Steve 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.
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 Ravenswood family posts a sign on the fence in front of their home, after being targeted by a bicycle thief a couple of weeks ago.
Monsignor Richard Zborowski said it took two days to pick up the pieces after thieves pillaged the rectory at St. Thomas More Church.
The state board of elections does not have any voters’ credit card information or financial records, says General Counsel Ken Menzel.
Joseph Slavik will fly to Washington, courtesy of VNC Honor Flight of Northern and Western Illinois.
A woman is reunited with doctors and nurses at Advocate Christ Medical Center who saved her life 10 years ago. Now, she’s a nurse there.
These inmates have little to lose and act out in hazardous ways. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.
A Harvey park commissioner says he has a solution to the controversy over the naming of a park, which now honors him instead of the late civil rights activist Medgar Evers.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office says the mayor supports the new head of Animal Care and Control, despite an alderman’s questions about leadership and treatment of animals at the Southwest Side facility.
The obstetrics unit at a south suburban hospital has still not reopened after a rabid bat was found there almost two weeks ago.
It’s been a week since Daphne, the 14-pound Yorkie Peekapoo, disappeared from the Hanover Park Animal Care Center.
A woman who once lived at Phillip Keefe’s Avondale residence has no claim to the property. That hasn’t stopped her from filing court papers.
Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights found bats Aug. 4 in the obstetrics unit.
Samples of mosquitos in Cook County are starting to show high levels of West Nile.
A married couple was arrested Sunday after robbing an auto parts store in Hazel Crest. 23-year-old Joseph Crawford and his wife 26-year-old Jordan Coley are being held on armed robbery charges and suspected in a string of suburban robberies, WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.
The Chicago Urban League set a 10-year plan to “dismantle structural racism” in their path to racial equality. The plan was set as the league enters its second centennial, with Chicago Urban League marking its 100th anniversary this year.
A 22-year-old African American woman and her lawyer are threatening a lawsuit and boycott against Culver’s after a coworker created and left a discriminatory figure at the establishment.
Looking for a short cut through a large rail yard north of the Back of the Yards neighborhood, she made it over a fence and then fell and sprained her ankle and couldn’t walk.
A Hyde Park man and the crew of his sailboat rescued the crew of a boat that sank last month in the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, and now he’s telling his story.
Founder Chris Tag once was an art director in advertising, but it was always his goal to leave his cubicle and create a line of bags for men. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.
It’s been a year since a 35-year-old man died at the fest when a storm brought down a tent.