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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

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

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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

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Morning Shift Podcast

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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.”

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'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.

Morning Shift

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WBEZ reporter Michael Puente lays out the fiscal and political ramifications of the rollback of the sweetened-beverage tax.

Morning Shift

How Do Illegal Guns Make Their Way To Chicago?

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Morning Shift

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

Morning Shift Podcast

Film Shows Tobacco Industry’s Aggressive Push Into Black Community

The percentage of black American smokers has declined, but nine in ten black people who do smoke say they use menthol-flavored cigarettes.

Morning Shift

What Will Repealing The Clean Power Plan Mean In Illinois?

An Illinois law passed in 2016 leaves the state "well-positioned" to reduce emissions even without the Clean Power Plan, one analyst said.

Morning Shift

Film Shows Tobacco Industry’s Aggressive Push Into Black Community

The percentage of black American smokers has declined, but nine in ten black people who do smoke say they use menthol-flavored cigarettes.

Morning Shift

Why It’s More Important To Laugh Than Ever

The world might seem like it’s in dire shape, but author Al Gini says jokes are a “way we assault reality when reality assaults us.”

Morning Shift Podcast

Reactions To ‘The Vietnam War’ Documentary

The PBS documentary series 'The Vietnam Wa'r by filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick just wrapped up its first run on WTTW here in Chicago.

Morning Shift

Reactions To ‘The Vietnam War’ Documentary

The PBS documentary series 'The Vietnam Wa'r by filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick just wrapped up its first run on WTTW here in Chicago.

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