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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
  • Hotel freezer where woman was found dead did not have lock, according to source

    ROSEMONT, Ill. – A source tells WGN Investigates that the hotel freezer where a young woman was found dead did not have a lock and did have a mechanism to open the door from the inside. Rosemont police are investigating how 19 year-old Kenneka Jenkins wound up in that freezer, and whether there was any foul play. Earlier Thursday, representatives for the Crowne Plaza Hotel say they have released 36 hours of surveillance video from 40 different cameras to police. The police […]

  • Angry altercation on runway sparks investigation at Morris’ city owned airport

    Harsh words. Bad blood.  Even a physical confrontation near a runway.  These are turbulent times at the city-owned airport in Morris, Illinois.  Now the FAA is investigating an incident between several pilots on the airfield. “You’ve heard of road rage,” said veteran pilot John O’Connor.  “This was more akin to runway rage.”  O’Connor, who spent 35 years as a military aviator, is describing a confrontation on a taxiway at the Morris airport in July. O’Connor was applying for a new […]

  • 4 Rauner staffers out after political cartoon controversy

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Four staff members of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s are out after a controversial political cartoon. A cartoon by the Pro-Rauner Illinois Policy Institute featured an African-American child begging a cigar-smoking white man for school money. Some called it racist. On Tuesday, a spokesperson said the governor wouldn’t offer an opinion on the cartoon because he is a white man. Later, the governor sent out a statement saying that it didn’t accurately reflect his views. He now says he understands […]

  • Northwestern professor sent video to friends, family apologizing for involvement in murder: police

    CHICAGO  — A Northwestern University professor suspected in the stabbing death of a Chicago man sent a video to friends and relatives apologizing for his involvement in a crime that he called the “biggest mistake of my life,” raising concern among investigators that he might kill himself. “We are trying to keep this from becoming more tragic than it already is,” Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Friday. He asked that anyone who either is with Wyndham Lathem or […]

  • Getting away with murder: WGN Investigates the city’s alarmingly low number of solved cases

    While there’s a lot of attention on the number of people killed in Chicago, a lesser known statistic also tells the story of pain and insecurity gripping the streets. That number is 29%. That’s the percentage of murders solved by Chicago police last year. In other words, 71% of killers got away with murder. “It’s a struggle and it’s a battle at the same time,” said Ebonie Martin. Her son, Deonte Hoard, was a 17-year-old Urban Prep student who died […]

  • Why is the Dept of Aviation paying for gun training for unarmed officers?

    The Chicago Department of Aviation has been paying for firearms training for its unarmed security force for decades.  It’s a force that entered the spotlight when video of an aviation officer violently dragging a paying passenger off a United Airlines plane went viral. Each of the department’s 290 aviation officers underwent initial firearms training at the Chicago Police training academy at a cost of $2,200 per officer, according the city. That’s an expense of $638,000 for the current force alone. […]

  • WGN obtains booking photo of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. — WGN Investigates has obtained the booking photo of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert.  The picture was taken Monday as the once powerful politician checked-in to the Lake County Jail in Waukegan for electronic monitoring.  Hastert served 13 of his 15 month prison sentence at a federal facility in Minnesota. A spokesperson for the Lake County Sheriff’s Department tells WGN Hastert is not in custody at the jail.  The department has a contract with the federal government […]

  • Inspector General reveals racist emails sent by Water Dept. bosses

    CHICAGO — The City of Chicago’s Inspector General released several examples of racist and sexist emails sent between high-level Chicago Water Department employees. One email sent between several high ranking officials featured the subject line “Chicago Safari Tickets.” The message said,” If you didn’t book a Chicago Safari adventure with us this 4th of July weekend this is what you missed,” and then it lists the number of people shot in neighborhoods such as Englewood, Austin and South Shore. The email […]

  • Aviation security officers to lose ‘police’ label after passenger dragging incident

    CHICAGO — A new report is advising some major changes to Chicago’s Aviation Security Division after officers dragged a bloodied passenger off a United flight in April. According to the Chicago Department of Aviation review, Chicago police will now take the lead on all disturbance calls at airports. “This rescinds the current directive guiding incident dispatch, and defines coordination on responses with the Chicago Police Department,” the report said. Additionally, the word “police” is being removed from all airport security […]

  • Another shakeup in the governor’s office: More Rauner staffers call it quits

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — After a stunning set-back featuring Republican defections, Governor Bruce Rauner is facing more upheaval among his own staff. WGN Investigates has learned the governor’s communications director Lance Trover and press secretary Cate Kelly are heading for the door. Both previously indicated their desire to leave for other opportunities. A source says Trover’s last day in the office was Friday. “Rauner used to emulate the middle that [House Speaker Michael] Madigan forgot,” said a source close to the […]