posits that religion, unlike science, has and continues to help humans manage a range of emotion such as rage and sorrow.

Morning Shift

Chicago Cycling Advocates’ Wishlist For Transportation Safety

Every Monday throughout this summer, the Morning Shift is examining the issue of traffic fatalities and pedestrian and cyclist deaths, and talks to experts on what Chicago can do better.

Morning Shift

Chicago Teachers Union Powerhouse Karen Lewis Steps Down

Longtime president Karen Lewis of the Chicago Teachers Union--a Goliath of a union in an already strong union city--announced late last week that she will be stepping down from her position amid health concerns. Lewis is moving aside for new leadership, 8 years after first being elected as union leader. Longtime member and president Karen Lewis of the Chicago Teachers Union—a Goliath of a union in an already strong union city—announced late last week that she will be stepping down from her position amid health concerns. Lewis is moving aside for new leadership, eight years after first being elected as union leader.She led the union during a particularly splintered time, and went on to lead the CTU on a 10-day strike in September 2012, the first teachers strike in 25 years. Lewis has a reputation as being a tough negotiator. One of those who sat across the table from Lewis in contract negotiations during her tenure was Jim Franczek, the longtime labor attorney for Chicago Public Schools. Despite being Lewis's one-time adversary, Franczek says he has nothing but respect for the outgoing CTU president. He stopped by the Morning Shift to talk about Karen Lewis's legacy, and the future of the CTU without her at the helm. 

Morning Shift

Janus v. AFSCME Labor Law Case: Key Takeaways

The Supreme Court is expected this week to rule on a case that will determine the future of public sector unions.

Morning Shift

8-Year-Old Science Lover Hosts Popular Podcast

Nate Butkus, 8, host of 'The Show About Science,' talks about biology, evolution, and how his interview style has changed since he was 5.

Worldview

Global Notes: The Tanzanian Albinism Collective

Brennan traveled to an island off Tanzania where he encouraged Tanzanians with Albinism to share their experiences through song.

Morning Shift

Chicago Schools Chief Says She’ll ‘Be Held Accountable’ For Sex Abuse Scandal

CPS CEO Janice Jackson acknowledged that regaining the trust of parents is “critically important” to her and the school district.

Morning Shift

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.

Morning Shift

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.

Morning Shift

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.

Morning Shift

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.

Morning Shift

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.

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