Tanja Babich
Tanja Babich anchors ABC 7 Chicago's Eyewitness News in the Morning from 4:30 AM until 7 AM. She first joined the station as a general assignment reporter and contributing anchor in January 2014, and was promoted to morning news anchor in September 2016.

Babich brings a wealth of morning news experience to Chicago viewers. She is a skilled reporter who is just as comfortable covering breaking news out in the community as she is anchoring 2 1/2 hours of news behind the anchor desk.

Before coming to Eyewitness News, Babich anchored Syracuse, New York's top-rated morning newscast on WYSR-TV for nearly three years. Prior to that, she juggled morning news reporting with hosting the market's only weekday morning talk show, which highlighted community events, people and trends.

Career highlights include covering Pope Francis' first visit to the U.S. in New York and Philadelphia, and the Chicago area residents who traveled to see the Pope; reporting in Washington D.C. from President Obama's inauguration in 2009; and, breaking news that affected labor unions across New York State in the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme.

After graduating from Cornell University, Babich originally interviewed to become an intelligence officer. A public speaking engagement captured the attention of a city official who then suggested a career in broadcasting. A few weeks later, she applied and was accepted to Northwestern University's prestigious journalism program.

Babich has a Master's Degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from Cornell University.

The daughter of a Chilean mother and Serbian father, Babich is fluent in French and speaks conversational Spanish and Serbian. She recently volunteered to take a courageous flight with the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds, an experience she says she'll never forget, but may not replicate. Babich admits to being an avid yoga practitioner, a terrible dancer and a lover of food and wine. She is a native of Toronto, Canada. Babich is a proud mother and wife who loves living in Chicago with her husband and three daughters.

Find Tanja on Facebook and Instagram: @tanjababich
Twitter: @BabichABC7

Tanja's Stories
Hamilton Chicago: What's next for cast, crew as show heads for final curtain?
"Hamilton" Chicago is getting closer to its final curtain call in January and cast members are starting to look ahead at what comes next.
'My name is Philip': Beatboxing 101 with 'Hamilton' Chicago Music Director Mike Moise
Learn the sounds of the musical "Hamilton" with ABC7 Chicago.
'Hamilton' star Miguel Cervantes says daughter's severe epilepsy has changed priorities from acting to advocacy
Chicago "Hamilton" star Miguel Cervantes was catapulted him to local stardom, but a heart-wrenching family struggle has kept him grounded and focused on what's most important.
Tanja Babich welcomes baby girl
ABC7 is celebrating the newest member of the Morning Show family!
Blaine Elementary students surprise beloved lunch lady, Miss Janet
Janet Hartu, or "Miss Janet" as students call her, has staffed the lunch line at Blaine Elementary School for the last decade. She knows every student's name and which students have food allergies. She can also suss out how a kid is feeling on any given day.
Black Restaurant Week spotlight: Friistyle in Bronzeville
Friistyle has been open for six months drawing a steady stream of visitors with its Belgian-style Pomme Frites.
Boy, 8, donates $8K to Lurie Children's Hospital
Wyatt Hare, 8, made a big donation to Lurie Children's Hospital, where he was a patient only a few years ago.
Holiday Shopping: Tanja Babich's Favorite Things
Tanja Babich loves shopping for the holidays, especially when the gift is handmade and supports a local business. She shared a few of her favorites to help viewers wrap up their gift-buying for the season.
Answers to common breast cancer screening and prevention questions
About one in eight women will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
Erie House focuses on empowering Latino community
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we're focusing on a local program impacting the Latino community.