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.

Activists say this OEMC van was equipped with Stingray eavesdropping technology. (Credit: Twitter user Page May.)

Activists Say Chicago Police Used ‘Stingray’ Eavesdropping Technology During Protests

Activists who have been protesting in Chicago claim they have proof that police have been using so-called Stingray technology to eavesdrop on their phones, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

12/06/2014

Father Michael Pfleger talks with CBS 2 at an anti-violence event. (CBS)

Pfleger Wants Churches To Lead Protests Of Ferguson, NYC Police Killing Cases

Activist priest Michael Pfleger was urging churches everywhere to take time out of services on Sunday for some civil disobedience, as a response to the second case of a grand jury failing to indict a white police officer involved in the death of an unarmed black man.

12/04/2014

Natural Gas Flame

Peoples Gas Restores Service To Dozens In Beverly And Morgan Park

Peoples Gas crews were spending the day dealing with two gas line issues in the Beverly and Morgan Park neighborhoods on Thursday.

12/04/2014

Brian Church, Jared Chase and Brent Vincent Betterly

Prosecutors Give Alvarez Arson Award For Prosecuting “NATO 3″

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez was among several people honored by her own prosecutors Wednesday for their efforts to put arsonists behind bars, for her controversial decision to prosecute the so-called “NATO 3″ on terrorism charges for a plot to use Molotov cocktails ahead of the NATO Summit two years ago.

12/03/2014

Waukegan public school teachers picket outside Waukegan East High School after going on strike. (Credit: CBS)

Waukegan Alderman Calls Teachers “Lazy” For Not Removing Strike Ribbons

More than a month after a month-long teachers strike in Waukegan, tempers were still flaring at a City Council meeting, with one alderman calling teachers “lazy” for not removing solidarity ribbons they placed around Waukegan during their walkout.

12/03/2014

Coyote (Getty Images)

Cameras Show Chicago Coyotes Adapting To City Life

An Ohio State University wildlife ecologist who’s been studying Chicago’s coyotes for about 15 years has published some new research that shows how they’ve adapted so well to life in the city.

12/02/2014

The protestors laid down in the street outside Rainbow Push HQ. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

Rev. Jesse Jackson Leads Ferguson Protest Outside Rainbow Push HQ

Rev. Jesse Jackson led a protest of the Ferguson, Missouri Michael Brown decision Saturday, blocking traffic on Chicago’s South Side and demanding the federal government do what the grand jury did not.

11/29/2014

A nativity scene is displayed in Daley Plaza next to the Christkindlmarket German Christmas festival.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Volunteers Assemble Daley Plaza Nativity Scene

For three decades, a couple dozen volunteers have gathered on this day on the Daley Plaza for what some feel is an obligation.

11/29/2014

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Two Wounded In I-57 Shooting

Two people were wounded early Saturday morning in a shooting along I-57 in the south suburbs, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

11/29/2014

Protesters upset with a  grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, staged a protest at Water Tower Plaza on Black Friday, calling for a boycott of corporate retailers. (Credit: Black Youth Project 100)

Ferguson Protesters Take Over Water Tower Plaza, Urge Black Friday Boycott

Dozens of activists staged a demonstration Friday morning at the Historic Chicago Water Tower on Michigan Avenue, calling for a boycott to protest the controversial grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri.

11/28/2014

A city of Chicago red light camera (Credit: CBS)

Illinois Supreme Court Dismisses Red Light Camera Lawsuit

The Illinois Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the legality of Chicago’s red light camera system, after two justices recused themselves from the case, and the rest couldn’t agree on a ruling.

11/20/2014

A plane arrives at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Noise From New Flight Patterns At O’Hare Costs Family $15K Nest Egg

As they saved up $15,000 over the course of more than a decade, Colleen and Peter Mulcrone dreamed of renovating their Jefferson Park home, with a new kitchen and other upgrades, but the city’s expansion of nearby O’Hare International Airport prompted them to put those dreams on hold.

11/20/2014

Chick-Fil-A's only Chicago store on Chicago Avenue in the Near North neighborhood. The store wants to build a second store in Logan Square, but the local alderman plans to block that store, over the company president's anti-gay comments. (Credit: CBS)

Animal Rights Group Claims Abuse By Koch Foods, Chick-Fil-A

Backed by undercover video recorded at chicken processing facilities owned by Chicago-based Koch Foods, an animal rights group was calling out the company and Chick-Fil-A to adopt more humane practices.

11/19/2014

Frigid air over the relatively warm water of Lake Michigan combined to create swirling fog and mist on the lake early Tuesday. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM)

Frigid Air Brings Swirling Fog To Lakefront

Tuesday morning’s frigid weather created something of a spectacle along the lakefront. The bitter cold air over the relatively warm water of the lake created fog that swirled in the wind.

11/18/2014

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Open Enrollment Period For Affordable Care Act Begins

Today is the start of open enrollment for 2015 healthcare coverage under the embattled Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and across Illinois there have been sign-up events where people can get help navigating the system, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

11/15/2014

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Police Searching For Man Who Attacked Jogger In Arlington Heights

Police in Arlington Heights are looking for the man who attacked a jogger last night and they believe he’s done the same thing before, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

11/15/2014

Four people were injured in a hotel fire in East Garfield Park. (Credit: CBS)

Four Injured After West Side Hotel Fire

At least four people were injured after a two-alarm fire at an East Garfield Park hotel Saturday morning, including one person who jumped from the building.

11/15/2014

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Group Still Pushing To Stage Christmas-Themed Haunted House In Lombard

The Village Board rejected the permit based, in part, on concerns about added traffic.

11/14/2014

Christmas Haunted House

Lombard Group Fighting To Keep Christmas-Themed Haunted House

The Lombard Village Board said it rejected a permit for a Christmas-themed haunted house based, in part, on concerns about added traffic.

11/14/2014

Michael Rivers. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Police Discover Loaded AK-47, Crack Cocaine During Home-Monitoring Check On West Side

Cook County Sheriff’s officers doing a home-monitoring check on Chicago’s West Side found an assault rifle and drugs in the home of a man who is now calling home the county jail, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

11/08/2014

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