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.”
The Adler Planetarium in Chicago celebrates its 83rd Anniversary today. When it opened in 1930, Alder had the distinction of being the first planetarium in the Western Hemisphere. The institution is planning another first this year and some of its rarely-seen collections will be part of the show.
When most people hear about Pit Bulls, it’s usually a story about an attack or dog fighting. That’s a stereotype animal advocates are trying to change. WBBM’s Steve Grzanich reports on one effort – through words and pictures.
Nebraska-based Natura Pet Products has announced an expansion of its voluntarily recall of dry pet food because of potential Salmonella contamination.
It happens far too often. Unsuspecting pet owners let their dogs and cats out to play or do their business in the backyard and before they know it – a predator looking for a quick meal has attacked and injured their pet or worse.
Nine years ago today Chicago learned of a violent murder in a neighborhood considered to be among the safest. Kevin Clewer had been stabbed to death the night before in his apartment in the 3400 block of north Elaine Place. The killing was especially brutal – Clewer, 31, suffered more than three dozen stab wounds.
Brightly colored plastic grass, plastic eggs, Lilies and chocolate pose the biggest risk to pets at Easter time. These items may be symbols of the season but they can also make dogs and cats very sick and even result in death.
Animal rights groups say it’s long overdue and much needed – a bill introduced last week that would close a loophole in the Animal Welfare Act that allows unscrupulous breeders to sell sick, malnourished and mistreated puppies online, completely unregulated.
More pet treats are being recalled in the U.S. because of concern over trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue found in product samples.
Nestle Purina PetCare and its subsidiary Waggin’ Train LLC have announced a voluntary recall of Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats sold in the U-S. A separate recall involves Milo’s Kitchen dog treats.
Illinois native Dawn Harper won the silver medal Tuesday in the Women’s 100-meter Hurdles at the Olympics.
Only a handful of the nearly 20 athletes with ties to Illinois and the Chicago area are still competing at the Olympics. Tuesday’s action features several high profile Track & Field events.
The Flying Squirrel has finally been un-caged at the Olympics. Ellis Coleman of Oak Park took to the mat Monday in London as competition got underway in Greco-Roman Wrestling (60 kg/132lb).
Runner Evan Jager finished sixth in the final of the Men’s Steeplechase on Sunday, but that hardly fazed the nearly 200 or more supporters who gathered at a local restaurant to watch the Algonquin-native compete for his first Olympic medal.
Algonquin-native Evan Jager finished sixth in the final of the Men’s Steeplechase Sunday at the London Olympics.
The landing of the rover Curiosity early Monday on Mars is being called the science event of the decade, and Chicago-native John Grunsfeld will oversee the operation in the first major undertaking of his new tenure as NASA’s top scientist.
Christina Loukas knows she has work to do Sunday in the finals of the Women’s 3-meter springboard competition in London.
Evan Jager earned a spot in the Men’s Steeplechase Finals after finishing second in the Track & Field qualifying heat on Friday.
Tyler McGill of Champaign finished 7th in final of the Men’s 100 Meter Butterfly on Friday, a showing that brought an abrupt end to his first Summer Games.
They conquered Boy Scouts together, took up competitive shooting together and they earned engineering degrees together at the same school. So it should come as no surprise that Grant and Ross James compete side by side on the U.S. Men’s rowing team at the 2012 Olympics.
Three athletes with ties to the Chicago-area qualified for the medal rounds of their respective sports on Saturday at the 2012 Olympics in London.
- Teen Hurt In Little Village ShootingA 14-year-old boy was shot in the arm Saturday afternoon in the Southwest Side Little Village neighborhood.86
- Man Charged With Videotaping Women In Hospital WashroomA poorly secured cell phone in a west suburban hospital washroom that a man had allegedly set up to secretly videotape women in the toilet area was discovered by a woman when the phone fell to the washroom floor on Friday. She alerted police, who then arrested and charged a 49-year-old Franklin Park man with unlawful videotaping.156
- Young Man Shot Outside Old Orchard Shopping CenterA young man was wounded in a shooting in north suburban Skokie Friday night, outside the Old Orchard Shopping Center.227
- 3 Dead, 8 Shot In Citywide ViolenceThree men were killed and at least eight other people were wounded in violence around the city since Friday night.167
- Orange Line Service Resumes After Train-Pedestrian IncidentCTA commuters were temporarily stymied on the Orange Line during the Friday rush hour after a train fatally struck a man on the tracks.401
- Illinois Senate Passes Medical Marijuana LegislationIllinois Gov. Pat Quinn must decide if he will sign a measure allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes after the state Senate approved legislation on Friday.1238
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