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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

North Central College's Commemorative Statues

Why a 40-foot-tall statue of thousands of confederate soldiers who died as prisoners of war at Chicago’s Camp Douglas is different from those honoring confederate figures like the one of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville.

Morning Shift

Jesuit Community College: A New Model

Fr. Stephen Katsouros, the Dean of Arrupe College joins 'Morning Shift' to tell the school’s story, which is the subject of his book, 'Come to Believe:How the Jesuits Are Reinventing Education (Again).'

Morning Shift Podcast

Roger Ebert To Be Inducted Posthumously Into Chicago Literary Hall Of Fame

'Morning Shift' talks to Chaz Ebert, Roger’s widow and publisher of, about the famed movie critic’s legacy in Chicago.

Morning Shift

Rauner Suggests He’d Support Bill That Protects Undocumented Immigrants

The bill would prevent government officials from making arrests in state buildings like schools, healthcare facilities and courtrooms.


Global Notes: Building On Flamenco Tradition

The Clinard Dance’s Flamenco Quartet Project joins 'Worldview' with a performance.

Morning Shift

The Case For Reading Kid Lit As An Adult

Whether 'Charlotte’s Web' or 'Harry Potter', we all have childhood favorites. Author Bruce Handy says they hold lessons for adults, too.

Morning Shift

Unlikely 70s Chicago Superhero Gets A Podcast

Dick Orkin joins us to talk about reviving Chickenman for a new generation.

Morning Shift

Confronting Racism After Charlottesville

'Morning Shift' spoke with two activists about confronting racism in the wake of a deadly clash in Charlottesville, Va.

Morning Shift

Medal Of Honor Recipient Devoted Post Military Career To Education

Specialist James C. McCloughan risked his life several times for his fellow soldiers during the Vietnam War and almost 50 years later he’s been recognized for those efforts.

Morning Shift

Gardening Tips To Get You Through The Summer

Eliza Furnier, program director with the Chicago Botanic Garden, joins Morning Shift to take listener's gardening questions

Radio M

Radio M: February 26, 2016

The sounds of Mauritania, Jamaica, Goa, Algeria, Vietnam and more.

Radio M

Radio M January 29th, 2016: Another Friday of Great Global Sounds.

Japanese rock, reggae from the Studio One vaults, classic Talking Heads and more.

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