Steve Miller

miller250 Steve MillerSteve Miller is an investigative reporter and has been with Newsradio for more than two decades. He grew up in South Texas and received his undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts at the University of Texas in Austin. After graduation, he moved to Washington D.C. to work as a research assistant for former Senator Lloyd Bentsen (D-TX). After two years, Steve changed courses and enrolled in the highly-respected journalism program at the University of Missouri and received a graduate degree before coming to Chicago.

He began investigative reporting by accident after curiosity sparked his first of many pieces. After he found out about a local cemetery that is commonly the burial spot for people with no family or resources, he gained access to public records and shed light on the deceased’s past. He found that veterans were being buried without due honors and then contacted an Illinois congressman, who launched a nationwide investigation which found that thousands of vets were being wrongfully buried in indigent plots around the country. Due to his investigation, protocol was changed and since then, an increasing number of service members have been buried with honors.

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Steve likes this type of reporting because it is challenging and makes a difference to Newsradio listeners.

“I enjoy telling people about something they don’t know. It’s really exciting to put something in perspective – to get people to see things in a different way,” he said.

When Steve is not covering a breaking news story or hunting down a lead for an assignment, the Texas native can be found jogging around his Ravenswood neighborhood, swimming, reading, playing Sudoku or spending time with his life partner.

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Chicago-Area Family Concerned After Soldier Goes AWOL In Colorado

Danny Domres, an Oswego High School graduate, may be suffering from PTSD, his mother tells WBBM’s Steve Miller.


Missy, a pit bull since renamed "Monkey" is getting care at Found Chicago, after being left alone in a Chicago Animal Care and Control van for five days in April, with almost no food or water. (Credit: Steve Miller/WBBM)

Pit Bull Left Alone 5 Days Gaining Weight, But Still Weeks Away From Adoption

The one-year-old pit bull mix that was left alone in a Chicago city dog pound van for at least five days last month is now a step closer to getting her “forever home.”


The Cook County Sheriff's Department has deployed resources to work at Jewish Graceland Cemetery. (CBS/Steve Miller)

Sheriff’s Office Lends Hand At Neglected Part Of Jewish Cemetery

But will someone step in to permanently solve maintenance issues at Jewish Graceland Cemetery? WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.


Thousands of protesters demand $15 hr wages outside McDonald's HQ. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Workers Protest Outside McDonald’s HQ Calling For $15-An-Hour Wages

About two thousand McDonald’s workers demonstrated for higher wages at the chain’s corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.


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Personal Information Of 4,000 Students Turned Over To Software Companies By CPS

Chicago Public Schools officials have contacted the families of 4,000 students – because of a data breach involving personal information on those students.


Gloria and Emilio Estefan. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Gloria Estefan Musical “On Your Feet” Coming To Chicago For Pre-Broadway Run

“On Your Feet” – the story of Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio – begins its pre-Broadway run here in Chicago in two weeks.


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Advocate Says CPS May Not Be Teaching Kids Sexual Abuse Prevention

An Elgin woman who was the force behind Erin’s Law, mandating that all schools in the state teach sexual abuse prevention, says she’s concerned that the largest school district in the state may not be complying with the law.


Elsa the albino raccoon. (Credit: Adam Ring.)

Rare Albino Raccoon Found In Attic Of Lake County Home

WBBM’s Steve Miller reports the owner of the home first thought squirrels were in the attic.


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Chinese Student Arrives in Chicago After Walking Most Of Route 66

A small contingent of his blog readers met Boyi Ouyang near Jackson and Michigan Avenue as he wheeled his bag to a stop near the sign that marks the end of Route 66.


Some of the women say they've been retaliated against for speaking out. (Credit: Steve Miller)

More Women Join Lawsuit Against Ford Alleging Sexual Harassment At Chicago Area Plants

A total of 33 women in the Chicago area are now suing the Ford Motor Company – claiming they were sexually harassed.


A photo of 6-year-old Timmothy Pitzen not long before he disappeared in May 2011, at left, and an age-progressed image of how he would look now, at age 10, at right. (Credit: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)

Four Years Later, Still No Signs Of Missing Aurora Boy

It has been four years since a 6-year-old Aurora boy disappeared, and police are hoping a new age-progression sketch will bring in clues on his whereabouts.


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Police: Man Murdered By Three Men Breaking Into Cars At Merrillville Apartment Complex

Police in Northwest Indiana are looking for the men who shot and killed a 55-year-old Merrillville man as he was leaving home for work early this morning.


Snowy Plovers run in the surf at Melbourne Beach in Florida. (Credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Snowy Plover Spotted In Chicago For Only Second Time Ever

It’s a rare bird in these parts: For only the second time ever, a snowy plover has been spotted in Chicago, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.


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UPS Driver In Rockford Credited With Saving Man Apparently Trying To Commit Suicide

A 40-year-old UPS driver in Rockford is credited with saving the life of a man who tried to take his own life today by jumping off a bridge into the Rock River.


The air traffic control tower is seen behind the departures level of Terminal 2 at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo credit: Mira Oberman/AFP/Getty Images)

State Senator Proposes Bill To Reduce Noise Levels Around O’Hare

A state senator from Chicago is pushing legislation which proponents believe would quiet down some of the noise levels around O’Hare.


Jeffery (left) with some of the belongings he managed to save from the Lusitania. (Credit: Bill Hudson, Jeffery's great nephew.)

Kenosha Man’s Account Describes Survival After Sinking Of Lusitania

100 years ago this Thursday, the Lusitania was hit with a German torpedo and sank – killing almost 1,200. More than 760 survived, including some with ties to Chicago and the Midwest, as WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.


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Oak Park Avenue Construction Work Might Unearth Indigent Caskets In Dunning

Historians have raised questions about a road reconstruction project in the Dunning neighborhood, because they believe there’s a good chance crews will find hundreds of caskets from when the area was a cemetery.


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Five Warren Township HS Students Upset They Can’t Finish At School

Five Lake County students, four who will be seniors and one a junior, are upset that they’re not allowed to finish high school where they started. But the school district says they should take it up with their parents.


Truckers say the signs are confusing, ensnaring unsuspecting drivers.(Credit: Mid-West Truckers Association)

Truckers Accuse Will County Of Using Confusing Signage To Entrap Them

“A money-making extortion scheme” is what the Mid-West Truckers Association says is going on in Will County – with unsuspecting truck drivers targeted and ticketed for tens of thousands of dollars, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.


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Woman Charged With Manslaughter In Death Of 8-Year-Old Skokie Boy

More serious charges have been filed against a caregiver – in the death of an 8-year-old disabled Skokie boy.