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.

Common house mosquito (Credit: Illinois Department of Public Health)

High Levels Of West Nile Virus In Illinois

Samples of mosquitos in Cook County are starting to show high levels of West Nile.


Joseph Crawford (left) and Jordan Coley (right) are charged with aggravated kidnapping and armed robbery. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Couple Arrested After Robbing Multiple Suburban Auto Parts Stores

A married couple was arrested Sunday after robbing an auto parts store in Hazel Crest. 23-year-old Joseph Crawford and his wife 26-year-old Jordan Coley are being held on armed robbery charges and suspected in a string of suburban robberies, WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.


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Chicago Urban League Sets New Plan Ahead Of 100th Anniversary

The Chicago Urban League set a 10-year plan to “dismantle structural racism” in their path to racial equality. The plan was set as the league enters its second centennial, with Chicago Urban League marking its 100th anniversary this year.


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Culver’s Employee Threatening A Lawsuit After Fellow Employee Constructs Racist Image

A 22-year-old African American woman and her lawyer are threatening a lawsuit and boycott against Culver’s after a coworker created and left a discriminatory figure at the establishment.


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First-Responders Search — And Search — For Injured Woman In Railyard

Looking for a short cut through a large rail yard north of the Back of the Yards neighborhood, she made it over a fence and then fell and sprained her ankle and couldn’t walk.


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Sailor Saves Fellow Crew In Race To Mackinac: ‘They Weren’t Panicky’

A Hyde Park man and the crew of his sailboat rescued the crew of a boat that sank last month in the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, and now he’s telling his story.


Chris Tag, founder of DEFY bag company, at his Ravenswood office. (WBBM/Steve Miller)

Made In Chicago: DEFY Manufacturing Co.

Founder Chris Tag once was an art director in advertising, but it was always his goal to leave his cubicle and create a line of bags for men. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.


One person was killed and several others injured after a tent collapsed at the Wood Dale Prairie Festival at Wood Dale Junior High School. (Credit: Captured News).

Rain, Standing Water Prompts Wood Dale To Cancel Prairie Fest Today

It’s been a year since a 35-year-old man died at the fest when a storm brought down a tent.


The Dougall mansion today is in disrepair. (courtesy: Mary Beth Gannon)

Preservationist Hopes To Save Joliet Mansion Of Civil War Hero

Joliet is deciding whether to tear down a dilapidated mansion from the 1870s — or to honor its history and try to save it. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.


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Accomplices In Robbery Charged With Murder

A Palos Park homeowner shot and killed a 19-year-old Indiana man during a home invasion Tuesday night, and now the teenager’s alleged accomplices are being held responsible for his murder.


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Housing Authority’s Oldest Resident To Cut Ribbon On Renovations In Evanston

At 103, she is the oldest resident of a Cook County Housing Authority building, and today she’s helping cut the ribbon on renovations at the apartments where she’s lived for more than 30 years.


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Activists Outside Obama Home Plead With President To Help Deported Veterans

Miguel Perez came to the U.S. when he was 8. Raised in Chicago, he joined the military and did two tours in Afghanistan.


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Wild Parsnip Threat Overstated, Horticulture Expert Says

If the sap from the yellow-flowering weed gets on your skin – and if you don’t wash it off — it can cause a rash and blisters when your skin is exposed to the sun. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.


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Horseshoe Casino Reopens After Power Outage

There were some disappointed gamblers this weekend at the Hammond, Ind. casino. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.


Ann & Robert Lurie Children's Hospital, the new home of Children's Memorial Hospital, will open on Saturday, June 9, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Lurie Hospital Gender Identity Clinic Gets $500K From Pritzker

The gender and sex development program at Lurie Children’s Hospital has just received a $500,000 grant from Jennifer Pritzker, a Chicago philanthropist who is a transgender woman.


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Man Steals Rental Vehicle With Sleeping Boy Inside

A California family that had just flown into O’Hare late Wednesday night became victims of a car theft not long after they rented a vehicle and hit the road for Wisconsin.


The jazz orchestra of Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles rehearses. (Steve Miller/WBBM)

Made In Chicago: Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles

WBBM’s Steve Miller sat in on a jazz orchestra rehearsal as they were preparing late additions to the Pride Week program — pieces added because of what happened in Orlando.


This artist rendering shows the future Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. (Lucas Museum)

Mayor Emanuel Snaps At Parks Group Over Lucas Museum Stalemate

WBBM’s Steve Miller reports the mayor was asked about rumored demands the group is making to allow the Lucas Museum on the lakefront.


Phillip Keefe (Steve Miller/WBBM)

Home Owner Has To Deal With Another Bogus Eviction Attempt

When we last spoke with Phillip Keefe, he’d received three eviction summonses from a woman who doesn’t live in or own his three-flat. Now, he’s gotten a fourth.


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Teacher Launches Effort To Raise Money For Student’s Cancer Treatment

A teacher at an elementary school near Washington Park is leading the efforts to raise money tomorrow for a 6th grade girl who has Stage 4 cancer.




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