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.

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

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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

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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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After ‘Walking Man’ Is Attacked, Nephew Starts Fundraising Drive

The “Walking Man” — or “Walking Dude” — is the long-haired loner who for years has been seen downtown doing just that: walking. He was severely beaten earlier this week.

05/25/2016

Animal Shelter

Appellate Judges May Decide Fate Of Two Dogs Held At City Pound For Last 4 Years

The city wants to euthanize Thumbellina and Moo Moo and maintains they are dangerous. Owner Charlette Wortham disagrees. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

05/25/2016

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$100K Bond For Man Charged With Assaulting Oak Brook Police Officer

(CBS) — A 19-year-old Chicago man appeared in court today and is being held on $100,000 bond after being charged with aggravated assault and battery to an Oak Brook police officer. It was a week […]

05/11/2016

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Man Sues Indiana, Road Contractors After Wife Killed When Car Drove Off Cline Avenue Bridge

A Chicago man is suing the state of Indiana and its road building contractors blaming them for a fiery accident on the Cline Avenue Bridge that killed his wife 14 months ago.

05/11/2016

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Pair Of Mexican Gray Wolf Puppies Born At Brookfield Zoo Placed With Wild Litter

For only the second time ever, wolf puppies that were born in a zoo have been placed with a litter of wolves in the wild to help boost the wild population and both times, the puppies came from Brookfield Zoo.

05/10/2016

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Made In Chicago: Pert Cleaners

(CBS) — Pert Cleaners in Old Irving Park is probably a lot like the dry cleaner in your neighborhood. Except Pert Cleaners has a museum of laundry and dry cleaning, like a collection of old […]

05/09/2016

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Former Cook County Jail Inmate Sues Guard Over Beating Caught On Tape

A former Cook County Jail inmate has sued a correctional officer over a beating at the jail three years ago.

05/06/2016

Alena Gavrikova is seen wearing Marciano jumper, Gucci shoes, and Chanel handbag during Art Basel Miami Beach - Vernissage at the Miami Beach Convention Center on December 3, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images)

Mag Mile Store Scene Of Mass Handbag Grab

Thieves took hundreds of dollars in high-end bags from a Neiman Marcus on Michigan Avenue.

05/05/2016

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Headstones From Plot Belonging To Prominent Early Chicagoan Alexander Robinson Returned To Family

The descendants of one of Chicago’s most prominent early citizens are unveiling a piece of history today something the family feared might have been lost decades ago, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.

05/05/2016

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Families File Lawsuit Over Transgender Students’ Use Of Locker Rooms, Restrooms In Suburban School District

An organization that says it represents more than four dozen families is suing the federal government and Palatine’s Township School District 211 over transgender students’ use of locker rooms and restrooms.

05/04/2016

A litter of puppies receives care at Hoof Woof & Meow Animal Rescue in Woodstock. (Facebook/Hoof Woof & Meow)

Animal Shelter Gets Rest Of Litter, Following Discovery Of Abandoned Puppy In Pillow Case

And then there were ten. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

04/28/2016

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More Than A Dozen Graves Of Civil War Veterans To Get Headstones In Oswego Cemetery

(CBS) — More than a dozen forgotten graves of Civil War veterans will be getting headstones at a cemetery in Oswego – after a yearlong effort by the Sons of Union Veterans, reports WBBM’s Steve […]

04/28/2016

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Chicago Artist Painting Mural In Honor Of Prince

A Chicago artist is painting a mural in tribute to Prince.

04/26/2016

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New Chicago Corruption Walking Tour Starts Sunday

A new Chicago walking tour hits the streets on Sunday.

04/26/2016

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DuPage County Sees Rise In Fentanyl-Related Deaths

Another county in the Chicago area is seeing an increase in the number of Fentanyl-related deaths.

04/20/2016

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