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.

A humorous ad citing facts about squirrels. (Credit: Ben Larrison.)

Humorous CTA Ads Want You To Know The Truth About Squirrels

Some new print ads on CTA Red Line trains seek to inject a little humor into the lives of riders, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

01/28/2015

Voters cast their ballots in suburban Chicago. (credit: Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Black Ministers Want To Get “Souls To The Polls” For Mayoral Election

A coalition of black churches in Chicago has launched a campaign to engage their congregations, and get people to vote in next month’s mayoral election.

01/28/2015

Illinois State Police Trooper Doug Balder (right), his wife  Kim (center), and his attorney Elizabeth Kaveny (left) speak to reporters about the January 2014 crash that left him severely injured, and killed an Illinois Tollway worker. Balder wants prosecutors to file reckless homicide charges against the trucker who allegedly fell asleep at the wheel, causing the fiery wreck. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM)

Trooper, Supporters Call For Reckless Homicide Charges In Fatal Truck Crashes

An Illinois State Police trooper injured in a fiery crash one year ago was pressing DuPage County prosecutors to file more serious criminal charges against the trucker who allegedly caused the wreck.

01/27/2015

Participants taking part in a "Polar Plunge" at North Avenue Beach. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

Polar Plunge Raises Money For Family Of Suburban Man With ALS

About 300 people took a cold dip in Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach Saturday after chipping away at the shelf ice to be able to get into the water, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

01/24/2015

The marquee at Wrigley Field on the passing of Cubs legend Ernie Banks. (Credit: Mike Krauser.)

Fans Mourn Loss Of ‘Mr. Cub’ Ernie Banks

Chicago Cubs fans and baseball fans all over are saddened by the death of Ernie Banks who died Friday night in Chicago at the age of 83.

01/24/2015

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Boy, 9, Shoots Sister, 11, With BB Gun

Riverside police and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services were investigating an incident in which a boy shot his sister with a BB gun.

01/21/2015

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Victory Auto Wreckers Looking For New TV Commercial

The iconic Victory Auto Wreckers television commercial turns 30 this spring, and the company is looking to have a little fun by holding a contest for aspiring directors to film a new ad.

01/20/2015

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Senator Durbin Traveling To Cuba With Congressional Delegation

Senator Dick Durbin is heading to Cuba this weekend with a congressional delegation, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

01/17/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner outlines his agenda after being sworn into office on Jan. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Illinois. Rauner is the first Republican governor in Illinois since 2003. (Credit: CBS)

Gov. Rauner Decries Quinn’s “Political Games” On Executive Orders

Governor Bruce Rauner has rescinded seven executive orders former Governor Pat Quinn issued in his final week in office.

01/17/2015

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Two Men Charged With Trying To Rob Same Pizza Deliveryman For Second Time

Two Chicago men are in jail after allegedly trying to rob a pizza delivery man for the second time, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

01/17/2015

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Lawmaker Proposes Ban On Drone Use In Hunting And Fishing

The use of drones for hunting has sparked debate across the country, as animal rights groups believe it is cruel, and many serious hunters believe it makes the sport too easy.

01/15/2015

Water leaking from underground froze into a huge sheet of ice on the 8900 block of South Eggleston Avenue. Neighbors said the leak went unfixed for weeks before city crews showed up to fix the problem. (Credit: Sharnia Lashley)

Water Leak Creates Icy Mess On Washington Heights Street

After losing patience with the city, due to weeks of waiting for someone to fix an underground water leak that turned their street into an icy mess, residents on a block in the Washington Heights neighborhood finally got the relief they sought on Wednesday.

01/14/2015

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Mayoral Candidates Denounce Red Light Camera Program At West Side Forum

The nation’s largest red light camera program, which has been discredited as being more about revenue than safety, came under heavy fire Saturday at a candidates’ forum on the West Side.

01/10/2015

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Thieves Target Four Cars Left Running To Warm Up In Hammond

The bitter cold is creating plenty of opportunities for car thieves who are finding easy pickings as people leave their vehicles running to warm up. WBBM’s Mike Krauser reports Hammond police are still sorting out a series of thefts that occurred Friday.

01/10/2015

Ice fishermen had already set up a shanty on the ice at Diversey Harbor on Jan. 9, 2015, even though at least one other fisherman said the ice was not thick enough to venture far onto the frozen surface of Lake Michigan. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM)

Fishermen Already Testing Ice On Lake Michigan

Ice fishermen have returned to some Chicago harbors, even though it might be a little early to be standing on the not-so-thick ice.

01/09/2015

John Connor (inset) came home to find debris and chunks of ice all over his floor, after a large block of ice crashed through his roof. (Credit: John Connors/Facebook)

Ice Chunk Smashes Through Ravenswood Manor Roof

When 51-year-old John Connors came home Thursday night, he found a mess of debris and chunks of ice all over his floor, and a hole in the ceiling of his apartment in the 4600 block of North Francisco Avenue.

01/09/2015

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Amtrak Passengers Furious At “Ridiculous” 13-Hour Delay

An Amtrak train headed from Chicago to New York and Boston was delayed for more than 13 hours, and scores of passengers were left scratching their heads, due to several conflicting explanations for the holdup.

01/08/2015

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Good Samaritan Rescues Bicyclist Pinned Under Truck

The woman was riding her bike near Roosevelt Road and Canal Street, when a pickup truck making a turn struck her, according to witnesses. She ended up pinned under the truck, and was having trouble breathing.

01/07/2015

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Independent Police Review Authority Supervisor Arrested For DUI New Year’s Day

An investigator who’s job it is to police the police is in trouble with the law.

01/03/2015

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Video Shows Near North Side 7-11 Being Vandalized

Chicago police are investigating an incident at a Near North Side 7-11 store during which three men videotaped themselves, vandalizing the place on Thursday morning, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

01/03/2015

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