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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

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.

Morning Shift

The Cause And Effect Of Chicago School Closures

Hope College Preparatory School used to be a shining gem on Chicago's South Side. Now, it's being phased out. We hear why.

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Listeners React To Florida School Shooting, Safety and Gun Reform

We open the phones to hear from listeners on their kids' school's safety measures, drills, and gun reform.

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The History And Legacy Of The Cabrini Green Housing Project

Writer Ben Austen spent seven years chronicling some of those lives and tracing the long history of Cabrini Green for his new book "High Risers: Cabrini Green and the Fate of American Public Housing."

Morning Shift

The Physical Long Term Effects of Childhood Trauma

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is a pediatrician and details her medical detective work in her book, 'The Deepest Well: Healing the Long Term Effects of Childhood Adversity.'

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Why Gas Prices Are Creeping Up Across Chicago

Cold weather, higher oil prices, and a series of problems at nearby refineries have helped raise gas prices in the Chicago area.

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Photographing Chicago’s Opioid Epidemic

Chicago photographer Lloyd DeGrane makes his living working with a diverse list of clients. But his true passion is his documentary work.

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Bruce DuMont, Founder of Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications, Retires

The Museum of Broadcast Communications was the brainchild of journalist and broadcaster Bruce DuMont, who is retiring from the institution.

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What's That Building? 4800 S. Ellis Ave.

A historic Kenwood mansion on the city's South Side was a detention center for those deemed a threat to national security in the 1940s.

Morning Shift Podcast

One On One With Barbara Gaines Of Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Barbara Gaines, founder and artistic director Chicago Shakespeare Theater, discusses her spot on a massive new mural in Chicago.

Morning Shift

One On One With Barbara Gaines Of Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Barbara Gaines, founder and artistic director Chicago Shakespeare Theater, discusses her spot on a massive new mural in Chicago.

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The State of Chicago Retail This Holiday Season

It’s Cyber Monday, but holiday shoppers didn’t wait for today to go online to find deals.

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'Morning Shift' Looks At The Life And Legacy Of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington

'Morning Shift' looks at the legacy of Harold Washington with the journalists who covered his reign over City Hall.

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How TV News Covers Homicides Has Changed

More than 600 people have been shot and killed so far this year in Chicago, but just a tiny fraction of those victims became TV news stories.

Morning Shift Podcast

John Hodgman Gets Real In ‘Vacationland’

Hodgman tells ‘Morning Shift’ why he decided to write a memoir and how he’s hacking his way through the “haunted forest of middle age.”

Morning Shift

John Hodgman Gets Real In ‘Vacationland’

Hodgman tells ‘Morning Shift’ why he decided to write a memoir and how he’s hacking his way through the “haunted forest of middle age.”

Morning Shift

Muhammad Ali Wasn’t Afraid To Mix Up Sports And Politics

'Morning Shift' speaks with author Jonathan Eig about how Muhammad Ali's legacy resonates today.

Morning Shift Podcast

Two Chicago Winners Receive Prestigious MacArthur Fellowship

MacArthur 'genius grant' winner Rami Nashashibi discusses his organization that works for social change on the South Side.

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