TV News Anchor and Reporter Hosea Sanders, is quickly becoming a welcoming attraction for Chicago's morning local news. Since his arrival at ABC 7 Chicago in August 1994, his dedication to journalism and broadcast television has helped increase viewership of the station's morning newscasts.
Sanders is following a long tradition of African American TV news anchor men who found a comfortable seat in front of the camera. During the past 20 years, Sanders have joined the ranks of Warner Saunders, Harry Porterfield and Clarence Page as one of the few leading African American journalists making historic progress as pioneers in Chicago broadcast news.
Hosea Sanders' anchor position at ABC 7 Chicago has given him many opportunities to tell stories with truth and compassion, winning six Emmy Awards from his presentation in live coverage, spot news, entertainment reporting, news writing and overall news achievement.
Sanders began his journalism career at Henderson State University in Arkansas, where he received his B.A. in Communications and Journalism in 1978. From his first broadcast stint in 1980 at KARK-TV Little Rock, to later traveling to Dallas and Los Angeles respectively, Sanders honed his skills in major local broadcast markets.
In addition to television news, Sanders has also found success in hosting local and civic television programs. While working as a reporter and weekend news anchor from 1986 to 1994 at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, Sanders hosted several weekly talk shows, such as Two The Point, Newsmakers and At Issue.
Besides his anchoring duties at ABC 7 Chicago, Sanders provide assignment reporting for the station's daily newscast, and hosts special programs such as the award winning high school quiz show Know Your Heritage. Sanders is also active in the Alpha Phi Alpha Big Brothers program, the Chicago Public Schools Mentoring Program, and the NAACP Mentoring Program.
Sanders leadership has garnered him several journalism awards including the 2001 Outstanding Communicator with Alpha Kappa Alpha's Monarch Award, and the Best Image in Chicago Television News Award, presented by the International Association of Image Consultants.
As part of our Chicago's Black History Vintage Video Series, we present a rarely seen video clip of a young Sanders in Los Angeles 1992, receiving the first of his many career Emmy Awards at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards ceremony.
Chicago's Black History Vintage Video Series, presented by Classic Soul Music Hits!, is a weekly series featured during Black History Month on ChicagoNow.com. Exclusive and rarely seen videos will be featured to enlighten viewers of the early accomplishments of Chicago's most notable African American talents.
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