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.

Renato Velasquez (Credit: Illinois State Police)

Injured Trooper’s Family Seeks More Serious Charges Against Trucker

The family of an Illinois State Police trooper who was severely injured last year in a crash that also killed a tollway worker has demanded more serious charges against the trucker blamed for the wreck.

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A Green Line train approaches an 'L' station. (Credit: Chicago Transit Authority)

Late For Work Because Of The CTA? Pick Up A Train Delay Notice Slip

The CTA says operations are largely back to normal tonight after switching problems caused significant delays on nearly all of its lines this morning and made thousands of people late for work, school or other appointments.


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Elderly Woman Found Dead In Barrington House Fire

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


More than 2,500 people climbed the stairs at the Aon Center Sunday to raise money for Lurie Children's Hospital. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Thousands Climb Aon Center Stairs To Benefit Lurie Children’s Hospital

More than 2,500 people have been climbing the 1,643 steps to the top of the Aon Center Sunday to benefit Lurie Children’s Hospital. Some did it more than once.


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Suburban Teenager Accused Of Fatally Stabbing Brother

A teenager is being held – accused of stabbing his older brother to death Wednesday morning in South Chicago Heights.


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State Disbars 6 Attorneys, Disciplines 17 Others

A Chicago lawyer, Jordan Lee Margolis, was accused of forging clients’ names and misappropriating more than $1 million.


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Cook Co. Commissioner Calls For Inspector General To Examine Animal And Rabies Control Department

Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey wants the inspector general to look into practices of the county Animal and Rabies Control Department, which he calls “fractured and unregulated.”


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Police Investigating Vandalism Of DuSable Bust Near Michigan Ave. Bridge

Police are investigating the vandalism of a bust of Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, the Haitian-born man who’s credited as the founder of Chicago, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.


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Missing Suburban Man Kyle Cuchna Found Safe

A 21-year-old north suburban man who is bipolar and disappeared more than a week ago has been found safe.


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Kirk: U.S. Needs To Do Everything Possible To Make Sure Radicals Have Got “No Chance In Chicago”

Senator Kirk is in Pennsylvania at a retreat for the House and Senate and tells WBBM the alleged plot to attack the U.S. Capitol is on people’s minds there.


Memorial for French victims at Chicago Loop Synagogue. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Loop Synagogue Holds Ceremony Remembering Victims Of Paris Attacks

A few hundred people gathered at the Chicago Loop Synagogue Wednesday at noon for a service to remember the victims of the attacks in France last week.


Former Chicago mayor Richard Daley leaves Northwestern Memorial Hospital, after treatment for an undisclosed illness in early February. (Credit: CBS)

Despite Speech Cancellation, Family Friend Says Daley Hasn’t Suffered Health Setback

We are learning a little more about former Mayor Richard Daley – and his cancellation of a speech at a Grand Rapids, Michigan, college.


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Naperville Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing More Than $330K In Computer Equipment From Air Base

A Naperville man most likely faces at least two years in prison for stealing more than $300,000 in computers from the U-S military, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.


Diana Rauner & Gov-Elect Bruce Rauner serve meals at Uptown homeless kitchen on inaugural eve. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Rauner: Special Election For Comptroller A ‘Partisan Power Play’

Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner says what the legislature did last week – when it approved a special election for Illinois comptroller in 2016 was a “partisan power play.”


Crews secure the scene of an extra-alarm fire deemed suspicious by arson investigators. / photo from Network Video Productions

Nine People Displaced After Fire At Chatham Apartment Building

Arson investigators are looking into the cause of an extra-alarm fire at a South Side Chatham neighborhood apartment building that left nine people displaced early Sunday.


As Temperatures Rise, Frozen Pipes Could Begin To Leak

Chicago’s very cold weather brings problems, like frozen pipes, but higher temperatures forecast for next week could bring even worse problems: messy leaks.


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Former Editor Of The Onion Says Paris Terror Attack Won’t Deter Satirists

A Chicago area man who was the longtime editor of The Onion does not believe the attack in Paris will have a chilling effect on The Onion staff – or on any satirists.


The Hesed House In Aurora will be open around the clock the next few days due to the bitter cold.  (Credit: Steve Miller)

Shelters Gear Up To Protect Homeless From Cold

Cold weather is forcing an Aurora homeless shelter to stay open around the clock, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.


Firefighters battled a blaze at a home in Mundelein, after an apparent explosion around noon on Friday. (Credit: CBS)

Police: Argument Preceded Mundelein House Explosion, Fire

Police in Mundelein say a house explosion last Friday which killed a man and critically injured another – may have been no accident.



Cyclist’s Bike Stolen At Police Station While Reporting iPhone Theft

A Chicago man might think twice the next time he goes into a police station to report something as stolen.