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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Grocery Store Gives Ailing Woman Early Christmas Gift

(CBS) – A 68-year-old Chicago woman says her neighborhood grocery store helped her out in a big way this past weekend by surprising her—and paying for everything in her shopping cart—and now she says she […]

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A map on the Chicago City Clerk's website lays out all of the residential parking zones in the city -- more than 1,400 of them. (Credit: Chicago City Clerk)

Clerk’s Website Helping City Drivers Navigate Residential Parking Zones

If you’ve ever been confused by Chicago’s residential parking system, or gotten a ticket when you parked on a zoned street, City Clerk Susana Mendoza hopes you’ll appreciate a new addition to her website.

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Aunt Of Two Suspects In Teen’s Murder: “They Were Not Raised Like This”

The great aunt of two of the suspects charged with killing an honor roll student during a mugging last week said her nephews were good boys growing up, and she hopes, whatever happens with the case, her nephews can be shown mercy.

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Meteorologist, NIU Grad Shot In Parking Lot Near Waco TV Station

A TV meteorologist – educated at NIU – has been shot and wounded in the station’s parking lot near Waco, Texas.

12/17/2014

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Man Recuperating After Being Rescued By Coast Guard From Uninhabited Island In Bahamas

A 39-year-old man with ties to Illinois is recuperating at a Key West, Florida, hospital – after being rescued last night from a small island in the Bahamas.

12/16/2014

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Brookfield Zoo Celebrating Birth Of Bottlenose Dolphin Calf

Zoo officials are “cautiously optimistic” as things have gone swimmingly for a new dolphin calf born Friday afternoon at Brookfield Zoo.

12/14/2014

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Illinois Sees Spike In Flu Cases Over Past Few Weeks

Throughout the state of Illinois, flu cases have taken a big jump in the past few weeks.

12/09/2014

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U Of C Prof Wants Chicago Police To Release Squad Car Video Of Fatal Shooting By Officers

A University of Chicago law professor is calling for the release of Chicago Police squad car video of a fatal shooting by officers two months ago.

12/08/2014

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11 Hospitalized After CO Leak At Food Processor On Near West Side

Eleven people were hospitalized Monday morning after being sickened by carbon monoxide at a Near West Side food business.

12/08/2014

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Got A Thanksgiving Pie Emergency? Call Sara Lee

You’ve probably heard of the Butterball Hotline, but for two years now, Chicago-based Sara Lee has staffed a Pie Hotline.

11/26/2014

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Flu Cases In Suburban Cook County On The Rise

In the past week, the Cook County Department of Public Health has seen a 32 percent increase in emergency room visits in suburban Cook County for cases of the flu, or flu-like symptoms, when compared to the week before.

11/25/2014

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Lincoln Park Zoo Researchers Find Chimps Modify Sticks To Collect Food

Researchers at Lincoln Park Zoo say chimpanzees are quick-learners that they find out fast how to modify sticks to get food more efficiently.

11/24/2014

Police say the man used his foot to conceal the bill after a customer in front of him dropped it. (Credit: Batavia Police Facebook page)

Batavia Police Identify Man Who Pocketed $100 Bill, Money Returned To Owner

After Batavia Police posted gas station security photos of a man on Facebook last week, they’ve now been able to identify the person who picked up a $100 bill that fell out of another man’s pocket.

11/24/2014

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Suburban Woman’s Murder In Wisconsin Resembles 2004 Kidnapping Case

An Arlington Heights man was being held on $1 million bail in Wisconsin, charged with killing his estranged wife with a hatchet, after she had fled to Mount Pleasant to stay with friends who offered her shelter from her husband. The murder brings to mind the story of another woman who was kidnapped in Racine County in 2004.

11/21/2014

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Chicago Police HQ Has Unwelcome Guests: Bedbugs

Chicago police confirm they’ve been dealing with those unwelcome intruders at the Public Safety Building at 35th and Michigan.

11/20/2014

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Arlington Heights Woman Killed In Wisconsin; Estranged Husband Arrested

An Arlington Heights woman was slain in southern Wisconsin on Wednesday night, and her estranged husband has been taken into custody.

11/20/2014

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Police: Robber With Fake Gun Shot By Calumet City Bakery Owner Seven Times

Police in Calumet City say they don’t expect charges against a bakery owner who shot a robber seven times – after the robber threatened the owner Tuesday with what turned out to be a fake gun.

11/19/2014

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Bank Robbery Suspect Who Fatally Shot Himself After Car Chase Identified As Former Atlanta Cop

A man suspected of robbing a bank Friday morning and leading police on a car chase through the south suburbs before fatally shooting himself has been identified as a former lieutenant with the Atlanta Police Department.

11/19/2014

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Burglars Drive Car Into Northbrook Louis Vuitton Store

Burglars have hit another Louis Vuitton store in the suburbs, two months after a similar smash-and-grab at the Vuitton store in Oakbrook netted $120,000 in high-end bags and merchandise for the culprits.

11/18/2014

Police say the man used his foot to conceal the bill after a customer in front of him dropped it. (Credit: Batavia Police Facebook page)

Batavia Police Searching For Man Who Pocketed $100 Bill At Gas Station

Police in Batavia are searching for a man they say pocketed a $100 bill that was dropped by a customer ahead of him at a gas station.

11/17/2014

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