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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.

An explosion destroyed this house in Oak Lawn on Saturday morning. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

Police Questioning Man In Oak Lawn House Explosion

An Oak Lawn man is being questioned by police following an arson fire and explosion this morning that destroyed a home.


Rory McIlroy attempts a putt on the sixth hole green during the first round of the World Golf Championships - Accenture Match Play at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain on February 21, 2013 in Marana, Arizona. Round one play was suspended on February 20 due to inclimate weather and is scheduled to be continued today. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Believe It Or Not, Dozens Have Signed Up To Play Golf On Sunday

Cold? What cold? More than 100 golfers have signed up for the annual Eskimo Open at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont this weekend.


Parking Dibs After Blizzard

With Major Snow Comes Chicago Tradition: Chairs, Orange Cones — Anything — To Mark ‘Dibs’

Some streets end up looking like winter block parties, with all of the chairs. WBBM also saw two-gallon buckets, two-by-fours, boxes and a container of antifreeze used to mark excavated parking spaces.


About 30 people jumped in Lake Michigan to raise money for charity. (Credit: CBS)

Brave Souls Celebrate New Year With Polar Plunge Into Lake Michigan

Some said they do it for personal reasons. For others, a dip in icy waters of Lake Michigan is an excruciating New Years Day tradition to raise money.


A funeral procession for Cook County Sheriff's Police Officer Cuauhtemoc Estrada.  (Credit: Mike Krauser)

Funeral Held For Slain Cook County Sheriff’s Officer

Over the course of six hours, some 1,500 attendees — family, friends, saddened strangers and law enforcement officers — would file through to pay their respects to the 50-year-old officer killed just days before Christmas, as he walked up on two armed men robbing his daughter, and tried to protect her.



Cabbies Create Pin-Up Calendar To Fund Lawsuit Against City

The pin-up calendar was created by Melissa Callahan, a cabbie who argues cab drivers should be considered city employees.


A fire displaced at least three residents from a Throop Street home Christmas morning. (Mike Krauser/CBS)

Family Displaced By Christmas Morning Fire In Englewood

A man identifying himself as Richard stood on a neighbor’s porch, as firefighters put out the fast-moving fire and tossed smoldering furniture out the first floor windows.


Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson congratulates the recipients of the dollar homes program. (Credit: City of Gary)

Gary Announces Dollar Home Lottery Winners

The city of Gary has six new home-owners today… chosen in a lottery to purchase homes for a dollar each.


A handicapped parking placard. (CBS)

New Disability Parking Rules Go Into Effect Jan. 1

Free parking at meters is about to go away from some holders of disability parking placards, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.


Hadiya Pendleton (Supplied to CBS)

Parents Of Murdered Teen Hold Toy Drive To Honor Her Memory

The parents of a murdered Chicago teenager are helping children who have lost siblings to violence today, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.


Mohammed Abdul Azim Hakeem (left) and Mohammed Abdul Mubeen Hakeem (right) with their father Mohammed Abdul Hakeem (in wheelchair). [Photo Supplied to CBS]

Family Of Murdered Evanston Brothers Not Convinced Case Is Closed

The mother and sister of two Evanston brothers who were murdered in July don’t believe that police solved the case when an officer shot and killed a bank robbery suspect earlier this week.


Operation Santa

Families Of Cops Who Were Killed Or Injured Get Visit From Santa

The families of Chicago Police officers who were killed or badly injured are getting special visits this weekend, as the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation carries out the 7th annual Operation Santa, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.


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Family Of Murder Victim Searching For Tips To Find Killer

A grieving mother has been out leafleting a north-west side neighborhood today in the hopes that someone will help to solve the October 29th murder of her 23-year-old son.


The Salvation Army's Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in the West Pullman neighborhood. (Credit: Facebook)

Salvation Army Community Center Merges Arts, Sports, Education

On Chicago’s Far South Side, there’s a Salvation Army facility unlike anything in the area, where arts and sports combine with life skills to create success stories.


File photo of girl holding candle at a vigil. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Chicagoans Affected By Violence To Gather At Vigils Thursday Night

Chicago-area people touched by violence will gather on the South and West Sides Thursday night as part of the National Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence.


Cow Auction

Animal Abuse Allegations Prompt Nestle To Cut Ties With Wis. Dairy Farm

Nestle has informed a Wisconsin supplier of cheese for its DiGorno and Jack’s frozen pizzas it will no longer accept it’s cheese after an animal rights group documented the abuse of cows.


Dallas Wiens appeared in Chicago on Wednesday Dec. 4, 2013. (Mike Krauser/CBS)

Face-Transplant Recipient: ‘My Entire Story Is A Miracle’

Dallas Wiens asks that people consider donating their faces, much like they might agree to donate their organs if they happen to die prematurely.


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

Registration Effort Aimed At Getting Chicago High School Students To Vote

With 17-year-old’s now eligible to vote in Illinois, there’s going to be a massive registration effort in the schools ahead of the March primaries.


People look through a Franklin Park home for free items. (Credit: Brian Ragnall)

Man Gives Away House Full Of Possessions In Franklin Park

People who saw an ad on Craigslist thought it was too good to be true: A house full of possessions, free for the taking. But it was true and about fifty people showed up this morning a cleared the place out, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.


Brodney Serrano, 3, is recovering from a brain injury over the summer. (La Rabida Children's Hospital)

Boy, 3, Celebrates Thanksgiving Following Traumatic Brain Injury

When WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser visited, a smiling Brodney Serrano was surrounded by family.