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.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church on Chicago's North Side. (CBS)

Chicago Parish Downsizing Plan In The Works

The Archdiocese says it doesn’t have specifics yet. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

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Man Charged With Firing Gun On Roof Of Lincoln Park Building

A 27-year-old Lincoln Park man is in bond court right now – charged with two felonies and accused of firing a gun on the roof of his apartment building Sunday afternoon.


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Relatives Of Missing People Working To ID Jane, John Does In Illinois

Families who have missing loved ones have banded together to help find the identities of the many unidentified dead in Illinois, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.


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State Health Department Says Two Pregnant Women Among Three Zika Virus Cases In Illinois

In Illinois, two pregnant women are among the three cases of Zika virus in the state. The third case is an adult male and all have traveled to Latin America, according to the state health department.


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IIT Student, 36, Found Fatally Beaten

Jermiron “Jay” Morris, 36, and another IIT student were returning to campus early Thursday when they got into a fight, according to Chicago Police and a statement on IIT’s website.


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Woman’s Club Raising Money To Erect Statues Of George Ryan, Two Other Governors From Kankakee

Former Governor George Ryan tells WBBM he’s pleased that an organization in his hometown of Kankakee is trying to raise money for a life-size statue of him in a city park.


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Man Fatally Shot Inside Car In Brookfield

Brookfield Police say a 33-year-old man was shot and killed while he was in his car just after noon.


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State Police Ask For Public’s Help Identifying Fourth Body Found In Riverdale Garage Last Year

State Police say they have been able to identify three of the four bodies found stored in a Riverdale garage last fall and now they’re asking for help to identify the fourth.


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Family Of Rachel Mellon To Hold Special Service 20 Years After Her Disappearance

It has been 20 years since the disappearance of 13-year-old Rachel Mellon from her home in Bolingbrook and in a few days her friends and family will be marking the anniversary with a special service.


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Gary Woman Unclaimed At Lake County Coroner’s Office

If no one steps forward, Anita Zurawski may be buried as an indigent.


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Smithsonian Analysis May Help ID Remains Held By Will County Coroner

The nation’s research center is helping Will County’s coroner examine remains of three unidentified bodies.


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Skulls Found In South Side Warehouse Were Placed There Decades Ago By Business Owner’s Son

Now there’s an answer to the question of how human skulls came to be placed in a South Side warehouse where they were discovered Monday and unrelated to that, a more interesting story, as WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.


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Mother Of Missing Park Forest Woman Doesn’t Believe She Ran Away

It has been two-and-a-half weeks since a 31-year-old Park Forest woman vanished – and her mother says she’s afraid her daughter’s stormy marriage may be at the root of her disappearance.


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Man Found Dead Outside Concrete Plant In South Chicago Heights

Police in a south suburb are trying to identify a man who was found dead this morning in the yard of a concrete plant.


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Future Of Chicago State University A Topic Of Conversation At PUSH Excel Scholarship Breakfast

On this day honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the topic at the PUSH Excel scholarship breakfast was the future of schools that serve many African Americans, like Chicago State University.


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Made In Chicago: Ork Posters

(CBS) — 32-year-old Jenny Beorkrem was born in Iowa the Quad Cities and went to college in Madison, Wisconsin. “I just wanted to be in the big city,” she said. “So I moved here as […]


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Police Investigating Possible Sightings Of Missing Park Forest Woman

Police in south suburban Park Forest who are looking for a missing mother of six say there have been two possible sightings in the past few days.


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Shelter Working To Locate Owner Of Dog Rescued From Icy Pond In Tinley Park

WBBM’s Steve Miller reports the Rottweiler has been named “Ice” by P.A.W.S. of Tinley Park, the animal shelter that took the dog over the weekend, warmed her up with blankets and fed her.


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Oak Park Fire Department In Mourning After Death Of Longtime Firefighter

The Oak Park Fire Department is in mourning for a long-time firefighter who died Monday night, apparently of a heart attack after finishing 30 hours of work.


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Deli Owner Apologizes After “I Can Breathe” T-Shirt Prompts Heated Backlash

When the owner of an Andersonville deli wore a certain T-shirt to work last week, he never dreamed it would lead to hate-filled reviews on Yelp.



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