Mike Krauser

krauser Mike KrauserMike Krauser has been a reporter, anchor, producer, writer, managing editor and news director during a career that started in Chicago in the late 1980’s.

His first love is reporting, “Telling stories on the radio,” he says, “doesn’t feel like work at all. It’s pure fun.” Mike got his start in radio in 1988 at the upstart all-news station WMAQ (670-AM).

He went on to anchor the afternoon news on “Chicago’s Finest Rock, WXRT (93.1 FM), and can still be heard there from time to time. He spent about ten years in management before returning to reporting.

His reports on WBBM Newsradio 780 can be heard throughout the day. He also works for CBS 2 TV in Chicago as a field producer, writer and assignment editor.

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Garcia Campaign Blasts Photo Of Gang Leaders As Smear Tactic

A photograph showing mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia with two purported gang leaders, according to his campaign, is nothing more than a smear attempt by his opponents.

03/31/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia (left) gives a thumbs up sign after voting on election day. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (right) greets supporters at an election day rally. Garcia forced a runoff election with Emanuel, to be held in April. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Mayor Emanuel Courts Black Vote At South Side Rally

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was courting votes in the Black community Saturday, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

03/28/2015

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Boaters Gear Up For Season At Yachtapalooza

The thermometer may disagree, but a lot of people are gearing up for the coming boating season.

03/28/2015

The Riff Music Lounge. (Credit: CBS)

One Killed, One Wounded In Nightclub Shooting

One man was killed and another wounded at a south side nightclub early Saturday morning, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

03/28/2015

An e. coli epidemic traced to California spinach killed three people in 2006 and sickened 199 people in 26 states.

Lansing Spinach Supplier Closing Shop

A south suburban farm that is a major supplier of spinach to Jewel grocery stores has told employees it is shutting down after more than 90 years in business.

03/27/2015

Hundreds of bags filled with soiled diapers have been dumped in at least five areas in rural LaPorte County, Indiana. (Credit: LaPorte County Sheriff/Facebook)

Sheriff Seeks Help Finding Out Who’s Dumping Diapers Along LaPorte County Roads

Jail inmates on a roadside cleanup crew filled the bed of a pickup truck at just one of the five locations where dirty diapers – a mixture of infant and adult diapers – have been dumped in rural LaPorte County, Indiana.

03/27/2015

A manhole cover in Flossmoor. (Credit: Pamela Jones)

Basketball Fans Should Be Safe From Flying Manhole Covers In Indianapolis

An Indianapolis power company says it is installing more locking manhole covers ahead of next week’s men’s Final Four, following recent underground explosions.

03/26/2015

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Sanitary District Cop Caught On Tape Talking About Sleeping And Drinking On The Job

The Better Government Association has released tapes it obtained of a Metropolitan Water Reclamation District police officer who accidentally left his radio microphone open last year, talking about how politically-connected employees get away with avoiding work.

03/26/2015

Martese Johnson (Photo from Facebook)

Rainbow PUSH Calls On Feds To Investigate Arrest Of College Student From Chicago

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is calling for a civil rights investigation into the videotaped run-in that a 20-year-old Chicago man had Alcoholic Beverage Control Agents at the University of Virginia, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

03/21/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia (left) gives a thumbs up sign after voting on election day. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (right) greets supporters at an election day rally. Garcia forced a runoff election with Emanuel, to be held in April. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

With Just Over Two Weeks To Go, Emanuel, Garcia Out Vying For Voters

With just a little over two weeks before the runoff election, the candidates for mayor have been criss-crossing the city looking for votes, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

03/21/2015

Officers with the Mounted Unit of the Chicago Police Department have been spotted routinely dumping horse manure in Jackson Park, in violation of department rules. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM)

Mounted Officers Caught Improperly Dumping Horse Manure In Jackson Park

On any given day, Mounted Unit officers can be seen stopping in Jackson Park, and shoveling horse manure from their trailers onto Park District property along the golf course – on the street, curb, grass, and around trees.

03/20/2015

Dorothy Byrd and Leon Krynicki both died after becoming ill on the same day at a South Holland nursing home. A total of six people were hospitalized from the center that day, and three have died. (Supplied photos)

Source: Assisted Living Facility Tied To Three Deaths Might Have Been Understaffed

Three employees of a South Holland assisted living facility have been removed from their jobs, after an elderly woman died from an overdose of pain medication. Two other residents who were hospitalized the same day also have died, and understaffing might have been an issue.

03/19/2015

Two men were pronounced dead at the scene after a drive-by shooting in the Austin neighborhood. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

West Side Activists Want To Meet With McCarthy To Discuss Violence

Activists in the Austin neighborhood have demanded a meeting with Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, to come up with solutions to violent crime in a community that has more murders than any other.

03/18/2015

A vacant building in the 900 block of West 59th Street, owned by aldermanic candidate Stephanie Coleman, has been targeted for demolition by the city for unsafe conditions. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM)

Protesters Slam 16th Ward Candidate For Ownership Of “Disgusting” Vacant Building

The hotly contested race for alderman of the 16th Ward saw a little political theater on Tuesday, outside one candidate’s Englewood campaign office.

03/17/2015

Neven. (Credit: Midwest Animal Rescue & Services Facebook)

Missing Dog Found Dead In River Grove

We have an update on a story we reported two weeks ago about a Chicago veterinarian who had claimed a puppy she adopted from a rescue organization in Minnesota was stolen from her car, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

03/14/2015

The Reverend Willie Barrow, co-founder of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition in 2001, at a conference at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition National Office in Chicago. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Newsmakers)

Funeral Services Set For Rev. Willie Barrow

Purple and black bunting hung from the façade of Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters on Friday, in memory of the woman known as “The Little Warrior.”

03/13/2015

A taxi navigates the city streets on September 8, 2011 in Chicago.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

City Hall Bills Cabbie $10,000 After Lawsuit Dismissed

A Chicago cab driver who sued the city in an effort to get cabbies classified as government employees has been slapped with a $10,000 bill for the city’s legal costs.

03/12/2015

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South Suburban Mayors Reaching Out To Enlist African American Organ Donors

Mayors from the south suburbs have teamed up with the Gift of Hope organ donation network, in a campaign aimed at increasing the numbers of organ donors in the black community, where far fewer are donors, and many more are in need of transplants.

03/11/2015

Hundreds pushed decorated shopping cars during the 10th annual Chiditarod. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

10th Annual Chiditarod Collects Food, Money For Charity

WBBM’s Mike Krauser reports 139 teams, nearly 700 people, pushed decorated shopping carts at the start of the Chiditarod in the 1900 block of West Hubbard.

03/07/2015

The aftermath of a single-car crash in Aurora that left a woman dead and four others hurt early Saturday. | Network Video Productions

One Woman Killed, Four Injured In Aurora Crash

Aurora police say alcohol was believed to be a factor in a single-vehicle crash Saturday morning that left a Chicago woman dead and four passengers seriously injured. WBBM’s Mike Krauser reports.

03/07/2015

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