Leah Hope - ABC 7 Chicago
Leah Hope is an award-winning reporter for ABC 7 News, Chicago's Number One station for news. She focuses on special investigations and other important stories affecting the lives of Chicagoans. She joined ABC 7 in 1997.

Prior to joining ABC 7, Hope worked at KATU-TV, the ABC affiliate in Portland, Oregon. At KATU-TV, she anchored weekend evening newscasts and reported during the week. Previously, she held the same positions at WISH-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana. Hope began her broadcasting career as a general assignment reporter at WBOC-TV in Salisbury, Maryland.

Hope's work covering issues in the African American community has been honored on both national and local levels. In 2003, she won two awards from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) for reports on a group of "Lost Boys" attacked by a Chicago gang and changes in the cosmetic industry that reflect the changing face of America. The NABJ Chicago Chapter awarded Hope the 2003 Russ Ewing Excellence in Journalism Award and recognized her again with the 2004 Excellence in Enterprise Journalism Award for a series of reports on affirmative action.

Hope received an Emmy award for the half-hour primetime special, "9/11/02 The New Homeland." She contributed to "People, Places, and Things You Should Know: Women in Science and Technology," which won the 2001 Gracie Award from American Women in Radio and Television. Hope has been awarded several Peter Lisagor Awards, given by the Society of Professional Journalists, for stories ranging from breaking news coverage to consumer and business reporting. She was honored by the Chicago chapter of the Council on Islamic American Relations with the 2007 Media Award for ethical reporting. Hope was honored as the 2013 recipient of the Diogenes Award for Excellence in media from the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois. In addition to that she won an Emmy for reporting during the 2012 NATO Summit.

Hope is as a visiting faculty member at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is a Journalism Advisory Board member at Columbia College and belongs to several journalism organizations including: Investigative Reporters and Editors Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, American Women in Radio and Television, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Outside journalism, her community involvement includes work in the arts. She is a member of the Leadership Advisory Council at the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art and Instituto Cervantes of Chicago. Hope's charitable work took her to Minneapolis on bicycle to participate in the 2001 Chicago AIDS Ride. She has been involved in several breast cancer awareness campaigns to promote early detection.

Hope received her B.S. degree in Broadcast Journalism/Political Science from Syracuse University in New York. She is the great-granddaughter of John Hope; the first African-American president of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. Hope is married and resides in the Chicago area.

Leah's Stories
Local Market grocery store in South Shore reopens after residents keep looters out
"This is what happens when you're a good neighbor and a part of this community," one neighbor said.
Cleanup efforts aim to help South Side communities heal after looting, violence
"The looting happened. It is a tragedy that it happened, but we're out here to correct that wrong," said resident Eboni Wilson.
Bronzeville neighborhood business destroyed by fire during weekend lootings
"People don't understand what it's like to put your all and it's all gone."
Elk Grove Village auto speaker maker ATrend pivots to produce PPE
This Elk Grove Village business has found a way to be of service and keep employees on payroll by pivoting what they manufacture.
Some Oak Park restaurants request street closure to accommodate outdoor dining
Some restaurant owners in Oak Park say creating outdoor space to operate could mean the difference between surviving or not.
Oak Park restaurant Live Cafe redesigns itself for coronavirus safety
Live Cafe's owner said she wanted to do her part to keep all her customers and employees safe, especially those who are black and brown.
Reopening Illinois: As small businesses open their doors, they find a shortage of workers
As small businesses struggle to survive during the COVID-19 pandemic, some are running into a new problem when they're cleared to open their doors: They can't find enough people to work
Coronavirus Illinois: Farmers struggling to survive due to soggy spring, low commodity prices
Illinois farmers are awaiting federal assistance as they struggle to survive COVID-19 and a soggy spring.
PPP Loans: Small business owners plead for more time to use funds as they wait to reopen
For businesses owners in the food industry, the eight-week window to use PPP loans in order for the funds to be forgiven is too short and they're pleading for more time.
New PPP loan forgiveness guidance leaves some Chicago small businesses with more questions
New guidance from the federal government on Payroll Protection Program loans is leaving some small business owners with even more questions.