Hosea Sanders
Hosea Sanders plays a major role at ABC 7, both in the news and programming areas. For ABC 7 Eyewitness News, he anchors the first primetime newscast in Chicago each weeknight, ABC 7's 7 pm newscast broadcast on WCIU, provides regular reports for evening newscasts on issues important to Chicago neighborhoods, and covers key disability related stories. Sanders's reporting on the disability beat was recently lauded in a story published in the Columbia Journalism Review. On the programming side, Sanders hosts ABC 7's Emmy Award winning series, Heart & Soul, which showcases Chicago's vibrant African American community. He also co-hosts ABC 7's popular New Year's Eve special, Countdown Chicago, and ABC 7's Bud Billiken Parade special, covering one of the biggest parades of its kind in the country. He is one of the on-air faces representing important station initiatives including the ABC 7/The American Red Cross Chicago Blood Drive and the food drive done in conjunction with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

Prior to ABC7, Sanders worked at TV stations in Los Angeles, Dallas and Little Rock, Arkansas.

Sanders has won 12 Emmy Awards, gaining honors for live coverage, spot news, entertainment reporting, news writing, programming and overall news achievement.

He has received more than 100 awards throughout his career from various churches, civic and community organizations for his community service.

A nationally sought-after motivational speaker, Sanders has worked with several groups mentoring young people in Chicago. He enjoys volunteering and speaking with local senior citizens.

He is active in the Alpha Phi Alpha Big Brothers program, the Chicago Public Schools Mentoring Program, and the NAACP Mentoring Program.

He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the Chicago Association of Black Journalists, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.


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Averie Lazzara, a 3-year-old from South Elgin, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia eight months ago. She needed blood immediately.
Augie Matthies, a 9-year-old boy from west suburban Downers Grove, was born with a congenital heart defect.
For some, the act of giving blood can be a frightening challenge. But a young woman from Western Springs said a life-changing event helped her overcome her fear.
A 15-year-old Midlothian boy, who collected 1,000 pounds of food last year, has set a new record - 3,000 pounds by the end of 2018.
Siblings Marqus and Ashley Valentine want to tell the stories of struggle and success as part of their Sick Cell nonprofit, which they started two years ago.