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.

Lurie Garden Head Horticulturist Laura Ekasetya, standing behind a rattlesnake master, a prickly plant in the garden. Lurie has no wild parsnip. (Steve Miller/WBBM)

Wild Parsnip Threat Overstated, Horticulture Expert Says

If the sap from the yellow-flowering weed gets on your skin – and if you don’t wash it off — it can cause a rash and blisters when your skin is exposed to the sun. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

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Horseshoe Casino Reopens After Power Outage

There were some disappointed gamblers this weekend at the Hammond, Ind. casino. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

06/27/2016

Ann & Robert Lurie Children's Hospital, the new home of Children's Memorial Hospital, will open on Saturday, June 9, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Lurie Hospital Gender Identity Clinic Gets $500K From Pritzker

The gender and sex development program at Lurie Children’s Hospital has just received a $500,000 grant from Jennifer Pritzker, a Chicago philanthropist who is a transgender woman.

06/24/2016

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Man Steals Rental Vehicle With Sleeping Boy Inside

A California family that had just flown into O’Hare late Wednesday night became victims of a car theft not long after they rented a vehicle and hit the road for Wisconsin.

06/23/2016

The jazz orchestra of Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles rehearses. (Steve Miller/WBBM)

Made In Chicago: Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles

WBBM’s Steve Miller sat in on a jazz orchestra rehearsal as they were preparing late additions to the Pride Week program — pieces added because of what happened in Orlando.

06/20/2016

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Mayor Emanuel Snaps At Parks Group Over Lucas Museum Stalemate

WBBM’s Steve Miller reports the mayor was asked about rumored demands the group is making to allow the Lucas Museum on the lakefront.

06/20/2016

Phillip Keefe (Steve Miller/WBBM)

Home Owner Has To Deal With Another Bogus Eviction Attempt

When we last spoke with Phillip Keefe, he’d received three eviction summonses from a woman who doesn’t live in or own his three-flat. Now, he’s gotten a fourth.

06/17/2016

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Teacher Launches Effort To Raise Money For Student’s Cancer Treatment

A teacher at an elementary school near Washington Park is leading the efforts to raise money tomorrow for a 6th grade girl who has Stage 4 cancer.

06/15/2016

Phillip Keefe (Steve Miller/WBBM)

Avondale Two-Flat Haunted By Ex-Owner, Who’s Very Much Alive

Phillip Keefe bought the home in the 3100 block of North Springfield a year ago. Since then, the previous owner has managed to file eviction papers against him — three times.

06/14/2016

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Threat Reported Against Chicago Area Mosque, Muslim Leaders Say

Muslim leaders in Chicago called a news conference to condemn the mass shooting in Orlando.

06/13/2016

Girl Scouts sell cookies as a winter storm moves in on February 8, 2013 in New York City. The scouts did brisk business, setting up shop in locations around Midtown Manhattan on National Girl Scout Cookie Day. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Girl Scouts Lean On Cookie Deadbeats To Pay Up

“Cookie debt” happens when people decide they don’t want the boxes they order or when a troop orders more boxes than they can sell. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

06/10/2016

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Woman’s Missing Chihuahua Ends Up Being Another Family’s Long-Lost Pet

This is the story of a dog named Jake, but he’s really Chiquito. Follow? WBBM’s Steve Miller has this report.

06/09/2016

Joseph Kromelis in happier times. (courtesy: Vytas Vaitkus)

Two Weeks After Attack, Nephew Of ‘Walking Man’ Still Trying To Find Uncle

It has been just over two weeks since the “Walking Man” – Joseph Kromelis – was attacked and ended up in the hospital, and his nephew said he’s “hitting roadblocks everywhere” he goes in his effort to get him money he raised for his medical bills.

06/09/2016

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Tax On Trading Stocks Pushed To Raise Revenue

It would amount to a sales tax on trading stocks.

06/07/2016

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Man Arrested After Threatening Officer’s Life On Facebook: Westchester Police

It was all over a $25 parking ticket, says Westchester Police Chief Steve Stelter.

06/02/2016

Warren Harding Christian III (picture provided by Gregory Kulis)

Suit: Chicago Area Cop Wrongly Killed Man Who Tried To Steal Meat

Warren Harding Christian III went to a store to steal food “to feed his mother and family,” the wrongful-death lawsuit says. The police-involved shooting that occurred next was not justified, his survivors say.

06/02/2016

A dog at North Chicago's animal pound. (CBS)

Willow Springs Man Accused In Nationwide Dog Fight Ring

A Willow Springs man is accused of being part of a multi-state dog fighting ring and the U.S. Justice Department says 66 dogs have been rescued.

06/01/2016

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Driver Takes Wrong Turn, Damaging Elgin Ballfields

Elgin police say a 74-year-old Hoffman Estates woman made a wrong turn yesterday and took out parts of three fences and a flagpole at the Elgin National Little League fields.

05/31/2016

Photo Of The U.S. Flag. (John Cody/WBBM Photo)

Historian Hopes To Get Headstones For Three Illinois Brothers Who Fought In Civil War

Three of the six Mithcell Brothers who fought for the Union are buried in an abandoned Chicago area cemetery.

05/28/2016

Seventeen-year-old Sincere Brannon stands next to his work "Abstract Splatter." (Steve Miller/WBBM)

Chicago Students Show Their Art At Prestigious Loop Location

The Union League Club says it has the largest private art collection in the Midwest outside of the Art Institute. Adding to that for the month of June is the work of twelve teens.

05/26/2016

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