Steve Grzanich


Local Mandela Biographer: A Triumphant End To Triumphant Life

Douglas Foster said that Mandela died what many would consider to be an ideal death: with his family at his side, and only after years of preparing the people and politicians of South Africa for his passing.


Deonta Howard Jr. continues to recover at Mt. Sinai Hospital, after he was shot in the face at Cornell Square Park. Twelve other people also were shot on the basketball court at the park. (Photo supplied to CBS)

Mom: Child Wounded In Mass Shooting Recovering, But Afraid

The mother of a child wounded in a mass shooting last week in Chicago is thanking God and doctors for her son’s recovery, and is calling for an end to the gun violence that’s plaguing the city.

WBBM Newsradio–09/25/2013

Tarell McCraney (Photo provided Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

Steppenwolf Playwright Among MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ Winners

A playwright and ensemble member of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company is among the winners of the 2013 MacArthur Fellowships – better known as the “genius grants.”

WBBM Newsradio–09/25/2013

A puppy mill. (File Photo Credit: Humane Society of the United States)

Chicago Animal Welfare Group Applauds New Puppy Mill Regulations

A local group that’s been working to put puppy mills out of business applauds a decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to impose restrictions on breeders who sell dogs on the Internet.

WBBM Newsradio–09/11/2013

Paul Poberezny (Credit: EAA)

Aviation Legend Paul Poberezny Dies At 91

Paul Poberezny, founder of the Experimental Aircraft Association, which hosts one of the world’s largest annual air shows, died Thursday after a battle with cancer.


Marcie Davis, founder of International Assistance Dog Awareness Week, with her service dog Whistle. (Credit: Marcie Davis)

‘Despicable’ Epidemic: People Using Fake Service Dogs

Despicable. That’s the word used by advocates for the disabled to describe the newest trend – people disguising their dogs as service dogs to travel, shop, and even go to night clubs.


Neil Mottinger (center) with colleagues at NASA's Jet Propulsion laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.  (Photo courtesy Neil Mottinger)

Oswego Engineer Celebrating 1st Anniversary Of Mars Rover Landing

“It’s just unbelievable. They’ve had great success with tons of interesting science,” said Oswego native Neil Mottinger, a navigation engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.

WBBM Newsradio–08/06/2013

A golden retriever with Lutheran Church Charities' Comfort Dogs  program gets ready for a ride to Oklahoma, where dogs will help tornado victims. (Photo supplied by LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry)

Comfort Dogs Headed To Oklahoma To Help Tornado Victims

A suburban church with a team of four-legged ministers has been dispatched to Oklahoma to help victims of this week’s tornado disaster.

WBBM Newsradio–05/22/2013

Carlos and Kim Caudillo stand in the debris of their home after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 20, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. The tornado, reported to be at least EF4 strength and two miles wide, touched down in the Oklahoma City area on Monday killing at least 51 people. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Deadly Oklahoma Tornado Serves As Reminder To Prepare For Disasters

“Tornado sheltering basics involved three steps – get in, get down and cover-up. The overall goal is to avoid flying and falling debris by putting as many barriers between you and the tornado as possible,” according to one expert at the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma.

WBBM Newsradio–05/21/2013


SIU Evacuates Dorms In Dead Of Night Due To Bomb Threat

Three residence halls at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale were evacuated overnight, following a bomb threat.

CBS Chicago–09/21/2012

Dawn Harper

East St. Louis Beaming With Pride After Silver Medalist’s Win At Olympics

Illinois native Dawn Harper won the silver medal Tuesday in the Women’s 100-meter Hurdles at the Olympics.

WBBM Newsradio–08/08/2012

Dawn Harper, Wallace Spearmon

East St. Louis Native Dawn Harper Takes Silver In Hurdles

Only a handful of the nearly 20 athletes with ties to Illinois and the Chicago area are still competing at the Olympics. Tuesday’s action features several high profile Track & Field events.

CBS Chicago–08/07/2012

Ellis Coleman

‘The Flying Squirrel’ Hits Mat At Olympics

The Flying Squirrel has finally been un-caged at the Olympics. Ellis Coleman of Oak Park took to the mat Monday in London as competition got underway in Greco-Roman Wrestling (60 kg/132lb).

WBBM Newsradio–08/06/2012

Evan Jager

Algonquin Cheers On Its Hometown Olympian Despite Defeat

Runner Evan Jager finished sixth in the final of the Men’s Steeplechase on Sunday, but that hardly fazed the nearly 200 or more supporters who gathered at a local restaurant to watch the Algonquin-native compete for his first Olympic medal.


Evan Jager of the United States jumps as he competes in the Men's 3000m Steeplechase Heats on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 3, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Jager Misses Medal in Olympics Steeplechase

Algonquin-native Evan Jager finished sixth in the final of the Men’s Steeplechase Sunday at the London Olympics.

CBS Chicago–08/05/2012

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) engineers James Wong (L) and Errin Dalshaug (R) examine a full size engineered model of the Mars rover Curiosity at JPL in Pasadena, California August 2, 2012. NASA said Thursday all was well ahead of its nail-biting mission to Mars, with its most advanced robotic rover poised to hunt for clues about past life and water on Earth's nearest planetary neighbor. On a two-year journey to seek out signs of environments that once sustained life, the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory and the largest and most sophisticated rover ever built, Curiosity, is set for August 6, 2012. (Photo credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)

Chicago Native To Oversee Curiosity Landing On Mars

The landing of the rover Curiosity early Monday on Mars is being called the science event of the decade, and Chicago-native John Grunsfeld will oversee the operation in the first major undertaking of his new tenure as NASA’s top scientist.

CBS Chicago–08/05/2012

Christina Loukas of the United States competes in the Women's 3m Springboard Diving Preliminary Round on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 3, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Loukas, Jager Go for Gold Sunday at Olympics

Christina Loukas knows she has work to do Sunday in the finals of the Women’s 3-meter springboard competition in London.

CBS Chicago–08/05/2012

Illinois Athletes Advance Or Fall Short At London Olympics

Evan Jager earned a spot in the Men’s Steeplechase Finals after finishing second in the Track & Field qualifying heat on Friday.


Tyler McGill of the United States looks for his time after finishing second in the Men's 100m Butterfly heat 4 on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 2, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/ Getty Images)

Illinois Swimmer Experiences Agony Of Defeat At Olympics

Tyler McGill of Champaign finished 7th in final of the Men’s 100 Meter Butterfly on Friday, a showing that brought an abrupt end to his first Summer Games.


Grant And Ross James

Twin Brothers From DeKalb Compete Together On Olympic Rowing Team

They conquered Boy Scouts together, took up competitive shooting together and they earned engineering degrees together at the same school. So it should come as no surprise that Grant and Ross James compete side by side on the U.S. Men’s rowing team at the 2012 Olympics.

WBBM Newsradio–07/30/2012