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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.

Someone dumped four piles of trash and meat along a fence near 49th Street and Hamlin Avenue, at the edge of Curie Park. The rotting meat sat there for more than a week while neighbors waited for city crews to clean up the mess. (Credit: Mike Krauser/CBS)

Rotting Meat Creates Disgusting Mess Near Curie H.S.

After more than a week of letting piles of rotting meat stink up part of the Archer Heights neighborhood, crews finally arrived Thursday morning to get rid of the disgusting mess.

06/26/2014

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City Holds Taste Of Chicago Preview In Daley Plaza

There were some long lines Wednesday during lunch on the Daley Plaza as the city presented a Taste of the Taste of Chicago.

06/25/2014

The "Dixmoor Five" were men who were wrongfully convicted of a murder they didn't commit. (CBS)

‘Dixmoor 5′ Settle Lawsuit Against State Police For $40M

Five men wrongfully convicted of rape and murder in the infamous “Dixmoor 5” case have agreed to settle their federal lawsuit against Illinois State Police for $40 million.

06/25/2014

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Environmentalists Urge Congress To Strengthen Clean Water Act

Environment Illinois campaign director Lisa Nikodem said the group’s “Wasting Our Waterways” report reveals there’s a lot of work to be done to prevent pollution of waterways that feed into Lake Michigan.

06/19/2014

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

Critic Accuses FAA Of Hiding Truth About Noise From O’Hare Expansion

In light of a report that the FAA originally released inaccurate information about how new flight paths at O’Hare International Airport would affect people who live nearby, critics of the airport expansion project are demanding new public hearings on airport noise.

06/19/2014

Fossil meteorites embedded in limestone from Sweden fell to earth 500 million  years ago. (Credit: Mike Krauser/CBS)

Rare Fossil Meteorites To Go On Display At Field Museum

They were found in a limestone quarry in Sweden in the 1950s. They sat in an office for three decades until an expert noticed them and determined they’re meteorites.

06/18/2014

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Police: Man Claimed He Accidentally Stabbed Elderly Woman To Death

Daniel Shoffner, 47, has been charged with murder in the death of 73-year-old Birdie Elder, whose body was found inside a freezer in the home they shared.

06/18/2014

Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon talks about the effects concussions have had on his health, including dementia and severe migraines, which led to thoughts of suicide. (Credit: Mike Krauser/CBS)

McMahon: ‘I Wouldn’t Be Here’ If I Kept Guns At Home

Former Bears quarterback Jim McMahon was in Chicago on Tuesday ahead of the Sports Legacy Institute’s first annual Chicago gala Wednesday evening, when he’ll be honored for becoming a public face of concussions in the NFL.

06/17/2014

Children have the opportunity to drive an excavator during the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek on June 13, 2012 in Hamilton, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

Archaeological Dig Examines Outhouse Contents At Aurora’s Oldest Home

WBBM’s Mike Krauser reports they have been digging in two locations on the property where there were once outhouses dating to 1857 and 1870.

06/14/2014

The Ohio/Ontario feeder ramp to the Kennedy Expressway is being torn down, because it is structurally deficient. (Credit: Bart Shore/CBS)

Neighbors Fed Up From News Chopper Noise Near Kennedy Construction

Some people who live near the bridge project underway over the Kennedy Expressway have just about had it with the TV news coverage, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

06/14/2014

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Rahm Still Thinks Trump Sign Tasteless, But Not Trying To Take It Down

Regardless of what Mayor Rahm Emanuel or many other Chicagoans might think of the new TRUMP sign emblazoned on the side of the 96-story Trump International Hotel & Tower, it appears the sign is here to stay.

06/13/2014

Hadiya Pendleton (Supplied to CBS)

“Hadiya’s Promise” Seeks To Be A Voice For Change

Nearly a year and a half after her tragic murder, Hadiya Pendleton’s parents have launched a national non-profit in her name, with the goal of saving other children.

06/13/2014

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Long-Lost Dog Found In Rogers Park To Be Reunited With Owner In D.C.

A pug who escaped from his owners’ back yard in Chicago three years was being reunited with his family, thanks to the help of a Chicago Police officer who found him earlier this week.

06/11/2014

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Business Advocacy Group Holds Impromptu Party At Loop Park

A park in the Loop took on a festival atmosphere at lunchtime Tuesday as the Chicago Loop Alliance seeks non-traditional ways of connecting people with the city and it’s businesses, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser reports.

06/10/2014

Channel Catfish (Credit: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation)

30,000 Catfish Being Released Into Chicago River

The improving water quality of the Chicago River has experts hopeful that 30,000 Channel catfish being released into the river on Tuesday will have a good chance of survival.

06/10/2014

Tornado damaged homes are seen on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. According to reports the tonado that ripped across Washington, Illinois has been preliminary classified as an EF-4. A fast-moving storm system that spawned multiple tornadoes which touched down across the Midwest, leaving behind a path of destruction in 12 states and killing at least five.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Rebuilding From Devastating Tornado Is ‘The New Sound’ In Washington

Seven months after a rare November tornado tore through downstate Washington, destroying or damaging more than 1,100 homes and claiming three lives, residents have taken some significant steps to rebuilding their town.

06/10/2014

University Of Chicago Medical Center

Activists, Alumni Rally For Trauma Center At U Of C

Activists pressing the University of Chicago to open a trauma center to treat victims of violence rather than have them taken miles away with potentially deadly consequences are using the University’s alumni weekend to try to make their point.

06/07/2014

Lake Michigan (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Near-Drowning Inspires Man To Teach Water Safety Courses

The non-profit Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project is conducting water safety and rescue courses in Chicago this weekend as the beach season gets underway.

06/07/2014

Rev. Corey Brooks discusses his cross-country walk to raise money for a community center in Woodlawn. (Credit: CBS)

Pastor Corey Brooks Raising Funds For Community Center

The South Side pastor who camped on a motel roof for three months and then walked across the country in an effort to raise funds to build a community center and give young people opportunities in the Woodlawn neighborhood says he’s found renewed interest in the project, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

06/07/2014

Rev. Corey Brooks (Credit: CBS)

South Side Pastor Seeking 5,000 Volunteers For Anti-Violence Initiative

A South Side pastor has been assembling an army of volunteers to take to the streets and build relationships with those intent on violence, in a new initiative to cut down on violent crime.

06/05/2014

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