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.

Not everyone is amused by Teresa Bothur's Halloween display. (Steve Miller/CBS)

Critics Haunt North Side Woman Who Has Cheeky Halloween Display

The house on Giddings Street is well known to people in the neighborhood and notorious for its Halloween yard decorations from years past.

3 hours ago

Cathy's Sweet Creations is rebounding after a pair of break-ins. (courtesy: Cathy's Sweet Creations Facebook page)

Burglar Breaks In Twice At Plainfield Bakery

The offender left significant damage behind at Cathy’s Sweet Creations, WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

22 hours ago

The suspicious hot dogs found near the Des Plaines condo building. (Credit: Mel Dziedzic/Facebook)

Des Plaines Dog Owners Warned After Cut Up Hot Dogs Apparently Filled With Poison Found Near Condo

Des Plaines Police are warning dog owners to watch out now that cut-up hot dogs have been found on the lawn of a condo building: hot dogs apparently filled with rat poison.



Girl, 2, Seriously Injured By Riding Mower In Unincorporated Joliet

Authorities say a 2-year-old girl was seriously injured this afternoon in unincorporated Joliet – when her great grandmother backed over her in a riding lawnmower.


In the Lawndale office of the Chicago Recovery Alliance, they keep bins of clean needles and other supplies for the taking.  (Credit: Steve Miller)

Group That Helps Heroin Addicts Encountering Signs Of Overdose Spike On West Side

The Chicago Recovery Alliance, which helps people addicted to heroin, says its most recent figures suggest a dramatic increase in the number of overdoses on the West Side and in Cicero over the past week.


Jemetric Nicholson (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Trial Scheduled To Begin For Alleged Killer Of Metra Police Officer

Nine years after Metra Police Officer Thomas Cook was gunned down at a train station in Harvey, his accused killer was set to go on trial this week.


Alan B. Shepard High School in Palos Heights (Credit: Shepard High School/Facebook)

Authorities Find BB-Gun After Lockdown At Palos Heights High School

Shepard High School, at 130th and Ridgeland in Palos Heights, was locked down Monday afternoon while the school and Cook County Sheriff’s officers investigate reports of a weapon on the campus, or on a school bus.


John Wayne Gacy

Cook County Sheriff’s Office Sorts Through New Gacy Leads

Since last week, the sheriff’s office’s communication director, Ben Breit, says there have been developments.


These kittens and cat are among animals for which PAWS Chicago was trying to find foster homes. (PAWS Chicago)

Fearing Distemper Outbreak At City Pound, No-Kill Shelter Asks Volunteers To Foster Cats

PAWS Chicago is trying to get people to foster cats from the city pound to get them away from any potential exposure. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.


Students bags are searched after mass shooting on a community college campus in Oregon. (CBS)

Local Student Who Attended Oregon Campus Wonders: ‘Are My Friends OK?’

Jordan Madrid-Andrews, who was a student at Umpqua Community College last year, talks with WBBM’s Steve Miller.


A house in the 4800 block of South Kimbark Avenue caught fire Thursday morning while the "Chicago Fire" spinoff "Chicago Med" was filming down the street on Thursday. (Credit: Chicago Fire Department)

Off-Duty Firefighter Spots Real Fire While Working On Set For ‘Chicago Fire’ Spinoff

An off-duty Chicago firefighter moonlighting on the set of the TV show “Chicago Med” noticed there was a real emergency just three doors down this morning.


Former Cicero town president Betty Loren-Maltese is all smiles Friday as she holds a weekend-long garage sale of her possessions. (CBS)

Betty Loren-Maltese Holding Estate Sale To Help Pay Daughter’s Tuition For Beauty School

Betty Loren-Maltese, the colorful former Cicero town president who spent more than six years in federal prison, is having an estate sale.


Kyrian Knox (Source: Facebook)

Grandmother ‘Not Returning Home Until We Know Something’ About Missing Toddler

Kyrian Knox, 2, was reported missing Sept. 17, but police have said they believe he was last seen around Aug. 20. On Labor Day weekend, police found the severed hands, feet, and head of an unidentified toddler in the Garfield Park lagoon, but Kyrian’s family does not believe those remains are Kyrian’s.


The Lucas Museum in a slightly downscaled form. (courtesy: Lucas Museum)

Supporters, Opponents Debate Proposed Lucas Museum At Park District Meeting

Proponents of the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art dominated the public comment part of the park district’s board meeting this afternoon.


The stolen artwork on display prior to the theft. (Credit: Lydia Cash.)

Artist Says Eight Paintings Stolen During Overnight Hours At Edgewater Fall Art Fair Last Weekend

A Chicago artist says eight of her paintings were stolen in the overnight hours this weekend at the Edgewater Fall Art Fair.


Andy Drath (left) and his half-sister Willa (right). (Credit: Cook County Sheriff's Office.)

Remains In 1979 San Francisco Homicide Identified As Teen From Chicago

The investigation into the unidentified victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy has led to a break in a cold case in San Francisco, after DNA evidence confirmed a 1979 murder victim there was a teenage runaway from Chicago.


Jennifer Blaese, a.k.a. "Poop Bag Girl," founder of Loft 312. (Credit: Steve Miller).

Made In Chicago: Poop Bags From Loft 312

Now that the city has a ban on lightweight plastic bags, what are dog owners supposed to do?


Boy Scouts (AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER)

Chicago Gay Advocacy Organization Setting Up Scout Unit

The Center on Halsted, which serves the LGBT community, has called for volunteers to help lead a Scout troop.


The Chicago Police Department has stepped up patrols along the lakefront. (CBS)

Three Men Accused Of Slapping Police Horse After Foo Fighters Concert At Wrigley Field

Three men are accused of misdemeanor reckless conduct because Chicago Police say they slapped a police horse outside Wrigley Field two and a half weeks ago.


Deputy Dwight Maness | McHenry County sheriff's office

Coroner: McHenry Deputy Shot Last Fall Died From Blood Clot In His Lungs

The McHenry County Coroner says a sheriff’s deputy shot almost a year ago died yesterday of a blood clot to the lungs.