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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Chicago Area Man Files Lawsuit Against Owner Of Ashley Madison Website

A Chicago area man has filed suit against the company that owns the Ashley Madison website, saying his personal information was violated by the recent data breach.

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A vacant home is seen in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans February 5, 2013. The Ninth Ward suffered the worst damage from Hurricane Katrina that occured in 2005 after multiple breaches in the levees of at least four canals. As of March 2009, hundreds of houses have been rebuilt, and dozens of new homes have been constructed.  AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

The Chicago-Katrina Connection: Ten Years Later

It was 10 years ago when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and displaced thousands of families, many of whom came to Chicago because that was where help was offered.

08/28/2015

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Parents Of Northwest Side Boy, 5, Looking For Potential Marrow Donors

Lucas Cervone is getting more chemotherapy, and Lifesource is helping the family search for a bone marrow donor.

08/27/2015

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Authorities Express Doubts About Reports Of Venomous Snake In Kane County

That snake story we’ve been reporting – about a supposedly venomous cottonmouth on the loose in Kane County? Now authorities aren’t so sure.

08/26/2015

A greater mouse-eared bat is pictured on January 14, 2011 in the cellar vault of the Old Brewery in Frankfurt an der Oder, eastern Germany. Every year in January, conservationists step down in the protected cellar vault to count bats wintering there. The number of bats of 12 different species has risen to 1,800, compared to only 150 in the year 1987. AFP PHOTO PATRICK PLEUL GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read PATRICK PLEUL/AFP/Getty Images)

Rising Number Of Bat Rabies Cases Concerning For Head Of Will County Animal Control

The head of animal control in Will County says he is concerned about the rising number of rabid bats found in homes this summer.

08/25/2015

A  "Horses of Honor" sculpture in memory of Chicago Police Officer Thomas Wortham IV is being sold at auction on EBay. (Credit: horsesofhonor.com)

Police Memorial Foundation Auctioning Off 14 “Horses Off Honor”

Fourteen of the painted fiberglass horses you might have seen on the streets of Chicago this summer have been put up for auction on eBay this week, to benefit the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.

08/24/2015

Gene Horcher, one of 20 protesters arrested. (Credit: Steve Miller).

20 Arrested At Michigan Ave. Demonstration Over State Budget Impasse

Chicago Police say 20 people were arrested at a noontime protest on North Michigan Avenue where dozens demonstrated against politicians’ handling of the state budget.

08/24/2015

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Report: County Animal-Control Officers Are Paid For Commuting To, From Home

The Inspector General’s 15-page report also refers to Cook County’s animal control unit as “efficiently operated,” but says there is an “over-reliance on euthanasia.”

08/21/2015

Shirley Miller, who has been a crossing guard for 15 years, helps parents and their children through an intersection on Amsterdam Avenue on the first day back to school for New York City public school students September 8, 2003 in New York City. This year students face new academic requirements as the Department of Education has overhauled the curriculum. (Photo by Monika Graff/Getty Images)

Suburb: School District Hasn’t Paid Its Share For Crossing Guards

A spat between the village of Buffalo Grove and School District 21 may leave schoolchildren without crossing guards when classes start Monday morning.

08/20/2015

U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Corey Hood prepares to jump with his fellow Army Golden Knights parachutists and the Navy Leap Frogs parachute team at the Chicago Air & Water Show on Aug. 15, 2015.  Hood collided with a Leap Frog parachutist in mid-air, and then hit a high-rise building while unconscious, and died the next day. (Credit: Bart Shore)

Golden Knights Parachutist Who Died After Air Show Accident Posthumously Promoted

The U.S. Army says the 32-year-old parachutist who died after an air show accident here in Chicago has been posthumously promoted to master sergeant, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.

08/19/2015

A greater mouse-eared bat is pictured on January 14, 2011 in the cellar vault of the Old Brewery in Frankfurt an der Oder, eastern Germany. Every year in January, conservationists step down in the protected cellar vault to count bats wintering there. The number of bats of 12 different species has risen to 1,800, compared to only 150 in the year 1987. AFP PHOTO PATRICK PLEUL GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read PATRICK PLEUL/AFP/Getty Images)

Rabid Bat Found Inside Naperville Home

The Will County Health Department says a Naperville family is beginning a series of rabies shots – after a rabid bat was found flying around their home.

08/19/2015

Eric Lorenz holds a photograph he took in high school. (Credit: Jodi Swanson.)

Moraine Valley To Award Diploma To Chicago Ridge Man Dying From Cancer

21-year-old Eric Lorenz – bedridden now with a rare form of cancer – was just two weeks shy of finishing the requirements for his diploma in culinary arts.

08/18/2015

Eric Lorenz holds a photograph he took in high school. (Credit: Jodi Swanson.)

Chicago Ridge Woman Hoping Son Can Receive Culinary Degree Before He Dies From Cancer

A Chicago Ridge woman is trying to help grant her 21-year-old son’s wish before his life is claimed by a rare form of cancer.

08/17/2015

Joe Baker, 29, of Detroit has fun in Chicago, courtesy of Wounded Warrior Project. (Steve Miller)

Veterans Getting Weekend Of R & R In Chicago, Courtesy Of Wounded Warrior Project

The veterans, all from the Midwest and Great Lakes area, spent Thursday at the South Shore Cultural Center for a day of outdoor yoga and paddle-boarding.

08/13/2015

Missouri Woman Fears Illinois Will Keep Son In Foster Care After Turning 18

A Missouri woman has claimed she is fighting a David-and-Goliath battle with the state of Illinois over her son, and she fears even when he turns 18 in two weeks, Illinois will still insist on custody.

08/13/2015

A United Airlines jet taxis at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

United Airlines Sued Over Alleged Sex Abuse By Mentoring Program Supervisor

The first lawsuit against United was filed more than a year ago. The latest is the 19th accusing United of not doing enough to stop sex abuse of boys who ranged in age from 5th grade through high school in the late 1990s.

08/12/2015

A Good Samaritan coming to the rescue of a man inside a car that plunged into Lake Michigan. (Photo supplied to CBS 2)

Good Samaritan Comes To Rescue Of Man Inside Car That Plunged Into Lake Michigan

Police in Waukegan are crediting a good Samaritan with rescuing a man from a car that had just plunged into the lake at the Waukegan Yacht Club.

08/11/2015

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Police: Cop Impersonator Robbed Woman After Stopping Her Car

Streamwood Police say a police impersonator robbed a woman last week – after he stopped her car on a side street near Schaumburg Road and Route 59.

08/11/2015

Curie High School senior Aisolis Ramos (third from the left) at Normandy.  (Credit Aisolis Ramos)

ROTC Students’ Visit To Nomandy The ‘Trip Of A Lifetime’

For Curie High School senior Aisolis Ramos, it started with an essay: why she wanted to go to the site of the D-Day invasion of Europe during World War II.

08/11/2015

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 21: Michael Jordan, Owner of the Charlotte Bobcats unveils the new Charlotte Hornets logo during the game against the Utah Jazz at the Time Warner Cable Arena on December 21, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Michael Jordan Expected In Chicago Courtroom Tuesday In Lawsuit Filed Against Dominick’s

Superstar Michael Jordan is expected to be in federal court Tuesday morning here in Chicago – where he’s suing the parent company of the now-defunct Dominick’s for running an ad six years ago which used Jordan’s name.

08/10/2015

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