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 self-balancing unicycle. (Credit: On Balance Outdoor)

Made In Chicago: Self-Balancing Unicycles

On the sidewalk, you’d never hear a self-balancing unicycle coming, but you’d see it.

11/10/2014

Right now, the sea otter is known as Pup 681. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Shedd Raising Sea Otter Pup Abandoned In California

The Shedd Aquarium is raising a sea otter pup that was abandoned by her mother about five weeks ago off the California coast – about an hour south of San Francisco.

11/05/2014

2011 Ford Explorers roll of the assembly at the Chicago Assembly Plant on on December 1, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The plant builds the Ford Taurus, Explorer and Lincoln MK X. Ford reported Decmber 1, a 24 percent increase in November sales from the same period last year. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Female Ford Employees: We Were Sexually Harassed At Chicago Plant

Defendant Ford Motor Co. said in a statement that it is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and that it takes reports of harassment and discrimination seriously.

11/03/2014

Two people were found shot to death inside a van early Sunday in south suburban Ford Heights, police said. | NVP News video

Police Investigating Two Double Murders In Ford Heights

There has been a double homicide in Ford Heights – just two days after another double homicide in that south suburb.

11/02/2014

A Gage Park home is perilously near a giant hole. (Steve Miller/WBBM)

Chicago Resident, 90, Tells City: Fix The Giant Hole On My Street, Already

Martha Krasauskis says she’s been waiting — and waiting — for city crews to plug a giant hole in the Gage Park neighborhood. WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller pays a visit.

10/29/2014

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T-Shirt Activism Stirs Controversy At DePaul

A group of DePaul students has been selling T-shirts to raise awareness of sexual assault, but the message on those shirts isn’t sitting well with some women.

10/29/2014

Stacy Peterson (Supplied Photo)

Stacy Peterson’s Family Won’t Have Her Declared Legally Dead After All

Seven years ago Tuesday, Stacy Peterson disappeared from her home in Will County, never to be seen again, and her family said they are now reconsidering a decision to file papers to declare her legally dead.

10/28/2014

Military veterans could adopt a dog or cat and have the adoption fee waived. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Dog, Cat Adoption Fees Waived For Military Veterans At Anti-Cruelty Society Event

Military veterans can adopt a dog or cat from the Anti-Cruelty Society today – and have the adoption fee waived.

10/27/2014

Flu vaccine and a syringe are displayed on a table. (Photo by Robert Giroux/Getty Images)

Chicago Hospital Gives Flu Shots To Staff, Students

Rush University Medical Center is giving flu shots to about 3,000 of its staff and students today – and reminding other people to get vaccinated.

10/23/2014

Steven  Podkulski (Credit: illinois Department of Corrections.)

Man Charged For 2002 Murder Of Bedford Park Public Storage Employee

WBBM has learned there’s been an arrest in a murder from 2002: the stabbing death of a Public Storage employee in Bedford Park.

10/22/2014

Darren Vann (Credit: Hammond Police)

Darren Vann A Possible Suspect In North Carolina Murder 22 Years Ago

Police detectives in North Carolina tell WBBM they are looking at Darren Vann as a possible suspect in an unsolved murder from 22 years ago.

10/21/2014

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Person Of Interest In Custody As Bodies Of Three Women Found In Gary, One In Hammond

The bodies of three females were found in three separate locations overnight in Gary.

10/19/2014

Ebola virus. (Photo by Center for Disease Control (CDC) via Getty Images)

Local Doctors Heart-Broken Over Ebola Spread In Liberia

This is a difficult time for Chicago doctors who have traveled to Liberia in recent years to work in a hospital there.

10/16/2014

Inside Fantasy Costumes on Milwaukee Avenue. (Credit: Steve Miller0

Costume Store Manager Says Customers Using ‘Breaking Bad’ Haz Mat Suits To Design Ebola Costumes

What do you get when you cross the TV show “Breaking Bad” with current events? The answer is: one of this year’s most popular – and perhaps most tasteless – Halloween costumes.

10/15/2014

Pravin Varughese. (Credit: Twitter)

Morton Grove Officials Supporting Family Of SIU Student Who Died Under Suspicious Circumstances

The family of an SIU student from Morton Grove – a 19-year-old who died in February under cloudy circumstances downstate – is now getting some support from Morton Grove officials.

10/13/2014

Karen Lewis. (Credit: CBS)

Hospital Test Results Not Yet In On Karen Lewis

As WBBM has been reporting, Chicago Teachers Union President and potential mayoral candidate Karen Lewis was hospitalized Sunday for tests.

10/08/2014

Ebola virus. (Photo by Center for Disease Control (CDC) via Getty Images)

Illinois Head Of Public Health Says State Is Prepared To Handle Ebola

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck says hospitals are on standby – in case there are cases of Ebola.

10/08/2014

Alumni from Burnham Elementary school and their families celebrating their 75th anniversary. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Alumni Of Cicero Elementary School Celebrate 75th Reunion

Burnham Elementary School in Cicero – Class of 1939 – celebrated its 75th and final reunion this afternoon.

10/07/2014

Actor Martin Sheen campaigning with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Actor Martin Sheen Stumps For Governor Quinn, Calls For Raising Minimum Wage

Governor Quinn brought out some star-power support for his re-election campaign: Martin Sheen, who played a president on TV for seven years.

10/05/2014

Crews remove wreckage from a deadly crash on the Bishop Ford Expressway early Sunday morning. (Credit: CBS)

Two Men Killed In Bishop Ford Crash

Two dead in a crash on the southbound Bishop Ford Expressway early Sunday morning.

10/05/2014

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