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.

The shooting occurred in a gas station near Wood Street and Sibley Boulevard. (Credit: Captured News)

Harvey Police Issue Arrest Warrant For Man In Gas Station Shooting

Harvey police say there’s an arrest warrant for a 24-year-old man accused of murdering a 17-year-old and critically wounding the teenager’s mother over the weekend.

06/01/2015

Rachel Sweet

A Year After Lung Transplant, Mokena Teen To Graduate High School

“Tuesday she’s going to walk down the aisle, and I’m probably going to cry like a baby. I won’t be able to control my emotions,” said Sue Sweet, whose daughter, Rachel Sweet, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age 4.

05/29/2015

Blue Frog's Local 22 owner John Reed and his wife Kelly stand in front of their bar, where sidewalk seating has been blocked by scaffolding erected by the condominium association that shares the building. (Credit: Steve Miller/WBBM)

River North Bar Suing Condo Owners After Scaffolding Blocks Sidewalk Cafe

The owners of a River North bar and grill have sued the condo association that shares their building, claiming renovation work on the condos is threatening to put their bar out of business.

05/28/2015

Emmett Frank. (Credit:  sudc.org/emmetsrun.)

North Aurora Family Still Searching For Answers After Toddler’s Mysterious Death

A North Aurora family is remembering their son who died in 2013 at the age of 16 months. What remains a mystery is why he died, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.

05/28/2015

Chicago police officers Jerome Finnegan (left) and Timothy McDermott (right) . (Source: Court photo.)

Emanuel Says ‘Good Riddance’ To Cop Fired For Posing In Photo With Black Man Dressed In Antlers

Mayor Emanuel says “good riddance” to a police officer who was fired last year – more than 10 years after a photo was taken of two officers with rifles and an African American man lying on the floor wearing antlers.

05/27/2015

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Taste Of Chicago To Feature 19 New Restaurants, Food Trucks

This summer’s Taste of Chicago is featuring 19 restaurants that are new to Taste. WBBM’s Steve Miller has a preview of one newcomer.

05/27/2015

Rekia Boyd (Supplied Photo)

Memorial Service Held For Rekia Boyd Near Spot Where She Was Fatally Shot By Cop

In Douglas Park on Chicago’s Near West Side, near the spot where a police officer shot and killed 22-year-old Rekia Boyd three years ago, a few dozen people held a memorial service for her and others they say are casualties of war.

05/25/2015

Danny Domres (picture provided by family)

Chicago-Area Family Concerned After Soldier Goes AWOL In Colorado

Danny Domres, an Oswego High School graduate, may be suffering from PTSD, his mother tells WBBM’s Steve Miller.

05/22/2015

Missy, a pit bull since renamed "Monkey" is getting care at Found Chicago, after being left alone in a Chicago Animal Care and Control van for five days in April, with almost no food or water. (Credit: Steve Miller/WBBM)

Pit Bull Left Alone 5 Days Gaining Weight, But Still Weeks Away From Adoption

The one-year-old pit bull mix that was left alone in a Chicago city dog pound van for at least five days last month is now a step closer to getting her “forever home.”

05/22/2015

The Cook County Sheriff's Department has deployed resources to work at Jewish Graceland Cemetery. (CBS/Steve Miller)

Sheriff’s Office Lends Hand At Neglected Part Of Jewish Cemetery

But will someone step in to permanently solve maintenance issues at Jewish Graceland Cemetery? WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

05/21/2015

Thousands of protesters demand $15 hr wages outside McDonald's HQ. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Workers Protest Outside McDonald’s HQ Calling For $15-An-Hour Wages

About two thousand McDonald’s workers demonstrated for higher wages at the chain’s corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.

05/20/2015

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Personal Information Of 4,000 Students Turned Over To Software Companies By CPS

Chicago Public Schools officials have contacted the families of 4,000 students – because of a data breach involving personal information on those students.

05/19/2015

Gloria and Emilio Estefan. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Gloria Estefan Musical “On Your Feet” Coming To Chicago For Pre-Broadway Run

“On Your Feet” – the story of Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio – begins its pre-Broadway run here in Chicago in two weeks.

05/19/2015

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Advocate Says CPS May Not Be Teaching Kids Sexual Abuse Prevention

An Elgin woman who was the force behind Erin’s Law, mandating that all schools in the state teach sexual abuse prevention, says she’s concerned that the largest school district in the state may not be complying with the law.

05/18/2015

Elsa the albino raccoon. (Credit: Adam Ring.)

Rare Albino Raccoon Found In Attic Of Lake County Home

WBBM’s Steve Miller reports the owner of the home first thought squirrels were in the attic.

05/14/2015

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Chinese Student Arrives in Chicago After Walking Most Of Route 66

A small contingent of his blog readers met Boyi Ouyang near Jackson and Michigan Avenue as he wheeled his bag to a stop near the sign that marks the end of Route 66.

05/13/2015

Some of the women say they've been retaliated against for speaking out. (Credit: Steve Miller)

More Women Join Lawsuit Against Ford Alleging Sexual Harassment At Chicago Area Plants

A total of 33 women in the Chicago area are now suing the Ford Motor Company – claiming they were sexually harassed.

05/12/2015

A photo of 6-year-old Timmothy Pitzen not long before he disappeared in May 2011, at left, and an age-progressed image of how he would look now, at age 10, at right. (Credit: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)

Four Years Later, Still No Signs Of Missing Aurora Boy

It has been four years since a 6-year-old Aurora boy disappeared, and police are hoping a new age-progression sketch will bring in clues on his whereabouts.

05/12/2015

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Police: Man Murdered By Three Men Breaking Into Cars At Merrillville Apartment Complex

Police in Northwest Indiana are looking for the men who shot and killed a 55-year-old Merrillville man as he was leaving home for work early this morning.

05/06/2015

Snowy Plovers run in the surf at Melbourne Beach in Florida. (Credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Snowy Plover Spotted In Chicago For Only Second Time Ever

It’s a rare bird in these parts: For only the second time ever, a snowy plover has been spotted in Chicago, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.

05/06/2015

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