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Ben Bradley is an Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter who joined Chicago’s Very Own WGN Investigates team in January 2017. He currently co-anchors the WGN Evening News from 4-5 pm with Lourdes Duarte.

Prior to WGN-TV, Bradley spent 14 years at WLS-TV, ABC7 in Chicago as a reporter and weekend morning anchor. While reporting for WLS, he has traveled the globe on various stories including trips to China, Brazil, the Caribbean and nearly a dozen states.

His career started in 1994 at KOMU-TV in Columbia, MO as a weather anchor and reporter. He then traveled to WCBD-TV in Charleston, SC as a news reporter and weekday morning weather anchor. From 1998-2002, he was a weekend anchor and reporter at Tribune-owned CLTV.

In recent years, his work has been recognized with five Emmy Awards for breaking news coverage as well as two Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Awards for investigative reporting and a documentary on the legacy of former Mayor Richard M. Daley. He is also a member of the Investigative Reporters & Editors Association and past president of the Chicago Headline Club, which, at the time, was the nation’s largest chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago, he attended Homewood-Flossmoor High School and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is married with three sons.


Recent Articles
  • Illinois residents fleeing state for financial reasons

    CHICAGO — 33,703. That’s how many residents left Illinois last year. People leave the state for a variety of reasons from weather to career opportunities. But experts say Illinois’ population loss bucks national trends and is the opposite of what surrounding states are seeing. WGN Investigates traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to catch up with Chicagoans who made the move for financial reasons. How did they know it made sense? Do they have any regrets? You can calculator the cost of […]

  • Morris pilot grounded for air field incident

    MORRIS, Ill. – The Federal Aviation Administration has found fault with the actions of a politically connected crop duster who operates out of a small city owned airport in Morris, IL. WGN Investigates first reported on the air field confrontation between Sid Nelson and two other pilots in August of 2017.  Cell phone video showed Nelson landing at the Morris airport and then jumping out of his yellow crop duster and getting in the faces of a flight instructor and student […]

  • Car plows into suburban pawn shop

    SKOKIE, Ill. — Customers say they’re lucky to be alive after a car plowed into a north suburban pawn shop. A Volkswagon sedan plowed into the A&B Jewelry and Loan on Dempster in Skokie. Customers dove out of the way as the car crashed through the window. It was caught on security camera. The shop owner suffered some cuts from the flying glass. Police have not said if the driver will be charged.

  • Police strike back against ‘swatters’ after 3 incidents in Chicago suburbs

    WGN Investigates Evanston, Lisle and Naperville are just a few of the Chicago suburbs hit with “swatting” incidents this year. Swatting refers to the phony 911 calls that bring armed officers rushing to a scene. Elsewhere, swatting has turned deadly. This spring, a swatting hoax led to a lockdown on Northwestern University’s campus. Watch to see what we’ve learned about how it happens and who can become a victim.

  • No charges for former Evanston teacher accused of sexual abuse

    WGN Investigates EVANSTON, Ill. — A former Evanston Township High School (ETHS) teacher will not face charges for allegations of sexual misconduct decades ago, but police say it’s not for a lack of evidence. Evanston police said 35 people came forward to say they were victims of theater teacher Bruce Siewerth decades ago when he was a teacher at ETHS. Detectives have investigated their stories for months and said 40 to 50 people corroborated the alleged victims’ stories. “The Cook […]

  • Lincoln Towing company deserves to lose license, ICC staff says

    WGN Investigates CHICAGO — A scorching investigation by Illinois Commerce Commission staff has determined one of Chicago’s most infamous towing companies should lose its license. ICC investigators concluded Lincoln Towing conducted 462 unauthorized tows in a seven month period they examined. “Lincoln’s pattern and practice of conducting unauthorized relocations harms the public and demonstrates that Lincoln is incompetent and unworthy to hold a relocator’s license,” ICC staff concluded. Lincoln Towing’s tactics have been the subject of complaints for decades.  Folk […]

  • Bill to punish inmates for exposing themselves in jail passes Senate committee

    CHICAGO — A bill to punish inmates for exposing themselves in jail has passed out of a state Senate committee. It’s in response to a problem WGN Investigates first reported one year ago.   Cook County jail inmates are accused of exposing themselves to staff and sometimes even throwing bodily fluid at them.  It’s happened more than 600 times at the county jail in the last 16 months. The sheriff now houses these inmates in a special section of the […]

  • Former Chicagoan says he’ll challenge Trump in 2020

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.  — New York Times best-selling author Brad Thor took to Twitter on Saturday to say he’ll challenge President Donald Trump in the Republican primary for the 2020 presidential election. “The era of know-nothing, insult-comedy politics is over,” Thor wrote. Thor earlier tweeted that he would run if no conservative candidate stepped up to challenge the president. A few minutes later he wrote “in fact, let’s make it official. I’m in.” Thor is from Chicago (his mom grew up […]

  • Debate team of prisoners sentenced to life argues for changes in parole policy

    CREST HILL, Ill. — A 25-year-old from the suburbs leads a weekly debate group in an unlikely location — the Statesville Correctional Center. They’re arguing for the return of parole possibilities for some of the most serious crimes in the state; and lawmakers are listening. As the group of men serve out life sentences for murder, they also tackle tough topics – from both sides. Katrina Burlet, 25, is their debate coach. “I was first on a competitive debate team […]

  • Dolton officer charged after threatening to kill wife, holding her hostage

    WGN Investigates CHICAGO, Ill. — A south suburban cop was arrested for threatening to kill his wife. Dolton police officer Jesse Williams, 37, was charged with kidnapping, domestic battery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He appeared in bond court Tuesday where a judge ordered him held without bail. The 37-year-old allegedly took his wife hostage Monday afternoon near on the 1500 block of South Spaulding in Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood. Police reports indicate Officer Williams “battered and threatened to […]