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
Suburban mom turns daughter's hair care, skin irritation struggles into small business
Renosha Hill discovered most children's hair care products irritated her 8-year-old daughter's skin. So she started her own small business to create a solution.
USPS delays: Bronzeville building receives mail month and half late, South Shore residents still waiting
Some residents of this Bronzeville building had planned to protest no mail for over a month but Tuesday, they said the finally received their mail.
PPP loans open up for Chicago's smallest businesses
The administration is establishing a two-week window in which only businesses with fewer than 20 employees can apply for the forgivable loans.
41 Chicago monuments under review for possible removal; city launches website seeking feedback
Chicago residents are being asked to weigh in on 41 monuments around the city following last summer's protests.
Search for missing dog who escaped Avondale vet made harder by winter storm
The search for a missing dog has been made even harder as another winter storm bears down on Chicago.
New West Side computer lab aims to inspire, educate youth while honoring Laquan McDonald
A new technology center in Chicago will bring more resources to the city's west side, while also honoring the legacy of Laquan McDonald.
Valentine's Day gives small businesses a boost
During the pandemic, some people are supporting local businesses as they find ways to make their loved ones feel special.
Dr. Laura Berman says son died of overdose on drugs bought on social media
Dr. Laura Berman said her 16-year-old son died from what appeared to be a fentanyl overdose from laced drugs she thinks he bought through social media.
Greater Chicago Food Depository announces $2.6M in grants to expand food access
The Greater Chicago Food Depository is using $2.6 million in grants to open four new food pantries and improve 22 existing food pantries to provide a better emergency food system.
Ride along with Chicago BACP investigator inspecting restaurant COVID-19 protocols
ABC7 followed a city investigator as she visited some businesses to review their COVID-19 protocols as part of the city's newly-expanded Active Compliance Program focusing on restaurants.