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.

Vet examining a pet rat by auscultation (listening to body sounds with the aid of a stethoscope) [Getty Images}

Rare Rat Virus Confirmed In Six Illinois Residents

It’s called the Seoul virus. Symptoms may include fever, severe headache, back and abdominal pain, chills, blurred vision, redness of the eyes, or rash.

01/19/2017

Demonstrator holds up a sign at a rally calling for the legalization of sex work.  (Steve Miller/WBBM)

Chicago Protesters Demand Decriminalization Of Sex Work

About two dozen sex workers and their advocates demonstrated at Daley Plaza Wednesday afternoon, calling for decriminalization of the sex trade.

01/18/2017

Rare and antique books line the shelves at Chetham Library, which was founded in 1653, making it the oldest public libary in the English speaking world on February 14, 2011 in Manchester, England. Chetham's Library, which was established under the Will of Humphrey Chetham (1580-1653) and is the oldest surviving public library in Britain. Humphrey Chetham's Will stipulated that the Library should be 'for the use of schollars and others well affected', and instructed the librarian 'to require nothing of any man that cometh into the library'. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Oak Park Library Abolishing Fines, But There’s A Catch

If you don’t return a book after six weeks, you essentially will have to buy it. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

01/12/2017

A Bow Truss coffee shop; the chain closed on Thursday Jan. 12, 2017. (Bow Truss/Facebook)

Chicago Coffee Shops Closed As Investment Deal Sours

Bow Truss has closed all 10 of its Chicago coffee shops. The owner says he’s trying to see his way through “this interesting situation.”

01/12/2017

A wall at a veterans memorial was tagged recently. (Only Oswego/Facebook)

Wall At Oswego Veterans Memorial Vandalized

For the past several weeks, the village of Oswego has been hit by a graffiti tagger. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

01/10/2017

Thieves have made off with thousands of dollars' worth of copper wiring from street lights. (CBS)

Chicago Moves Closer To Installing LED Street Lamps

The public comment period officially ended Monday for the city’s plan to start replacing 270,000 outdated streetlights with LED lights.

01/10/2017

Jesse Ross disappeared in Chicago in late 2006. (courtesy: findjesseross.com)

Remains Found In Wisconsin Probably Not Those Of Jesse Ross, Family Says

It was just over 10 years ago that 19-year-old Jesse Ross disappeared in Chicago.

01/09/2017

William Carini (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Murder Convict Cleared In Lake County Rape From The 1990s

Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim — who was not in office when William Carini was convicted — says the forensic evidence does not match Carini.

01/03/2017

The Naples Bakery in Evergreen Park is closing for good on Saturday, after nearly 100 years in business. (Naples Bakery/Facebook)

End Of An Era: Naples Bakery Closes, After 97 Years In Business

Naples Bakery started in 1919 in Englewood before moving to Evergreen Park in the 1960s. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

12/31/2016

Martin Daniels (Riverside Police Department)

Car Burglary Suspect Caught After He Stops To Ingest Crack: Police

Martin Daniels of Chicago, 52, is suspected in a string of thefts to cars, stealing from unlocked vehicles and taking everything from iPhones to pocket change.

12/27/2016

EpiPens, injectors filled with epinephrine, are designed to treat people suffering severe allergic reactions, to prevent anaphylactic shock. (Credit: Mylan Specialty L.P.)

DuPage County Deputies To Be Armed With EpiPens

Forty thousand dollars will go to the EpiPen initiative in DuPage County, money raised by the Annie LeGere Foundation. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

12/27/2016

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Pension Fund To Probe How One Man Works For Several Park Districts At Once

The newly hired interim head of the Bensenville Park District is Joe Vallez – who has worked for the North Berwyn, Marengo and Justice park districts.

12/22/2016

A canine enjoys a binful of "upcycled" T-shirts that are now dog toys. (Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez)

Shedd Aquarium, Teens Team Up To Help Four-Legged Creatures

The Teen Learning Lab — a program for about 400 teenagers in the Chicago area — has “upcycled” T-shirts into dog toys. WBBM’s Steve Miller explains.

12/21/2016

The sign of an Aldi store is seen in a shopping mall August 24, 2009 in Alexandria, Virginia. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

County Official Will Try To Persuade Aldi From Closing In Maywood

Aldi says it’s closing the store Dec. 24. Elected officials say that will create a “food desert” because Aldi is the last supermarket in town.

12/15/2016

Chester Weger (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

77-Year-Old Man Convicted In Starved Rock Triple Murder Asks For Parole

A surviving juror says she now believes Chester Weger did not kill three women in 1961. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

12/14/2016

This surveillance image shows a suspect dressed as a delivery man carting off a television. (image provided to CBS)

Thief Disguised As Delivery Man Steals Packages, Including Giant Television

It happened in broad daylight at a 12-unit condo building in Wicker Park. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

12/13/2016

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Suburban Mother Who Killed Her Autistic Son In 2013 Will Be Released From Jail

For nearly four years, Dorothy Spourdalakis has been in jail after drugging her 14-year-old severely autistic son and then stabbing him to death.

12/08/2016

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Investigators Looking Into Woodstock Pot Arrest That Led Officer To Resign

McHenry County’s state’s attorney-elect said prosecutors are investigating a traffic stop by a Woodstock police officer who has now resigned – a traffic stop where the officer said one thing and the dashcam audio showed another.

11/23/2016

Jimmy Ford, center, poses with the elderly couple he helped recently. (Facebook/Jimmy Ford)

Repo Man With Soft Spot Helps Elderly Couple Keep Their Car

He also started a Go Fund Me page to help the downstate couple pay for their medicines. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

11/22/2016

Hobson Oak Tree (Credit: Facebook/Copyright © 2009 John Kalad Photography)

250-Year-Old Hobson Oak Cut Down, Symbolism To Continue

A bur oak tree which stood in DuPage County for 250 years is gone.

11/18/2016

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