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.
Donald Reynolds of Chicago saw a message from his Texas family that his sister’s home was almost under water.
James Connelly is a logistics supervisor for the Red Cross, setting up shelters for people affected by Harvey in South Texas.
Until recently, the sheriff’s office had indicated it had gone as far as it could go with the investigation.
Jennifer Del Prete has always maintained her innocence in the 2003 death of a baby in her care.
She was found in a backpack in unincorporated Wheaton — dead and abandoned. Authorities want to find the baby’s parents.
NASA has developed a program to help students with Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.
Police are investigating home invasions at two addresses just a few miles apart in the south suburbs over the weekend. The more recent: Sunday morning in Orland Park.
Tionda Bradley would be 26 now. Diamond would be 19.
James Byron Haakenson’s family received the grim news from a Cook County investigator this week, WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.
Police arrested a 52-year-old suspect in a yard across the street.
Their flight was grounded in Haiti. Then they were told the airport was closing and they needed to leave. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.
For three years, a Morton Grove family has fought to see a man charged with murdering their 19-year-old son.
Nearly 20 horses died early July 5 in the fire at Del Real Stables; 12 survived.
Chicagoans can board the public-transit buses of yesterday. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.
The Salvation Army center is designed to give homeless families a place to stay together for several days – until, ideally, affordable housing is found.
But the Chicago mayor is urging Gov. Rauner to support a school-funding reform plan.
For the past 60 years, Mattie Witt has seen a LOT of Butterfinger candy bars.
It started three weeks ago with a statue of the Virgin Mary, in an outdoor area known as the grotto.
Wanted: a veterinarian who can perform a special operation and turn things around for Journey the German shepherd. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.
Six Little League teams were at Altgeld Park when five or six shots rang out not far away on Wednesday.