Steve 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.
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 protest was held at a store in the Loop Wednesday afternoon where demonstrators called for shops to pay more to garment workers in Cambodia who make some of the clothing that ends up here.
A new exhibit at the Newberry Library aims to show World War One through the eyes of people from Chicago.
Sunday’s Mexican Independence Day parade in Little Village could feature a preview of next year’s race for mayor of Chicago.
State Police are investigating two shootings overnight on two Chicago expressways.
“Extremely disappointing” is how three Illinois congressmen describe the FAA’s decision to NOT do another review of O’Hare noise levels.
The alderman who conducted a survey on whether the gay pride parade should be moved says he has some very preliminary results.
Firefighters in Maywood have filed a union grievance against the village and fire chief for demanding that they remove their own American flag and other stickers from the lockers and helmets.
A popular Lakeview restaurant is apologizing for a Tweet that advertised a “knockout deal” – a deal the Tweet referred to as “the Ray Rice.”
Distracted drivers have always been a problem for firetrucks and ambulances that need cars to get out of the way – but because the Chicago Fire Department’s calls have being going up, the department says those distracted drivers are a bigger problem these days.
Waukegan ‘Spiritual Healer’ Apparently Leaves Town After Scamming People Out Of Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars
Waukegan Police say a woman who advertised herself as a spiritual healer has apparently skipped town – after scamming people out of tens of thousands of dollars.
It may have been an unforgettable few minutes for 500 students at Saint Joan of Arc Catholic School in Lisle, some of whom got to chat with an astronaut on the International Space Station, reports WBBM’S Steve Miller.
An off-duty Harvey police officer is in critical condition after he was beaten up during a robbery early Sunday near the Museum of Science and Industry.
There was a litany of things for reporters to ask Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy today after he made a speech downtown – but he made a dash out of the room instead.
The first personal injury lawsuit has been filed – following that O’Hare shuttle bus crash last Friday which injured more than a dozen people.
A Chicago woman says an alderman touched her breast and shoved her Monday because she refused to take off a campaign button for the candidate who’s challenging the alderman.
Illinois Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth – an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee – has announced that she’s pregnant.
The city of Chicago closed the first eight months of 2014 with the fewest murder to date, since 1963.
Chicago Police say a man is in custody for throwing his girlfriend’s 18-month-old daughter out a car window on a South Side street early Monday morning.
For the third straight year, the Gresham Police District at 78th and Halsted is the place for free back-to-school haircuts – and some free advice on life.
Chicago Police say two men got out of a car in the 1900 block of North Ridgeway at 10:50 p.m. and attacked the man in the alley. Neighbors say it was a black car.