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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 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

Soda Tax Dead, But Who Takes The Fall And Who Fills The Holes?

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?

‘Morning Shift’ talks to reporter Mick Dumke about his investigation into the illegal gun trade in Chicago.

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.

Morning Shift

New Anthology Shows America’s Great Divides

The new anthology 'Tales of Two Americas' features essays by 36 major contemporary writers talking about the nation's socioeconomic chasm.

Morning Shift

New ACLU Lawsuit Alleges CPD Mistreats Mentally Ill, People With Disabilities

'Morning Shift' talks to WBEZ criminal justice reporter Patrick Smith about the latest lawsuit that seeks to hold the CPD accountable.

Morning Shift

As Chicago Marathon Hits Streets, Organizers Promise Safety Is Top Of Mind

Chicago Marathon race director Carey Pinkowski talks about the highlights and lowlights in the race’s history.

Morning Shift Podcast

New Cubs Book Tells Tale Of A Curse Reversed

Author Rich Cohen digs for the reasons why things were so tough for so long and why it took the Chicago Cubs 108 years to win a World Series.

Morning Shift

New Cubs Book Tells Tale Of A Curse Reversed

Author Rich Cohen digs for the reasons why things were so tough for so long and why it took the Chicago Cubs 108 years to win a World Series.

Worldview

Global Notes: Lee 'Scratch' Perry

'Morning Shift' and 'Radio M' host Tony Sarabia discussed the new release by the legendary godfather of Jamaican dub Lee 'Scratch' Perry.

Morning Shift Podcast

Rick Hahn Making Moves To Rebuild The White Sox

WBEZ sports contributor Cheryl Raye Stout talks with White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn about how he’s getting the team back on track.

Morning Shift

Rick Hahn Making Moves To Rebuild The White Sox

WBEZ sports contributor Cheryl Raye Stout talks with White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn about how he’s getting the team back on track.

Morning Shift Podcast

How To Talk To Kids About Las Vegas Shooting

In the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Dr. Colleen Ciccetti of Lurie Children’s Hospital explains how we should talk to kids about traumatizing incidents in the news.

Morning Shift

How To Talk To Kids About Las Vegas Shooting

In the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Dr. Colleen Ciccetti of Lurie Children’s Hospital explains how we should talk to kids about traumatizing incidents in the news.

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