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
Chicago pastor and wife brutally attacked on South Side; parts of ears bitten off
A beloved Chicago minister cleaning up outside his mother's property in Fernwood were brutally attacked and bitten by a man in the neighborhood.
Indiana mom, son bond after having same life-changing surgery decades apart
"Nobody really understands what I'm going through and what I have to go through still, but she does because she's been through it before, so it's really helpful."
Mother's Day flower shortage blamed on COVID-19 pandemic
"It's really whatever your florist has ordered in advance... and when they run out, they run out."
Chicago wedding vendors hold photo shoot to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, combat Asian hate
Several vendors showcased their creative businesses as they celebrated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - and to combat Asian hate.
Illinois eviction moratorium could be extended amid COVID-19 pandemic
Illinois eviction moratorium was set to expire May 1.
COPA concludes investigation into botched Chicago police raid of Anjanette Young's home
The Civilian Office of Police Accountability has concluded its investigation into the botched Chicago police raid of Anjanette Young's home.
Anthony Alvarez video: Body camera footage of deadly Chicago police shooting in Portage Park released to public
Video of Chicago police fatally shooting 22-year-old Anthony Alvarez in the Portage Park neighborhood last month was released to the public as his family and Mayor Lori Lightfoot call for calm.
DuSable Museum hate mail under investigation by Secret Service
Chicago's DuSable Museum has turned over hate mail letters to the U.S. Secret Service they received shortly after President Joe Biden's inauguration.
Jackie Robinson West, Little League settle lawsuit over stripped World Series championship title
Jackie Robison West, the young baseball team that captured America's attention in 2014, have a settlement with Little League International after their national championship title was taken awy.
Black police officers hope Derek Chauvin guilty verdict leads to widespread change in policing
"A lot of officers are tired of it," Retired CPD Sergeant Shawn Kennedy said. "This is a whole brand new day of policing, but what happened with George Floyd is nothing new. This has been happening for decades."