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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 fresh coat of snow covers sidewalks and streets in the Jefferson Park neighborhood on Wednesday. Chicago got up to 6 inches in some spots, on top of several inches of snow from previous storms that had yet to melt. (Credit: CBS)

Skokie Students Hold Singing Protest Against The Weather

The weather is the subject of a protest march Saturday in Skokie.


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South Bend Police Consider New Technology To Pursue Suspects

The South Bend Police Department said it wants to learn more about new technology that could make dangerous high-speed chases a thing of the past.



Hundreds Take Part In Annual ‘Chiditarod’ Race, Fundraiser

Hundreds of people are pushing elaborately decorated shopping carts through the streets of Chicago today for the annual Chiditarod race and fundraiser.


These are the conditions Mayor Rahm Emanuel, "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon, and thousands of other volunteers have in store for them on Sunday when they take part in the annual Polar Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Ready To ‘Take A Whoopin’’ In Sunday’s Polar Plunge

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday he’ll know better than to bet against Chicago’s kids, after he ended up having to eat his words when he challenged them to read 2 million books last summer.

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Grocery Bagger Right Where She Wants To Be At Age 91

Retirement seems to be a state of mind for Clara Kahn, who, at the age of 91, says her job bagging groceries at Jewel “is retirement.”


Satellite image of ice coverage on Lake Michigan on Feb. 26, 2014. (Credit: NOAA)

Coast Guard Prepares For More Rescues On Icy Lake

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard station at Calumet Harbor have been training today for what they expect will be an increase in lake rescues in a season that’s already seen more people on the ice or in the water than usual.



City Adds More Crews To Repair Potholes

The city is putting more bodies behind the effort to keep up the terrible pothole season, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.


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Same-Sex Couples Line Up To Get Married At County Building

History was being made Saturday at the County Building where same-sex couples were lining up in marriage court to be among the first to tie the knot after a judge decided yesterday there was no reason they should have to wait until the law was to take effect on the first of June, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.


Melissa Calusinski (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Father Of Woman Convicted Of Killing Toddler Confident Case “Far From Over”

An Illinois Appellate Court panel has upheld the murder conviction of a Carpentersville woman accused of killing a 16-month-old boy at a Deerfield daycare center five years ago, but the woman’s father said it’s only a minor setback.

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Justin Bieber. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Chicago Teens Ask Justin Bieber For Help In Stopping Deportations

Some Chicago teenagers who are close to the immigration issue asked for the support of Justin Bieber for their cause today at a church in the heavily-Latino Pilsen neighborhood.


Rekeia Williams paid for this billboard for what would have been her son's 19th birthday. Williams has gotten personally involved in the investigation into her son's murder, and thinks more parents of murder victims should do the same. (Credit: CBS)

Murder Victim’s Mom Thinks Parents Need To Get Involved In Investigations

A Chicago woman who lost her son to street violence said if more parents were doing what she’s doing, police might be able to solve more murders.


The air traffic control tower is seen behind the departures level of Terminal 2 at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo credit: Mira Oberman/AFP/Getty Images)

Safety Group Founder Says NTSB Will Recommend New Plane Separation Rules At O’Hare

The founder of a Park Ridge group that advocates for safety and noise issues for people living near O’Hare Airport says the National Transportation Safety Board is issuing new guidelines to the FAA regarding the separation of planes, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.


Cardinal Francis George (Credit: CBS)

Cardinal George Discusses Church’s Future, Stays Quiet On His Own

The leader of the Catholic Church in Chicago, Francis Cardinal George discussed changes he sees on the horizon under Pope Francis, who is expected to name the Cardinal’s replacement this year.


A Lyft car sits at a stoplight. As ridesharing services like Lyft, Uber and SideCar become more popular, the taxi industry is pushing for tougher regulation of their new competition. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Cabbies Sue City Over Lack Of Regulation For Ride-Sharing Services

Taxi companies and drivers have sued the city of Chicago, claiming newly proposed regulations for competing ride-sharing companies don’t go far enough, and alleging the city has allowed an “unlawful taxi caste system” to emerge.


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New Research Shows Danger Of Cat Bites

New medical research has found that cat bites can be very serious requiring hospitalization and even surgery.


Patrick Gazley and Gardner Yost jump into Lake Michigan. (Credit: Mike Krauser.)

Pair Of Chicagoans Swim In Lake Michigan For Good Cause

A couple of North Side men took a dip today in the snow storm.


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel addressed the rising costs of snow removal this winter. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Emanuel Praises City Workers For Keeping Chicago Running During Winter Storms

Mayor Emanuel stopped by the Office of Emergency Communications at noon Saturday to thank city workers for keeping the city moving during the storm.


Krystle Dikes and Rachelle Godfread were fatally shot inside a grocery in Elkhart, Ind. (Photo supplied)

Family Of Elkhart Shooting Victim Commends Police

The family of Krystle Dikes, one of the victims of the shooting Wednesday night at a grocery store in Elkhart, had an emotional question-and-answer session today with reporters.


Brian Keller and Zach Quinn started "Love Your Melon," a non-profit that provides knit caps for cancer patients, as part of a class project. They're taking their project on a bus tour during a month-long break from college. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

College Students’ Cancer Charity Tour Comes To Chicago

Two college students’ class project has turned into a non-profit that aims to brighten the lives of young cancer patients, and – when possible – to put other college students in the patients’ shoes.


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St. Bernadette Among Catholic Schools Slated To Close

Two more Chicago-area Catholic Schools – in Evergreen Park and Midlothian – have been told by the Archdiocese they’ll be closing at the end of the current school year, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.