CHICAGO (June 26, 2018) – After 28 years at WBEZ 91.5FM Chicago, public radio personality and host of The Morning Shift, Tony Sarabia has announced his decision to sign off from WBEZ at the end of the year. A native Chicagoan, Sarabia will be moving to Iowa to pursue new opportunities outside of radio. His last show on WBEZ’s The Morning Shift will be Friday, Dec. 21.
“We are thrilled for Tony, though it’s bittersweet for us as his colleagues and for Chicago at large. For nearly three decades, WBEZ listeners have come to know Tony’s voice, his warmth and his unique ability to skillfully lead conversations that connect with people from all backgrounds and walks of life,” said Steve Edwards, vice president, chief content officer of WBEZ. “We will miss Tony deeply and we’re grateful for all he’s contributed to WBEZ, to public radio, and to our community.”
For the last six years, Sarabia has been the host of The Morning Shift, WBEZ’s live talk show that airs weekdays at 9 a.m. He started as an intern at WBEZ in 1990 for the former program, The Mara Tapp Show, later moving over to the news department. He was WBEZ’s first midday anchor, and has also been the local host of Morning Edition, a Reporter, Arts Editor, and music host of Radio M.
Sarabia has received numerous awards for his journalism, including the Edward R. Murrow Award, three Lisagor Awards, a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, and an Associate Press award for his documentary, Unlocking the Closet: Stories of Coming Out Later in Life. He has a bachelor’s degree in radio/journalism from Columbia College.
“WBEZ has been more than a place to work. It’s been a place to learn and grow, and to use those skills to serve our listeners,” said Sarabia. “It’s not easy to leave after a wonderful 28 years - half of my life. But, I am looking forward to this next chapter of my life in rural Iowa.”
Sarabia will continue to host The Morning Shift until his final show on Dec. 21. He said he plans to invite back some of his favorite guests, as well as conduct interviews with guests he has always wanted to meet.
In the coming months, WBEZ will begin a search for a new host of The Morning Shift. Additionally, Jennifer White will continue as the Friday host of The Morning Shift as well as host of the acclaimed Making podcast series that includes Making Oprah and most recently, Making Obama. She is also pursuing several other creative opportunities at WBEZ including a new project in its earliest stages of development for 2019.
About WBEZ 91.5FM Chicago
WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR news station, serves the community with fact-based, objective news and information. WBEZ’s award-winning journalists ask tough questions, dig deep for answers and expose truths that spark change and foster understanding. WBEZ Chicago is home to two daily local programs, The Morning Shift and Worldview, and a growing portfolio of popular podcasts, including the “Making” series of Making Obama and Making Oprah; Nerdette; and Sound Opinions. WBEZ Chicago has a legacy of innovation as the birthplace of nationally acclaimed programs such as This American Life, and Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! and the ground-breaking podcast, Serial.