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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CTU: PARCC Test Will Be ‘Hot Mess’ For CPS Students, Parents

The Chicago Teachers Union on Wednesday said a controversial new standardized test is “not going to be pretty” for students and their parents.

25 mins ago

Second City says the improv classes at Northwestern are essentially what they teach on the first day of class at Second City. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Parkinson’s Patients At Northwestern Get Improv Lessons From Second City

Second City has been holding a couple of improv classes at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for Parkinson’s disease patients, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller

7 hours ago

Pravin Varughese. (Credit: Twitter)

State’s Attorney Asks For Special Prosecutor To Review Pravin Varughese Case

The downstate prosecutor under fire from a suburban family for his handling of a death investigation has now asked for a special prosecutor in the case.

20 hours ago

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Delays Hinder Last-Minute Attempts To Pay Property Tax Bills

Last-minute attempts to pay Cook County property tax bills by Tuesday’s deadline were being thwarted by technology.

03/03/2015

Vince Vaughn participates in the Chicago Polar Plunge 2015 at North Avenue Beach on March 1, 2015 . (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Vince Vaughn, Lady Gaga Take Part In Polar Plunge

Thousands of people took a dip in icy Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach Sunday morning, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.

03/01/2015

The opening of the new Ravenswood Metra station has been delayed a year, because Union Pacific has not finished putting in new tracks. (Credit: Steve Miller/WBBM)

There’s A Nice New Metra Station In Ravenswood — Why Isn’t It Open?

Commuters standing in the cold are wondering: What’s the deal? WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller asks the railroads.

02/27/2015

Pravin Varughese. (Credit: Twitter)

Criminal Charges Won’t Be Filed In Death Of SIU Student Pravin Varughese

A Morton Grove woman whose 19-year-old son died a year ago in Carbondale says the state’s attorney has decided not to bring criminal charges against anyone.

02/25/2015

Faith Du Bois was charged with boarding an aircraft with a weapon after security screeners found a loaded handgun in her carry-on baggage at Midway International Airport on Feb. 22. 2015 (Credit: Chicago Police)

Suburban Woman Arrested At Midway After TSA Screeners Find Gun In Bag

A 58-year-old Lemont woman has been arrested after she was stopped at Midway Airport’s security yesterday – accused of having a gun in her carry-on.

02/23/2015

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Parents Of NIU Student Who Died At Frat Party Continuing Court Fight

Another court date Monday in the criminal case against more than 20 young men accused in the death of a 19-year-old NIU freshman fraternity pledge, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

02/23/2015

Lanialoha is Hawaiian and spends a great deal of time there, but she was born in Ravenswood, (Credit: Steve Miller)

Made In Chicago: Ukulele Instructor Lanialoha

In the depth of the winter cold, think of Hawaii, and warmth and the spirit of aloha.

02/23/2015

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Man In Custody After Ambulance Stolen From Hospital In New Lenox

A man from Manhattan, Illinois, is in police custody this morning after an ambulance was stolen from a southwest suburban hospital.

02/22/2015

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Felony Franks Reopening In Oak Park

Felony Franks, the hot dog restaurant that hires only ex-offenders is reopening today after closing down almost three years ago, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.

02/19/2015

Stephen Thompson. (Credit: Hammond Police)

Coroner Looking To Find Family Of Man Killed In Hammond Hit-And-Run

Hammond Police and the Lake County Coroner are looking for the family of a 58-year-old man who was killed in a hit-and-run crash two weekends ago.

02/17/2015

Purdue University graduate student Max Fagin at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. (Credit: Facebook)

Purdue Grad Student Hoping For One-Way Ticket To Mars

A couple hundred thousand people applied for the Netherlands-based Mars One project, and now there are only about 660. By Monday, there will only be about 200 still in the running for the plan to establish a permanent human colony on Mars by 2025.

02/13/2015

Alexis Minkler. (Credit: Alexis Minkler)

Surgery Performed At Birth A Source Of Grief For Woman Born Intersex

WBBM’s Steve Miller spoke with adults who underwent surgery as newborns and faced a lifetime of grief.

02/13/2015

Alex McCorry. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Man Born Intersex Wishes Irreversible Surgery Hadn’t Been Performed At Birth

WBBM’s Steve Miller spoke with adults who underwent surgery as newborns and have faced a lifetime of grief.

02/12/2015

Christopher Abernathy (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Chicago Man Freed From Prison After Sentence Vacated In Illinois Teen’s 1984 Death

Charges will be dismissed against a man who spent nearly 30 years in prison for the 1984 sexual assault and murder of a 15-year-old suburban Chicago girl, Cook County prosecutors said Wednesday.

02/11/2015

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Disbarred Attorney Gets Nearly 6 Years For $2.3M Fraud

A Burr Ridge woman has been sentenced to almost six years in federal prison for stealing the life savings of an Oak Park couple to invest in a gold mine.

02/11/2015

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Intersex Child ‘Would’ve Been Loved No Matter What’ By Mother

The joy of birth gives way to uncertainty when the sex of an otherwise healthy baby cannot be determined. WBBM’s Steve Miller spoke with families who are facing the unknown.

02/11/2015

Alleged terror supporter Mediha Salkicevic in court. (Credit: CBS)

Judge Won’t Release Illinois Woman Accused In Terrorism Case

Mediha Medy Salkicevic and five other Bosnian immigrants are facing charges that accuse them sending money and equipment to the Islamic State group and other designated terrorist organizations.

02/10/2015

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