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.
Professor Richard Farkas has taught political science at DePaul for decades. George Papadopoulos was in two of his classes on Russia, he says.
The decision about the glass structure was made after Apple met with the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors.
A mobile by Alexander Calder that was in the lobby of the Sears Tower for years was removed this year because of a dispute over ownership.
The highly praised Apple store along the Chicago River is yet another glass structure that pose a danger to birds, one advocate says.
Mayor Craig Johnson instead will ask the village board to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21.
Former curator of European painting Richard Brettell said the president’s painting definitely is not authentic.
Braidwood’s death rate from opioids was so high over the past few years compared to the rest of Will County that authorities thought it was time to take some action.
“In the truck? Pretty much everything that a band would have,” Clayton Linthicum said.
Eric Paul Janssen of Memphis, Tenn. was the 44-year-old man who fell to his death from a downtown Chicago hotel earlier this week in an apparent accident.
Last Friday, the Illinois Lottery had to stop selling a certain number combination for its Pick Three game. WBBM’s Steve Miller explains.
Some fans of actor Bill Murray shelled out $150 for a meet-and-greet, but at least one woman left in tears because of his reported behavior.
Ald. Tom Tunney (44th), whose ward includes Wrigley Field, said he supports more netting at ballparks, but he raised liability concerns.
The Cubs have already said they plan to extend safety netting at least 30 feet. The White Sox have yet to comment on their plans.
Two weeks ago, WBBM told you about an urn and cremated remains that had been found near a bike path in Hammond. Reporter Steve Miller has this follow-up.
Two-and-a-half years ago, the man who was convicted of the murder, Christopher Abernathy, was freed after 29 years in prison after DNA evidence exonerated him.
“It’s hard to keep hope alive. But we do it for each other,” says Seth Carey, senior pastor at First Congregational Church.
WBBM Newsradio asked Chicagoans whether they think stricter gun control laws would make a difference.
A woman whose son was killed in the 2012 movie theater massacre said the media should think twice about publishing the names of mass killers
“It’s on the wrong side of the curb. We’re now shut down. Today, I’m going to send 120 employees home,” said company owner Robert Albert.
“My son was 5 and my daughter was 3. She was actually 3-and-a-half inches taller than him,” Mary Andrews said.