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.

A North Side business posted pictures of a plant thief in the act. (CBS/Steve Miller)

North Side Business Tries To Shame Tipsy Plant Thief

As you approach the front door of City Service Taxi at Peterson and Rockwell, you see the front windows are plastered with security camera stills of a woman who stole some flowering plants from outside.

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Prosecutors: Anti-Government Group Illegally Moved Into Foreclosed Homes In Beverly, Morgan Park

A South Side alderman calls it a “cancer” on his community: An anti-government group illegally moving into homes in foreclosure, and now two of the four men charged have been arrested.

07/01/2015

Tourists visit the World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC. (Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

Honor Flight Chicago Taking World War II Vets To Washington D.C. To See Memorial

As the nation prepares for the Independence Day holiday, Honor Flight Chicago will be taking another group of World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. Tuesday to see the memorial that honors them.

06/29/2015

Kathy Gemperle at the Edgewater Historical Society. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Made In Chicago: Edgewater Historical Society

The Edgewater Historical Society was founded in 1988.

06/29/2015

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Fireworks Set For July 4 At Wrigley Field — A First For The Cubs

The North Siders have not had fireworks at Wrigley Field. Until now, that is, says Cubs spokesman Julian Green.

06/25/2015

1969 Dodge Charger, dubbed 'The General Lee' from the TV series 'The Dukes of Hazzard', is displayed during the 37th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Cars auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Volo Auto Museum Will Continue To Display Confederate Flag Emblazoned General Lee Car From Dukes Of Hazzard

There is more fallout in the Confederate flag debate: Warner Brothers says it will no longer license “Dukes of Hazzard” toys featuring the General Lee – the 1969 Dodge Charger with a Confederate flag on top.

06/24/2015

Richard Drews, president of Dinky Donuts, at a Taste of Chicago preview in Daley Plaza. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Restaurants Provide Taste Of Chicago Preview In Daley Plaza

Taste of Chicago opens in two weeks – and today at Daley Plaza, the downtown lunchtime crowd got a preview.

06/24/2015

Crisp! Fresh Market is opening in a converted unit of a Ford Heights apartment complex. (Credit: Housing Authority of Cook County.)

Unit In Ford Heights Apartment Complex Converted Into Grocery Store

A grocery store has its grand opening today in one of the Chicago area’s starkest examples of a food desert.

06/24/2015

Rob Thomas says he notices the ads the first time about a month and a half ago. (Credit: Steve Miller

Some Beach-Goers Irked By Ads Plastered On Underpass Leading To Oak Street Beach

For the first time in memory, the underpass leading to Oak Street Beach is plastered with billboards and not everybody is pleased to see them as part of the lakefront panorama.

06/23/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

With Payment To Teachers’ Pension Fund Looming, Emanuel Calls On Springfield To Help

With a major payment deadline just over a week away, Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Springfield has to help Chicago work out its public school budget problems, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.

06/22/2015

Melissa Pacheco (WBBM/Steve Miller)

For Mom In Wheelchair, Third-Floor Apartment Is A Challenge

Every time Melissa Pacheco leaves her apartment, her teenage sons must carry her down three flights of stairs.

06/19/2015

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City Offers Vaccine As Number Of Meningitis Cases Grows

The Chicago health department now says a meningitis outbreak is growing, and the city is expanding its recommendations for who should be vaccinated.

06/18/2015

Lake Zurich H.S. Holds Special Commencement For Student Who Was Sick On Graduation Day

Almost 500 seniors graduated from Lake Zurich High School this year. One student who planned to go through graduation on May 31, Erin Adams, could not, as it turned out.

06/10/2015

Chicago artist Thomas Allen Pauly (inset) will paint the official portrait of American Pharoah, the horse who won the 147th Belmont Stakes, and won the first Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing since 1978.  (Photo credit: Steve Miller/CBS and Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Chicago Artist To Paint American Pharoah’s Official Portrait

Chicago artist Thomas Allen Pauly was at Belmont Park last Saturday, when American Pharoah won the Belmont Stakes by five and a half lengths, to win the first Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing since 1978.

06/10/2015

CTU members and supporters marching downtown. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Teachers Hold March In Loop As Contract Nears End

Teachers and their supporters held a rally at the Thompson Center before moving to the streets downtown.

06/09/2015

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Man Discovers Somebody Living On His Boat In Diversey Harbor

A man who keeps a 42-foot boat at Diversey Harbor says he was shocked after he drove in from Michigan early this morning – and found that somebody had been staying on his boat and had trashed it.

06/05/2015

Teuvo Teravainen, right, celebrates his third-period goal with Duncan Keith, center, and David Rundblad, left. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Blue Cross/Blue Shield Building Will Be Lit Up To Honor Blackhawks

On Monday, the Blue Cross Blue Shield building will read: “One Goal 2015.”

06/04/2015

Northwestern University Associate Chaplain Tahera Ahmad. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Flight Attendant Who Refused Muslim Chaplain Unopened Can Will No Longer Serve United Customers

“A good start” is how a Chicago Islamic group describes United Airlines’ latest response to an incident on board a flight last Friday.

06/03/2015

A mysterious growth in Larry Bartoli's yard has been getting bigger and bigger ever since he had a mulberry tree removed more than 15 years ago.  He's dubbed it 'The Blob,' after the 1958 Steve McQueen film of the same name. (Credit: CBS)

‘The Blob’ Taking Over North Side Man’s Front Yard

We expect springtime to bring new growth, but something bizarre has sprouted in a North Center neighborhood family’s yard.

06/03/2015

St. Hyacinth Basilica School. (Credit: CBS)

$5K Stolen From Closing North Side Catholic School

A Catholic school in the Logan Square neighborhood is reeling with the news today that $5,000 has been stolen from the school office.

06/01/2015

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