Tony Sarabia has been with WBEZ for 25 years. He joined the station in 1990 as an intern for the former program Mara Tapp Show, later becoming associate producer. He has served as a news correspondent, Arts Editor, and local host of Morning Edition and developed the role of Midday host position when it was created in 2010. He served as host for three years.
For the past nine years Tony has been the host of the Friday night global music program Radio M and currently hosts the The Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia, a daily program offering a dynamic mix of news, culture and music that relies heavily on authentic engagement with listeners on-air and via social media.
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. He also contributed two stories (The Story of Dave Brubeck’s Take Five, The Mystery of Singin’ in the Rain) to NPR’s Peabody Award winning series The NPR 100
Tony has received multiple awards over his career at WBEZ including three Lisagor Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award and an Associated Press Award for his documentary Unlocking the Closet: Stories of Coming Out Later in Life and a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for his story about a young single parent homeless family struggling to stay afloat.
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 Mat