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
US Rep. Jonathan Jackson faces criticism for comments made about Chicago Fire Department
Congressman Jonathan Jackson was recorded at a private event alleging some white firefighters in the past would let homes in predominantly African-American neighborhoods burn.
Mother-daughter prom held in honor of fallen Chicago Police Officer Aréanah Preston
A prom event Wednesday in the south suburbs was especially meaningful for the mother of fallen Chicago Police Officer Aréanah Preston as the event paid tribute to her memory.
Blue Island Police Department to swear in its 1st officer who is a DACA recipient
A Blue Island woman who came to the U.S. as a child, and was allowed legal status to work through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, is taking the oath to serve and protect.
Berwyn teacher uses LightSound to 'show' visually impaired students 2024 solar eclipse
An instructional coach at Morton West High School was able to get a LightSound device in time for Monday's solar eclipse so his students with visual impairments could experience it.
Advocates want work permits for all undocumented immigrants and DACA applicants, not just migrants
Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson met with community groups Thursday who are pushing to extend work permits to all undocumented immigrants, not just migrants.
Palestinian American doctor from Chicago explains why he walked out of meeting with President Biden
A Palestinian American doctor, who lives in Chicago, is explaining why he walked out of a meeting with President Joe Biden Tuesday.
FEMA hosts urban flooding summit in Chicago as concerns linger ahead of storm season
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is hosting an urban flood summit through Wednesday in Chicago, as concerns about flooding continue in the area.
Historic Lawson House Chicago creates affordable housing for homeless population in Gold Coast
The Lawson House first opened in the 1930s as a YMCA on West Chicago Avenue. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its cultural and architectural legacy.
Chicago holds Good Friday stations of the cross procession in Little Village ahead of Easter
Christians in Chicago and around the world are observing Good Friday. Many took part Friday in the living stations of the cross tradition in Little Village.
Fenton HS board to discuss 'affirming administrative leave' for superintendent at special meeting
According to the district website, the school board has called a special meeting for Friday, and the agenda includes an item that says, "Affirming the Administrative Leave for Superintendent James Ongtengco."