Tanja Babich
Tanja Babich anchors ABC 7 Chicago's Eyewitness News in the Morning from 4:30AM until 7AM and again from 11AM until noon. She joined the station as a general assignment reporter and contributing anchor in January, 2014. She was promoted to morning news anchor in September, 2016 and added the midday newscast to her schedule in June, 2018.

The Emmy Award-winning anchor brings a wealth of morning news experience and a rich cultural perspective to Chicago viewers. Babich is the Canadian-born daughter to immigrant parents from Chile and Serbia, and came to the U.S. as a first-generation college student. She proudly spoke about her heritage and living the "American Dream" when she became a United States citizen in April 2013.

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

Babich's most exhilarating news experience involved an almost hour-and-a-half-long flight with the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds, at one point, clocking 9.4Gs! Her stomach isn't well-suited for stunt-flying, but her sense of adventure is. Other career highlights include following Pope Francis on his first visit to the U.S., reporting from President Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009, and helping thousands of tradesmen and women to track down the person responsible for half-a-billion-dollars of labor union losses in the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. Above all, it has been the challenge and honor of her career, helping Chicago-area viewers to navigate the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and modern civil rights movement.

After graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government, Babich - who is fluent in French and speaks conversational Spanish and Serbian - nearly became an intelligence officer. A fortuitously timed public speaking engagement captured the attention of a city official who suggested a career in broadcasting instead. Within weeks, Babich applied, and was ultimately accepted, to the Master's Degree program at Northwestern University's prestigious Medill School of Journalism.

Babich is acutely aware of the privilege afforded by her work and tries to pay it forward. She is a board member of HFS Chicago Scholars, which provides financial and mentoring support to deserving area high school students, and she is also the founder of Lake Affect Chicago, a kids camping retreat in partnership with The Wood Family Foundation and Camp Wandawega in Elkhorn, WI. Babich has also enjoyed lending her voice to narrate the stories of exceptional women in history on two episodes of the Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls podcast.

Babich is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She lives in Chicago with her husband and three daughters.

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

Tanja's Stories
Chicago 40+ Double Dutch club offers women fun exercise option, sisterhood
"You forget all your problems and everything when you're out here. And I was just so blessed to find this group," said Storm Barton, 49.
Elmhurst father, daughter struck by lightning on spring break: 'I thought my dad was dead'
"I thought my dad was dead for about 10 seconds there while I was lying on the pavement trying to figure out whether I had died."
Lindblom High School students learning to take action on climate change
The young people of Chicago are tackling climate change by taking action.
How to build an 'ofrenda' altar to honor loved ones for Dia de los Muertos
Marilyn Corral of the National Museum of Mexican Art demonstrates how to honor loved ones by building an "ofrenda" for Dia de los Muertos.
Swap-O-Rama COVID mobile clinic in Back of the Yards reaches vaccine-hesitant Latino community
"The boots on the ground are the most effective reaching our community," said Esther Corpuz, CEO, Alivio Medical Center.
Navigating anxiety while returning to pre-COVID-19 activities
A return to normalcy can be easier said than done. Fifteen months of masking, social distancing and - in some cases - isolation can take a toll.
Suburban nonprofit Reclaim 13 helps human trafficking survivors overcome the unthinkable
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, human trafficking happens in every U.S. state, and it disproportionately affects women and girls.
North suburban pair become some of 1st female Eagle Scouts: 'an opportunity for young women to feel empowered'
A north suburban pair became some of the first female Eagle Scouts, calling it "an opportunity for young women to feel empowered."
Tanja Babich, ABC 7 Chicago anchor, wears glasses on-air to support daughter
"Just be yourself, authentically and unapologetically, the rest will work itself out," she said.
Naperville woman shares heartbreak after losing father to COVID-19
Naperville woman is sharing her heartbreak after recently losing her only parent to COVID-19.