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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
  • Sellers of ‘ghost guns’ bypass Illinois gun laws

    WGN Investigates No background check? No Firearms Owners Identification Card? No problem. You can still get a gun delivered to your door. WGN Investigates went online and ordered a kit that contains all of the pieces necessary to build a handgun. In fact, the gun arrived on our doorstep 80 percent complete. These so-called “ghost guns” have already been used in several shootings. Some of them were deadly. Now, an Illinois lawmaker is looking to close the loophole that allows […]

  • Chicago bank executive investigated as part of Mueller’s Russia probe: report

    CHICAGO — A Chicago bank executive is reportedly being investigated as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. According to NBC News, President Donal Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort received $16 million in home loans from Chicago-based Federal Savings Bank. Its CEO, Steve Calk, served as a Trump campaign economic adviser. NBC cites several sources as saying the special counsel’s office is looking into whether Manafort promised Calk a job in the administration in exchange for the home […]

  • Cook County Jail inmates who applauded accused cop killer shipped to southern Illinois

    CHICAGO — On Thursday, WGN aired video of several Cook County Jail inmates applauding as the man accused of killing a Chicago police commander walked by their holding cell. Now, WGN Investigates has learned those inmates have been shipped to the southern tip of Illinois. If you look closely at the video, you’ll see some inmates clap as Shomari Legghettee is escorted to a court appearance. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office confirms that the three inmates who applauded have now […]

  • “My heart dropped:” Accused cop killer’s previous victim

    WGN Investigates Exclusive CHICAGO — Two decades before Shomari Legghette was accused of fatally shooting Cmdr. Paul Bauer, he was a convicted armed robber. Mike Bullington was the victim of an armed robbery committed by Legghette. When he saw his photo pop up on TV, those thoughts came rushing back. “My heart dropped.  I felt, ‘Oh my God, how could this be?’” he said. Bullington and his wife were newlyweds. They left their Forest Park home for work on a […]

  • Veteran turns to sled hockey after losing his legs, now plays for Team U.S.A.

    CHICAGO — A squad of American Paralympians took over the ice at the Blackhawks training facility this past weekend, as the team members — several of them military veterans — prepared to represent the U.S.A. at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. When Team U.S.A.’s sled hockey squad competes in the games Saturday, among them will be Marine Corps veteran Josh Misiewicz, who lost both his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan. The La Grange native turned to sled hockey as […]

  • High-tech heists: Scammers using social media, technology to steal money

    WGN Investigates CHICAGO – Technology can be a lifeline, but it has also become the front line in a new war being waged by criminals to steal money. From virtual kidnappings to ransomware, authorities say “high-tech heists” are an increasing threat. Criminals can now scam people from the relative obscurity of a computer screen. One suburban mother fell victim to virtual kidnappers who trolled her daughter’s social media account. Tips to avoid becoming high-tech heist victim: Experts say slow down, don’t […]

  • GOP memo: Chicagoan triggered Russia investigation

    WASHINGTON — Buried in the final paragraph of a controversial memo about the Russia investigation is confirmation that the probe began with a Chicagoan who became a foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump. George Papadopoulos, who pled guilty to lying to the FBI, is now cooperating with the investigation. The Republican memo from the House Intelligence Committee released Friday states: “The Papadopoulos information triggered the opening of an FBI counterintelligence investigation in late July 2016.” Some Republicans have previously […]

  • NTSB: Communication problems after American engine fire

    CHICAGO  — Federal investigators said Tuesday that communication problems that left flight attendants unable to talk to the pilots in the moments after an American Airlines plane caught fire on the runway in Chicago in 2016 put evacuating passengers at more risk of serious injury. At a hearing, the National Transportation Safety Board said flight attendants did not know how to use the intercom system to speak with pilots before they directed passengers to use an emergency exit behind an […]

  • Lawsuit alleges off-duty Chicago aviation cop acted recklessly in shooting

    CHICAGO —   A Chicago aviation security is officer is being sued for chasing, then shooting a driver while off-duty.  The lawsuit accuses officer Jordan Wisniewski of recklessly opening fire on a fellow driver whom he had pursued for more than a mile. The altercation happened in June along Deerfield Rd in Buffalo Grove.  Police reports indicate officer Wisniewski claimed someone had shot at his car so he turned around and gave chase.  He caught up to the 18-year-old driver Tomas […]

  • Trump criticized protections for immigrants from ‘s—hole’ countries, Washington Post reports

    WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump expressed frustration behind closed doors with people coming to the US from “shithole countries,” sources told CNN on Thursday. One of the sources briefed on the Thursday Oval Office meeting with lawmakers confirmed Trump asked, “Why do we want all these people from ‘shithole countries’ coming here?” A person familiar with the meeting said Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham brought a plan to Trump that involved cutting the visa […]