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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.

Central American children sit inside the so-called La Bestia (The Beast) cargo train, in an attempt to reach the Mexico-US border, in Arriaga, Chiapas state, Mexico on July 16, 2014.   (Photo credit: ELIZABETH RUIZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Chicago Attorneys Provide Legal Assistance To Immigrant Children

Ashley Huebner, an attorney with the National Immigrant Justice Center, told the story of one girl, now 18 years old, whose odyssey Huebner says is more or less typical.

07/24/2014

Pro Palestinian demonstrators at Canal and Madison streets (Credit: Wendy Widom)

Palestinian, Israeli Supporters Hold Opposing Rallies Downtown

More than a thousand demonstrators – both pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian – filled Madison Street and street corners near the Israeli consulate Tuesday afternoon.

07/22/2014

Demarius Reed (Credit: Eastern Michigan University)

Trial Set To Begin In Murder Of Former Simeon Football Star

The family of a Chicago man murdered last fall in Michigan will be in court this week in Ann Arbor, as one of the accused killers goes on trial.

07/22/2014

Lliau Moreno-Tepecha (Credit: Waukegan Police)

Homeless Man Charged With Entering Apartment, Fondling Sleeping Woman

Lilau Moreno-Tepecha allegedly entered the apartment of a 25-year-old woman through an unlocked door on Sunday in Waukegan, and touched her while she was sleeping, but she was able to get out of the room, grab her young child, leave the apartment and give police a description, police said.

07/21/2014

Pieces of the artwork broke off and were on the ground Sunday. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Grant Park Art Installation “The Watch” Damaged

A new art installation in Grant Park was damaged – apparently overnight – and today pieces that broke off the artwork are still visible on the ground.

07/20/2014

Harsh winter weather killed most of the bushes at Water Tower Park. City officials plan to replace them after finishing a capital improvement project underground. (Credit: Steve Miller/CBS)

Harsh Winter Killed Bushes At Water Tower Park

If you’ve been out along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile lately, you might have noticed that the bushes in the city’s most historic park are more brown than green.

07/18/2014

A picture taken on July 17, 2014 shows wreckages of the malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. (Photo credit: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

Malaysian Group: Chicagoan Might Have Been On Plane That Crashed In Ukraine

The founder of the Malaysian Club of Chicago said he’s getting word of a Chicagoan who might have been on board the Malaysia Airlines jetliner that crashed in Ukraine on Thursday.

07/17/2014

One of five anti-Israel protesters arrested after a rally in the lobby of Boeing headquarters in downtown Chicago. (Credit: Steve Miller/CBS)

Police Arrest 5 Anti-Israel Protesters At Boeing HQ

Five protesters were arrested late Wednesday afternoon inside the downtown headquarters of Boeing, after a demonstration against the company’s sale of military jets to Israel.

07/17/2014

The loose lizard is   apparently a Nile monitor lizard. (Credit: Facebook)

DeKalb Woman Searching For Lost Two-Foot Long Lizard

A woman in DeKalb, Illinois, is asking for help in finding a lost pet: a two-foot lizard.

07/16/2014

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Cook County Sheriff’s Office Warns Officers To Watch For Parolees Tampering With Electronic Monitoring

The Cook County Sheriff’s office is warning its officers to watch out for state parolees who have tampered with their electronic monitoring.

07/15/2014

Farad Polk

Visitor Trapped Inside Cook County Jail For 32 Hours Files Lawsuit

he Chicago man trapped inside a visiting room at Cook County Jail for 32 hours is suing the county.

07/14/2014

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Taste Of Chicago Reopens One Day After Rains Forced Closure

Taste of Chicago is open again after a one-day cancellation Saturday because of stormy weather and now restaurants are reflecting on the business that might have been.

07/13/2014

Sheba tries to recover at Felines and Canines Animal Shelter. (Facebook)

Ailing Shelter Dog Doing A Little Better As Real Donations Pour In

Earlier in the week, a “gofundme” effort to raise money for Sheba’s medical expenses drew some big donations. The problem: They were bogus.

07/10/2014

Betty Tetzlaff. (Credit:  Betty Tetzlaf)

INDOT Blocking Driveway Blind Vendor Uses To Restock Machines At Rest Stop

A blind vendor at a Northwest Indiana rest stop says she feels hurt by what the Indiana Department of Transportation is doing: denying her easy access to refill her own vending machines.

07/09/2014

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Visitor Trapped Inside Cook County Jail For 30 Hours

A visitor to Cook County Jail was trapped in the jail for 30 hours over the weekend – and now the sheriff’s office is investigating to find out what went wrong. WBBM’s Steve Miller has our exclusive story.

07/08/2014

Demetries Thorpe. (Credit: Zion Police)

Prosecutors Agree To Plea Deal In Zion Baby’s Death

A 26-year-old man has agreed to plead guilty to killing his ex-girlfriend’s infant son last summer and tossing the body in a Dumpster.

07/08/2014

A fire gutted most of the Steger Village Hall on June 30, as severe storms were pummeling the area. Officials believe a lightning strike might have caused a power surge that caused the fire. (Credit: CBS)

Gutted By Fire, Steger Village Hall Might Be Closed For Six Months

Village Mayor Ken Peterson said it’s still unclear whether a lightning strike is to blame for a power surge that started the fire during Monday night’s storms.

07/03/2014

A Boystown bar manager said police officers essentially left the neighborhood to fend for itself after the annual Pride Parade, when an entirely different crowd of people was causing trouble on the streets. (Credit: Brenden Chrisman)

Bar Manager: Cops Acted ‘More Like Crossing Guards’ After Pride Parade

As Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) considers whether the annual Gay Pride Parade should be moved downtown, the manager of a Boystown bar said the real issue is a lack of cooperation from police officers after the parade is over.

07/01/2014

2014 Pride Parade in Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Alderman Tunney Open To Moving Pride Parade Downtown

Alderman Tom Tunney – whose 44th ward includes Boystown and the route of the Pride Parade – says he is open to the possibility of moving the parade downtown.

06/30/2014

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Chicago Man Dies While Hiking In Utah

Police in Utah say 64-year-old William Pierce was hiking Wednesday near the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort – about 30 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.

06/29/2014

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