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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.

Carly Rousso (center) and her parents arrive at the Lake County Courthouse ahead of her bench trial for allegedly huffing keyboard cleaner before running over and killing a 5-year-old girl in Highland Park on Labor Day 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Leader Of Latino Advocacy Group Expresses Sympathy For Carly Rousso

The leader of a group that advocates for Latinos is sympathetic to 20-year-old Carly Rousso – who’s being sentenced next month for DUI, after a collision that killed a 5-year-old Hispanic girl.

08/27/2014

Dick's Sporting Goods made 7,000 of these T-shirts to celebrate the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars, who won the U.S. national title in the Little League World Series. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/CBS)

eBay Sellers Profiting From JRW Championship T-Shirts

If you’re interested in a Jackie Robinson West T-shirt – be prepared to pay for it. And don’t expect your money to benefit the Little League program.

08/27/2014

File Photo (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Suburban Firm Celebrates Anniversary By Giving Clients $100 To “Pay It Forward”

An Arlington Heights financial planning firm is celebrating its 25th anniversary by giving its clients $100 apiece – to “pay it forward.”

08/26/2014

Lincolnwood firefighters use foam to douse flames after two U.S. Postal Service vans caught fire in Lincolnwood on Aug. 25, 2014 (Credit: Scott Lasker/Network Video Productions)

Officials Conducting Arson Investigation After Post Office Vans Burned

Federal authorities were reviewing surveillance camera footage as part of an arson investigation, after to U.S. Postal Service vans were set ablaze Monday night.

08/26/2014

Man Who Was Link In WBBM’s “Unclaimed” Series Dies

Services will be this Friday afternoon for a young Round Lake man who died last week – a man who was a link to WBBM’s “Unclaimed” series five years ago, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.

08/25/2014

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Police: Cab Driver Tried To Abduct Girl On North Side

Police in Chicago say a cab driver tried to abduct a girl Saturday evening on the North Side.

08/24/2014

An unused visiting room in a super maximum security area of Cook County Jail, where Farad Polk became trapped for 32 hours after he walked into the room, and the door locked behind him. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

No Disciplinary Action For Jail Staff After Visitor Trapped For 32 Hours

The Cook County Sheriff’s office has decided not to take any disciplinary action against jail employees, after a 51-year-old visitor was trapped for 32 hours in a small room at the jail last month.

08/22/2014

Cook County Jail

Jail Director Says Visitor’s Abandonment Was ‘Perfect Storm’ Of Mishaps

Trapped inside a small visiting room, 51-year-old Farad Polk says he pounded on the door. But there he stayed for 32 hours, until he set off the fire sprinklers to get noticed. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

08/21/2014

Rev X Indoor Cycling Studio. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Neighbors Claim Evanston Spin Studio Ignoring Noise Complaints

Noise from a spin studio in Evanston has some people upset – claiming their complaints have fallen on deaf ears, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.

08/21/2014

One of two suspects who took eight people hostage in Harvey is taken into custody Wednesday morning. (Credit: CBS)

Nephew Of Hostage Says Aunt Shaken Up But Ok, Calls Her A “Hero”

When the four children were released by the hostage-takers, it was one of the adult hostages who was allowed to escort them out – and then had to turn around and come back to the house.

08/20/2014

Tommie Miller reunited with his family. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Man Homeless For 18 Years Reunited With Family

A 58-year-old Chicago man – homeless for 18 years – has been reunited with his family.

08/19/2014

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)

Tunney Asks Residents If Pride Parade Should Move Downtown

After saying he’s open to moving the annual Pride Parade out of Boystown, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) has launched a survey to find out if the community would support moving the parade downtown.

08/19/2014

A Chicago Fire Department Ambulance (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Man Injured After Falling From Water Tower In Humboldt Park

The fire department has brought a man down from the roof of a commercial building in Humboldt Park – after he fell from the building’s water tower.

08/18/2014

Pravin Varughese. (Credit: Twitter)

Family Of Pravin Varughese Hopes Answers Coming After Police Chief’s Firing

Monday’s firing of the Carbondale police chief has given new hope to a Morton Grove family – as they look for answers in the death of a 19-year-old SIU sophomore.

08/18/2014

Ambulance

23 Hurt After Pepper Spray Attack At Southwest Side Party

Eighteen people were taken to various hospitals after someone sprayed pepper spray during a party Saturday night in the Gage Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

08/17/2014

Jose Velgara, left, and Louis Celiz today. (photos provided by Jose Velgara)

Vietnam Vet Pals Reunite, 48 Years Later

Louis Celiz finally managed to find Jose Velgara and wrote him two weeks ago from California. The letter ended: “Give me a call if this is you.”

08/15/2014

Red Light Cameras

Feds Indict Former Red Light Camera CEO In Bribery Probe

The woman who used to head up Redflex Traffic Systems and the man who use to head up Chicago’s red light camera program have been indicted by a federal grand jury.

08/13/2014

Better Government Association logo. (Credit: BGA)

BGA Suing City Over Blacked Out Emails About Animal Care And Control Commission

The Better Government Association is suing the Emanuel administration for blacking-out large chunks of emails about the troubled Chicago Animal Care and Control Commission.

08/12/2014

Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville and forwards Patrick Kane and Andrew Shaw have accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge from the ALS Association. (Credit: Twitter/@NHLBlackhawks)

ALS Association Invites Chicago To Take Ice Bucket Challenge

You might have seen Patrick Kane do it, or Blackhawks teammate Andrew Shaw. The Chicago chapter of the ALS Association is hoping you’ll take the ice bucket challenge too.

08/12/2014

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Nine Injured, Including FiveFirefighters, After Fire At U Of C Dorm For Faculty, Staff

Nine people -including five firefighters and a child – were injured in a smoky fire in a 15-story University of Chicago dorm for faculty and staff.

08/11/2014

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