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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.

The German submarine U-505 has been on display at the Museum of Science and Industry since 1954. (Scott Brownell, Museum of Science and Industry)

WWII Sailor Recalls Capture Of U-505: ‘All Hell Broke Loose’

One of the last surviving U.S. sailors who helped board and capture the German submarine U-505 during World War II was at the Museum of Science and Industry on Wednesday to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the U-boat’s capture.

06/04/2014

In this undated image provided by the U.S. Army, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl poses in front of an American flag. U.S. officials say Bergdahl, the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan, was exchanged for five Taliban commanders being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to published reports. Bergdahl is in stable condition at a Berlin hospital, according to the reports.  (Photo by U.S. Army via Getty Images)

Fallen Soldier’s Parents Want Bergdahl Tried For Desertion

The mother and stepfather of a Bartlett High School graduate killed in Afghanistan say their son died while searching for Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, and they want to see Bergdahl prosecuted for desertion.

06/04/2014

Six people were shot at a laundromat in the South Shore neighborhood on Monday. A seventh person injured her toe while running away from shooting. (Credit: CBS)

McCarthy: South Shore Laundromat Shooting Appears To Be Gang Related

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said the motive in a South Shore shooting that left six people wounded, including two teens, appears to be gang violence.

06/03/2014

Protesters stand off with police during protests against the NATO summit in Cjcago on May 20, 2012. (Photo credit should read Cengiz Yar Jr./AFP/GettyImages)

Cops To Treat ‘Wilding’ Teens ‘Like NATO Protesters’ To Avoid Trouble

Police are preparing use a tactic first developed to handle roaming protests during the NATO Summit two years ago to deal with a growing number of groups of teenagers attempting to wreak havoc on downtown streets and along the lakefront as summer sets in.

06/03/2014

View from the 31st Street Harbor on Lake Michigan in Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Search Picks Up Again After “Every Boater’s Nightmare”

Crews were out searching Lake Michigan again Tuesday morning for two boaters who have been missing since their boat caught fire and sunk in frigid water on Saturday night.

06/03/2014

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Kennel In Crown Point Shut Down As Dog’s Death Investigated

A Crown Point kennel has been shut down by officials in Lake County while the Sheriff’s Department conducts an investigation into the death of a dog that had been boarded there.

04/12/2014

A dog wandered onto the roof of a vacant home in Chatham; neighbors said the dog was there for three days before an Animal Control worker went up and got him down using a snare. (Credit: Mike Krauser/CBS)

City Worker Rescues Dog From Roof Of Vacant House

Neighbors said the dog had been up there for three days.

04/11/2014

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Volunteers Help Refurbish Home Of Injured Marine

A U.S. Marine whose career was cut short by a traumatic brain injury was getting his Stickney home refurbished by volunteers to make it more comfortable and accessible.

04/11/2014

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Charter School Parents, Students To Lobby State Lawmakers

Charter school advocates said at least 12 pieces of proposed legislation in Springfield would harm charter schools if approved.

04/08/2014

A Grant Park art installation called "Borders" which was hit by taggers. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

Teen Charged With Defacing Statues In Grant Park

The boy faces multiple charges, including felony criminal damage to property, for allegedly tagging 18 of 26 life-sized human statues in the “Borders” art installation in Grant Park.

04/08/2014

Cartons of mail ready to be sorted sit on a shelf at the U.S. Post Office sort center. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Postal Workers Demonstrate Against USPS Partnership With Staples

Roughly 200 postal workers and supporters picketed Saturday afternoon in front of a suburban Staples store, demonstrating against the postal service partnership with the office supply chain to provide some mail services.

04/05/2014

A Grant Park art installation called "Borders" which was hit by taggers. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

Taggers Deface Statues In Grant Park Art Installation

Vandals struck overnight in Grant Park, defacing a popular art installation of human figures in the park near the corner of Michigan and Jackson.

04/05/2014

Computer-generated rendering of a heliport planned for the Bridgeport neighborhood. (Credit: Chicago Helicopter Express)

Zoning Committee OKs Bridgeport Heliport Plan

A Wheeling company’s plan to build a heliport along the Chicago River in Bridgeport has cleared a major hurdle, and likely will be approved by the City Council on Wednesday, over the objections of some people who live nearby.

04/02/2014

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Man Hospitalized After Pit Bull Attack

A 58-year-old South Side man is hospitalized after being attacked by four pit bulls this morning in the Englewood neighborhood.

03/29/2014

Indiana State Police investigate after a gunman shot and killed two women at a grocery store. Officers shot and killed the suspect, after he pointed the gun at responding police.

Prosecutor: Elkhart Cops Were Justified Shooting Gunman In Supermarket Slayings

Shawn Walter Bair, 22, walked into Martin’s Super Market on Jan. 15, and shot and killed 20-year-old Krystle Dikes, a store employee; and 44-year-old Rachelle Godfread, a customer at the store.

03/27/2014

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Man Set Fire To West Side Home After Standoff With Police

A man who police said was suffering emotional distress allegedly threatened a neighbor, then set fire to his own West Side home as police were trying to coax him outside.

03/27/2014

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Northwest Indiana Cops Coordinating Anti-Drug Efforts On Highways

Indiana State Police said squad cars from various towns in northwest Indiana working outside their jurisdictions has nothing to do with catching speeders and boosting revenue – it’s about stopping drug traffickers.

03/27/2014

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Tragedy Inspires Non-Profit To Help Plano Family

A non-profit born of tragedy is helping a Plano family dealing with their own tragedy, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

03/25/2014

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)

Rideshare Firms Ask Judge To Toss Cab Companies’ Lawsuit

Ridesharing companies competing with cab drivers for fares were fighting back against a federal lawsuit seeking to force the city to regulate the new business the same way as traditional cab companies.

03/25/2014

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Five Charged With Rigging Video Gambling Machines At Harrah’s

A former Indiana couple and three Las Vegas residents have been charged with rigging video keno machines at Harrah’s Casino in southwest suburban Joliet so they paid five times the actual winnings.

03/22/2014

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