The veteran WBBM newsman joined Newsradio 780 WBBM in 1994 as a news writer and general assignment reporter. During his tenure at WBBM, Steve has reported some of Chicago’s biggest news stories, including the 1995 Heat Disaster, the death of Cardinal Bernadin, the Cook County Administration Building Fire, the Judge Lefkow Family Murders and the White Sox World Series to name a few.
A graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Steve has been honored with numerous journalism awards from The Society of Professional Journalists, Radio-Television News Directors Association, Associated Press, United Press International and Chicago Press Veterans. He is a five time recipient of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism for investigative and breaking news reporting.
In 2009, Steve spearheaded Newsradio 780′s special coverage of Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 Olympics and reported on various aspects of the campaign as part of our special series Race for the Rings. He also traveled to Copenhagen for the big announcement and reported live on Chicago’s surprising lost.
Steve has also continued reporting on another special series Mission to ISS and Beyond which highlighted the 50th Anniversary of NASA and focused on Chicago’s connection to the space program. The year-long project began airing in October 2007 with the space shuttle mission of astronaut Dan Tani of suburban Lombard and documented Tani’s five month tour of duty aboard the International Space Station. The ongoing series was honored with an Edward R. Murrow award for “Best Continuing Coverage” and now focuses on life aboard the space station and NASA’s future exploration. In May of 2009, Steve took his reporting to Cape Canaveral where he covered the launch of shuttle Atlantis on a final mission to refurbish the Hubble Telescope. Chicago astronaut John Grunsfeld was the lead Hubble repairman.
In 2008, Steve and Keith’s afternoon newscasts won Associated Press honors for “Best Newscast” and the pair led Newsradio 780′s team coverage of the shootings at Northern Illinois University which earned awards for “Best Spot News.” Steve won a Lisagor for his special series on the 40th Anniverary of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago “The Whole World was Waching.”
Steve began his journalism career at the age of 15 as a weekend reporter at his hometown radio station, WFRX in West Frankfort, Illinois. Prior to joining Newsradio 780 WBBM, he worked as a reporter at WLRW-FM in Champaign, Illinois, WCIL-AM/FM in Carbondale, Illinois, WSIL-TV in Marion, Illinois and KSTP-TV in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Steve also spent a year covering politics in Springfield, Illlinois. Steve is a member of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association, Radio-Television News Directors Association, The Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors Association.
The question Steve is asked most is, “What nationality is Grzanich?” He says it’s Croatian but the other half is Irish.
Steve lives on the north side of Chicago with his labrador retriever “Murrow.”
Chicago is still smarting from a first-round elimination for the 2016 Games a few years ago. The defeat stunned organizers and city leaders.
Many people will be traveling by car this Thanksgiving and chances are, they will bring their pets along for the ride. But a new, first-of-its-kind study gives failing grades to the most popular travel safety gear for pets, including harnesses and vehicle restraints.
The author of a popular book about an abandoned dog who was rescued, rose to stardom and began a new life as a service animal, visits Chicago Saturday for a book signing and fundraiser at PAWS Chicago. Patrick Bettendorf comes with a message to his fellow humans.
Force your children to put down their iPads or Xbox controllers and go take a hike. Literally. That’s the message from the National Wildlife Federation which has organized an event Saturday called “Hike & Seek.”
The mother of a child wounded in a mass shooting last week in Chicago is thanking God and doctors for her son’s recovery, and is calling for an end to the gun violence that’s plaguing the city.
A playwright and ensemble member of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company is among the winners of the 2013 MacArthur Fellowships – better known as the “genius grants.”
President Barack Obama revealed Monday that he has not had a cigarette in six years, and an open microphone caught an unguarded and funny exchange in which the commander-in-chief acknowledged the driving force behind his kicking the smoking habit.
Animal advocates are using September to raise awareness about responsible dog ownership. They are reminding people – especially potential new dog owners – that raising a happy and healthy dog is more than just playtime and pampering.
The terrorist attacks that day took an enormous human toll and included a massive mobilization of rescue workers at Ground Zero along with nearly 300 search and rescue dogs from across America. The author of a new book says the legacy of the dogs includes some painful memories but valuable lessons too.
The Chicago Police Canine Unit held a “Operation Vest Em” fundraiser Saturday to help buy new protective vests for the dogs on the unit.
A local group that’s been working to put puppy mills out of business applauds a decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to impose restrictions on breeders who sell dogs on the Internet.
Gun violence, Syria and an impression of Bill Clinton highlighted a nearly 15-minute long appearance by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Monday on the Late Show with David Letterman on CBS.
If you are a dog owner, you have just one shopping day left before National Dog Day, celebrated annually on August 26, which is tomorrow (Monday). Non-dog owners are being urged to adopt from a local shelter by pet advocate Colleen Paige, the human who created the canine holiday back in 2004.
“It’s just unbelievable. They’ve had great success with tons of interesting science,” said Oswego native Neil Mottinger, a navigation engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.
Researchers meeting in Chicago have presented findings from three new studies that show health and other benefits from human-animal interaction. Scientists who examined the impact of pets on physical and emotional health and on human social relationships have found positive and lasting effects of pet ownership and pet therapy.
A new travelling Smithsonian exhibit about animals is on a tour of Chicago Park District Parks with stops scheduled through August 9.
You might be surprised to learn just how hot it can get in a parked car, even on a relatively mild day with all the windows down.
Two icons of Chicago culture, The Adler Planetarium and The Field Museum, have been tightening budgets and refocusing missions. The Adler recently cut 15 staff positions and next year, 18 positions will be eliminated at The Field, mostly through attrition.
With an onslaught of one major disaster after another, one expert suggests we rethink disaster preparedness by taking into account the worst case scenarios and the chain reactions that might follow.
Experts have proven that dogs can lower our blood pressure, ease stress and sense impending disaster.