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.
Lake County Coroner Dr. Thomas Rudd says Lt. Gliniewicz died of a single catastrophic gunshot wound.
Big jackpot winners are suing the Illinois Lottery – because they haven’t seen a penny of their prize money since there is no state budget yet.
The gravestones of some Civil War veterans have been neglected for decades – but now those graves in Downers Grove are getting new markers.
WBBM’s Steve Miller reports on how Robbie Chernow, 28, became “The Lonely Guy.”
A popular running store in Old Town has been having a tough time returning to normal, after it was damaged in the same fire that has shut down The Second City for at least two more weeks.
Cameron Pepera had just started seventh grade. He was on the cross-country team.
A man in Lake in the Hills is intrigued, but slightly creeped out by his neighbors, and the colony of bats living in a silo right next door.
A man charged with breaking into a home in southwest suburban Willowbrook, and sexually assaulting and stabbing a 26-year-old woman, has been ordered held on a $5 million bond.
A Chicago area man has filed suit against the company that owns the Ashley Madison website, saying his personal information was violated by the recent data breach.
It was 10 years ago when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and displaced thousands of families, many of whom came to Chicago because that was where help was offered.
Lucas Cervone is getting more chemotherapy, and Lifesource is helping the family search for a bone marrow donor.
That snake story we’ve been reporting – about a supposedly venomous cottonmouth on the loose in Kane County? Now authorities aren’t so sure.
The head of animal control in Will County says he is concerned about the rising number of rabid bats found in homes this summer.
Fourteen of the painted fiberglass horses you might have seen on the streets of Chicago this summer have been put up for auction on eBay this week, to benefit the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.
Chicago Police say 20 people were arrested at a noontime protest on North Michigan Avenue where dozens demonstrated against politicians’ handling of the state budget.
The Inspector General’s 15-page report also refers to Cook County’s animal control unit as “efficiently operated,” but says there is an “over-reliance on euthanasia.”
A spat between the village of Buffalo Grove and School District 21 may leave schoolchildren without crossing guards when classes start Monday morning.
The U.S. Army says the 32-year-old parachutist who died after an air show accident here in Chicago has been posthumously promoted to master sergeant, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.
The Will County Health Department says a Naperville family is beginning a series of rabies shots – after a rabid bat was found flying around their home.
21-year-old Eric Lorenz – bedridden now with a rare form of cancer – was just two weeks shy of finishing the requirements for his diploma in culinary arts.