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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.

A political display at Fantasy Costumes. (WBBM/Steve Miller)

Clinton And Trump Are Neck And Neck — At Chicago Costume Shop, Anyway

Masks of the political candidates are about even, say managers at Fantasy Costumes. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

10/25/2016

(Credit: citywidecpr.com)

CPD Officer Saves Unconscious 3-Year-Old With CPR

A Chicago police officer, just 16 months with the department, is credited Thursday with helping save the life of a 3-year-old boy in Chicago’s West Side.

10/20/2016

Joe Kelly needed another boat to tow his 23.5-foot boat back to harbor after he hit the Silver Spray shipwreck, because it was not visible on Lake Michigan off 49th Street. (Photo courtesy Joe Kelly)

Boater Wants 1914 Shipwreck Removed Or Marked As Danger

A Lombard man wants somebody to do something about a shipwreck in Lake Michigan that he says did a few thousand dollars’ damage to his own boat this week.

10/20/2016

(Credit: Facebook/Ashley Dombrow)

Dog Killed, Human Attacked; City Takes Little Action

A dog was killed and a women was bitten Sunday by an unleashed dog in West Ridge, and little action was taken

10/19/2016

Tatum, a stray mastiff-terrier mix, had a ruptured tumor when she was picked up by Chicago Animal Care and Control, but vets advised against surgery, and Tatum died after an animal welfare group took Tatum and removed the tumor. (Credit: Trio Animal Foundation)

Cook County Commissioner Questioning Suburban Shelters’ Handling Of Stray Dogs

It’s a system he believes is resulting in “people’s pets being killed.”

10/18/2016

A warning sign was placed in a Lincoln Square alley after the city baited for rats, based on numerous complaints from local residents. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Ranked ‘Rattiest’ City By Pest Control Company

The No. 1 ranking is based on the number of rodent control treatments Orkin has performed — both residential and commercial. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

10/17/2016

Second City

Another Second City Cast Member Quits After Offensive Audiences

A fourth member of Second City’s ETC revue quit after multiple occurrences of offensive behavior from audiences.

10/13/2016

A worker was killed when he was struck by an SUV in a construction area on I-65 Wednesday morning. (Credit: Indiana State Police)

Construction Worker Killed In Crash On I-65 In Hobart

A construction worker was killed when he was struck by an SUV that drove into a construction area Wednesday morning on I-65 in northwest Indiana.

10/12/2016

A 78-year-old woman died after being struck by a UPS truck on Aug. 22, 2016. (CBS)

Family Sues UPS After Woman Fatally Struck By Parcel Truck

A Chicago area family has filed a wrongful death suit against UPS, two months after a truck hit and killed a 78-year-old woman in the Sauganash neighborhood.

10/11/2016

Geologist Bill Simpson cleans Sue, a 67-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus Rex on display at the Field Museum on November 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Sue is the largest, most complete, and best preserved T. Rex ever discovered. Simpson carefully cleans the skeleton twice a year. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Sue The T. Rex Lends A Hand — Actually, Her Arm — For Research

Relax, it’s a loan. Part of the famous T Rex fossil will be examined and quickly returned. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

10/06/2016

Lincoln United Methodist Church (CBS)

Police Arrest Suspect In Pilsen Church Vandalism

It was the sixth time the church has been targeted. But this time, the church was prepared. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

10/05/2016

Headstone of Jacob Schnadig (Credit: Hebrew Benevolent Society/Jewish Graceland Cemetery and Elk Grove Village)

Headstone Missing For Years, Returned To Cemetery

A headstone that was placed at Jewish Graceland Cemetery eight decades ago was lost, but has recently been found 18 miles away

09/30/2016

Oral Medicine Syringes

Doctor Concocts His Own Vaccines With Cat Saliva, Vodka

Illinois regulators have suspended the license of a suburban Chicago doctor who allegedly gives young patients modified vaccinations containing cat saliva and vodka.

09/28/2016

Odd items found in pill drop box (Credit: Kane County Sheriff)

Odd Items Dumped In A Prescription Pill Drop Box

Odd items are being dumped in a Kane County drop box designed for disposal of leftover pills.

09/14/2016

File Photo Of Chicago Police Car (Getty Images)

Victim In Stabbing Death Was Trans Woman, Says Friend Who Wants Police To Make Case A Priority

The medical examiner says the 28-year-old suffered multiple stab and incise wounds.

09/12/2016

Chicago Police Officer Fernando Flores (WBBM/Steve Miller)

Chicago Cop Among First-Responders Who Save Suicidal Man

The call came in just after noon, about a man who had jumped the railing along the Montrose Avenue bridge on the Chicago River. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

09/12/2016

Michael Halverson, CEO of Matt's Cookies  (Steve Miller/WBBM)

Made In Chicago: Matt’s Cookies

Matt’s Cookies have been serving up ‘just like homemade’ cookies in Chicago’s northern suburb of Wheeling for more than 40 years.

09/12/2016

The Tribute in Light illuminates the sky in New York on September 11, 2013 on the 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The tribute, an art installation of the Municipal Art Society, consists of 88 searchlights placed next to the site of the World Trade Center creating two vertical columns of light in remembrance of the 2001 attacks. (TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Chicago Area Woman Who Perished On Sept. 11 To Be Remembered In Niles

Vanessa Kolpak, 21, was in the South Tower of the World Trade Center 15 years ago.

09/09/2016

Close up of a bicycle's light at the vintage bicycle market a day before L'Eroica retro cycling race on October 6, 2012 near Gaiole in Chianti. More than 5500 competitors from all over the world, wearing vintage cycling jerseys, will take part in L'Eroica, a retro cycling race through the 'Strade Bianche', the gravel roads of the Chianti area of Tuscany. (AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT )

Evanston Alderman Has Second Thoughts About Bicycle-Light Mandate

Last summer, Ald. Brian Miller says, when a juvenile was stopped for not having a light, he got upset and police charged the teen with resisting arrest. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

09/09/2016

Abeet Ramos (DuPage County Sheriff's Department)

Suspect Charged In Kidnapping Of Wheaton College Student, 2 Others At Large

Authorities say a 21-year-old student was pulled off the street and forced to withdraw cash from ATMs last week, before being released.

09/02/2016

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