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.

Cadavers stored in cardboard boxes found in a   closet at Malcolm X College. (Credit: Dennis Stefanowicz)

Attorney: Malcolm X Health Sciences Dean Fired For Blowing Whistle Improperly Stored Cadavers

“It was a very macabre discovery,” said Dennis Stefanowicz, the attorney for Dr. Micah Young, who was fired as dean of Malcolm X College health sciences in February.

04/28/2015

Art Noonan, a retired Chicago firefighter,  spent five days at Ground Zero, which he believes contributed to his leukemia diagnosis. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Sen. Kirk Pushes For Funds To Help Ground Zero Workers Pay Medical Bills

Republican Senator Mark Kirk is giving some bipartisan support to renew money for a bill many of his colleagues were reluctant to endorse the first time around: helping pay medical bills of those who worked at Ground Zero.

04/27/2015

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Dog Left In Animal Control Van For Days

A major benefactor of Chicago Animal Care and Control tells WBBM the latest foul-up at the facility is “unconscionable.”

04/24/2015

Hundreds of Armenian-Americans packed Daley Plaza on Friday to mark the centennial of the Armenian genocide during World War I. (Credit: CBS)

Armenians Commemorate Centennial Of Genocide By Ottoman Turks

Armenians in Chicago gathered at Daley Plaza on Friday to mark the 100th anniversary of what historians recognize as the first genocide of the 20th century: the killing of 1.5 Armenians by the Ottoman Empire, what is now modern day Turkey.

04/24/2015

Laura Ceja says she hates to hear the word retire, but says this is probably the year. (Credit: Trinity Hospital)

Trinity Hospital Honoring Woman Who Has Worked There For 61 Years

Imagine working 61 years at the same place. Today – Advocate Trinity Hospital is honoring an employee who has worked there for all those years.

04/22/2015

One of Chicago's most festive occasions, the Chicago Pride Parade, happened on Sunday, June 24th. With a record-breaking 850,000 people, it was a blast! Check out these photos from B96. (credit: B96 Chicago)

Pride Parade To Stay In Lakeview; Activist Petitioning For Move Downtown

Despite some opposition from some members of the community, the annual Pride Parade will stay in the Boystown area of Lakeview this year.

04/22/2015

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Police Investigating Killing Of College Student In Washington Heights

Chicago police are investigating the killing of a 21-year-old Olive-Harvey College student gunned down late Monday night near his home in the Washington Heights neighborhood.

04/21/2015

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Made In Chicago: Egress Cremains Scattering

Susan and Dennis Martinek have been married for 33 years.

04/06/2015

Ernie Banks in 2007. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Cubs To Pay Tribute To Ernie Banks On Opening Night

They won’t play two, but the Cubs will pay tribute to the late Hall of Famer Ernie Banks on Opening Night, covering the entire bleacher section with photos of “Mr. Cub.”

CBS Chicago–03/31/2015

Alderman Lynne Johnson. (Credit city of Aurora website)

Aurora Mayor Calls On Alderman To Resign After Discovering Shoplifting Arrest

The mayor of Aurora is calling for the resignation of an alderman – now that the mayor has discovered that alderman was arrested for shoplifting in 2013.

03/30/2015

A Chicago Animal Care & Control  van. (Credit: CBS)

Petition Calls For City To Reverse Ordinance And Hold Stray Animals For 5 Days Instead Of 3

There’s an on-line petition drive to get the city of Chicago to reverse an ordinance approved last fall – and go back to holding stray animals for five days instead of just three.

03/30/2015

Runners in the Shamrock Shuffle battling the wind on Franklin Street near Willis Tower. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Thousands Run In Windy Shamrock Shuffle

Thirty thousand people signed up for what turned out to be a windy Shamrock Shuffle.

03/29/2015

Two people were injured in a crash early Sunday in the 3100 block of South Damen. | Network Video Productions

Crash In McKinley Park Leaves One Woman Dead, One Critically Injured

Chicago Police say a 23-year-old woman is dead and another woman in critical condition after their car crashed into a truck on Damen near the Stevenson Expressway.

03/29/2015

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Ricketts Silent On Rooftop Owners’ Opposition At City Club Luncheon

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts was mum on the rooftop owners’ efforts to stop a 2,200-square-foot video board in right field.

CBS Chicago–03/25/2015

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Attorney General Sues Head Of Violence Prevention Charity

The Illinois Attorney General is suing a Chicago area man who has been the leader of a violence prevention charity and the lawsuit claims he only spent 7 percent of the assets on violence prevention.

03/24/2015

The late Helen Roach (courtesy Grady Davis)

Woman’s Body Unclaimed, But Her Friends Are Trying To Arrange A Proper Burial

Eleonora Roach is fondly remembered by a co-worker, who thinks it’s a shame she had no one when to look after her when she died. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

03/24/2015

A Frank Thomas rookie card sold at an unclaimed property auction by the Illinois Treasurer's office. (Credit: Illinois Treasurer's office)

Illinois Treasurer’s Office Auction Brings In More Than $90,000

The Illinois State Treasurer’s online auction has just brought in more than $90,000

03/23/2015

Reginal Brown (Credit: Chicago Police)

Man Accused In Toddler’s Death To Appear In Court Monday

A court hearing is set for Monday for a 36-year-old Chicago man accused in the death of a 2-year-old boy last summer, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.

03/22/2015

Starbucks employees in downtown Chicago show one of the store's "Race Together" stickers. (CBS)

Not All Starbucks Stores Serving Up Racial Discussion With Coffee

Not every Starbucks is into it. The manager of one downtown Starbucks says his location has opted out of the “Race Together” campaign encouraged by the company’s boss.

03/19/2015

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Bensenville Credits Youth Soccer League For Steep Decline In Crime

The dramatic drop in crime around four apartment buildings is over the past three years, says Bensenville Village President Frank Soto.

03/18/2015

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