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
Jussie Smollett trial: Prosecution rests case after star witness testimony from Osundairo brothers
Osundairo, who worked as a stand-in on "Empire," said he and his brother agreed because he felt indebted to Smollett for helping him with his acting career.
Jussie Smollett trial begins nearly 3 years after alleged hoax attack, jury seated
Jussie Smollett's trial began Monday nearly three years after the former "Empire" actor reported he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack in Chicago.
Avalon Park residents forced out of fire-damaged building: 'I have nowhere to go'
"I'm 67 years old and I have nowhere to go in three days," resident Theresa Johnson said. "You tell us to jump up and go out, where are we going to go?"
Amniotic fluid embolism: Chicago area mom, baby survive rare but often fatal birth complication
"The fact that we came out of this, if you look at the statistics, it's very rare," mom Jamie Miller said. "So I'm just very grateful."
'Worse than before pandemic': Holiday travel rush underway as many gather for Thanksgiving
A holiday travel study found for the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the median airfare was one-way was $80 higher than a typical day this month. However, bus and train fares are substantially lower than on the Wednesday before.
CPS removes 12 Marine Leadership Academy staff members, volunteer after sex misconduct investigation
CPS has removed 12 employees and a volunteer from Marine Leadership Academy who have been accused in a sexual misconduct investigation.
UChicago grad Shao Xiong 'Dennis' Zheng remembered for 'extraordinary impact' at memorial
"My poor son, when the evil bullet hit your young chest, when you were lying with blood all over your body on a foreign soil, you must felt so helpless in that cold street," his mother said in Mandarin.
USPS hiring for peak season and beyond as military holiday shipping deadline approaches
If you're looking to send multiple items to one location, experts suggest sending smaller parcels rather than one big box.
Black and Powerful: Denise Gardner
"Not in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be in this position," said Gardner.
Supply chain issues, labor shortages drive up food prices, limits variety as Thanksgiving nears
Supply chain issues and labor shortages are driving prices up across the country, making the cost of much of the holiday season much higher.