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.

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Made In Chicago: Ork Posters

(CBS) — 32-year-old Jenny Beorkrem was born in Iowa the Quad Cities and went to college in Madison, Wisconsin. “I just wanted to be in the big city,” she said. “So I moved here as […]

01/18/2016

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Police Investigating Possible Sightings Of Missing Park Forest Woman

Police in south suburban Park Forest who are looking for a missing mother of six say there have been two possible sightings in the past few days.

01/13/2016

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Shelter Working To Locate Owner Of Dog Rescued From Icy Pond In Tinley Park

WBBM’s Steve Miller reports the Rottweiler has been named “Ice” by P.A.W.S. of Tinley Park, the animal shelter that took the dog over the weekend, warmed her up with blankets and fed her.

01/12/2016

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Oak Park Fire Department In Mourning After Death Of Longtime Firefighter

The Oak Park Fire Department is in mourning for a long-time firefighter who died Monday night, apparently of a heart attack after finishing 30 hours of work.

01/12/2016

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Deli Owner Apologizes After “I Can Breathe” T-Shirt Prompts Heated Backlash

When the owner of an Andersonville deli wore a certain T-shirt to work last week, he never dreamed it would lead to hate-filled reviews on Yelp.

01/12/2016

Nellie Gordon apparently succumbed to cold temperatures. (Family provided photo)

Extreme Cold Claims Life Of Elderly Woman Found Outside Her Home, Family Says

A 90-year-old South Side woman has been found dead outside her home – apparently a victim of the extreme cold.

01/11/2016

Damage inside the Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest church in Woodlawn, after an extra-alarm fire in October 2015. (Credit: Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest)

Preservationists Appeal To Landmarks Commission To Save Woodlawn Church

The Archdiocese has said it’ll cost too much to restore Shrine of Christ the King.

01/07/2016

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Minooka Man Looking To Set Record For Fastest Cross Country Run

A 29-year-old native of Minooka will most likely spend Valentine’s Day with his wife carb-loading before setting off to try to break a Guinness world record.

01/06/2016

Jeffrey Bronken and his daughter died in the plane crash.

NTSB Report Says Cocaine Use Contributed To Florida Plane Crash That Killed Round Lake Man, Daughter

A Round Lake man who was at the controls last March when he and his daughter were killed in a Florida plane crash had cocaine in his system, according to an NTSB report.

01/06/2016

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Trucker Accused Of Driving Over Gravesites At Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

Police say a 43-year-old truck driver from Chicago drove his truck over half a dozen gravesites at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood Monday.

01/05/2016

Gavel File Photo (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Judge: City Attorney Withheld Information In Wrongful-Death Case Involving Chicago Cops

Darius Pinex was stopped by police and fatally shot five years ago.

01/04/2016

Cook County Judge Jackie Portman (Steve Miller/WBBM)

‘At Issue’ Profiles Unconventional Cook County Judge

Jackie Portman gives what she calls “the speech” about three times a month to medium-to-high-risk probationers who have violated that probation. Steve Miller reports.

01/01/2016

Inside The 911 Call Center (City Of Chicago Photo)

New Law Increases Penalties For Bogus 911 Calls

Five years ago, a law took effect aimed at deterring bogus calls to 911, making it a felony to make a false 911 call. A new state law adds an additional possible penalty: violators could be ordered to pay up to $10,000 in restitution for the costs of responding to a false 911 call.

12/31/2015

This surveillance image shows Sgt. Brandin Fredrickson of  the Lynwood Police  Department throwing a suspect against a door. (Lynwood Police)

Former Lynwood Police Officer Charged With Punching Handcuffed Man In 2013

It has been more than two years since authorities say a Lynwood police officer punched a handcuffed suspect in the face – and now State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez has announced charges against the officer.

12/29/2015

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Animal Care And Control Releases Security Video Showing Staff Drag Dog By Neck

Security video just released by the Chicago dog pound shows the staff dragging a lifeless-looking dog by his neck across the room moments before he died.

12/29/2015

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Request For Sanctions Against Mother Of Ronald Johnson Withdrawn

The city of Chicago has withdrawn its request for a federal judge to sanction a woman for comments she made.

12/23/2015

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Mother Accused Of Threatening Police Officer Who Fatally Shot Her Son

The mother of a man who was shot and killed by a police officer last year is being accused of threatening the officer and his children.

12/22/2015

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Feds Relax Policy Against Gay Men Donating Blood, Provided They’re Abstinent For One Year

Gay rights advocates say the new federal policy on blood donations is a step forward — but just a small step.

12/21/2015

A man holds on to a prison bar inside of a jail cell. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

President Obama Commutes Sentences Of Four Chicago Men

WBBM’s Steve Miller has the story of Alton Mills.

12/18/2015

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Tongue-In-Cheek Craigslist Posting Advertises “Soon To Be Vacant” Fifth Floor Loop Office

There’s a new advertisement on Craigslist for what the ad calls a “soon to be vacated prestigious Loop office.”

12/15/2015

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