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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
  • 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 […]

  • NTSB releases evidence, video in O’Hare fire

    The National Transportation Safety Board released video as part of a report on the American Airlines jetliner that caught fire last fall at O’Hare Airport in Chicago. The 500 pages of documents represent the conclusion of the evidence gathering phase of the safety board’s investigation. The American Airlines flight was bound for Miami.  It was on the runway when a right side engine erupted and torched the starboard side of the plane. Pilots activated emergency brakes.   But even before the […]

  • Who’s winning and who’s losing in the budget talks

    WGN Investigates looked into the impact of the state budget bill – not only on Illinois residents but also the politicians who supported it. WGN Investigates talked to Karen Moore.  She earns $50,000 a year.  And if the income tax hike goes through, she’ll pay an additional $574 each year. Roger McKelvey makes $170,000 a year.  The tax hike would clip him for an additional $2,048. “I’m looking at it as big picture,” he says.  “I don’t know how we’ll […]

  • Chicago attorney front runner for U.S. Attorney job in northern Illinois

    CHICAGO —  WGN Investigates has confirmed Chicago attorney John Lausch is being vetted for the U.S. Attorney’s job in northern Illinois. He has emerged as the front runner in recent weeks after being interviewed for the job in Washington earlier this month. An FBI background check is part of the routine process prior to nomination. WGN Investigates has confirmed Chicago attorney John Lausch has emerged as the front-runner for US Attorney's job for Northern Illinois. pic.twitter.com/c6o3RimVR5 — Ben Bradley (@BenBradleyTV) […]

  • Deadbeat Illinois: Adult day care owed $160,000 from state

    No state in the nation has gone this long without a budget or has a bigger backlog of unpaid bills. One bill – among thousands – was submitted by Autumn Country Club.  It’s a an affectionate name for a family-run Joliet adult day care facility.  It’s a facility whose owners are contemplating closing because its biggest client is a deadbeat. The State of Illinois confirms it owes Autumn Adult Day Care $162,000. That represents five months of operating expenses. “I’m […]

  • Chicago speed cameras begin issuing tickets

    Prosecutors will let some Cook County drivers off the hook

    WGN Investigates has learned Cook County assistant state’s attorneys  are being told to stop prosecuting some traffic offenses in an effort to save resources. Later this summer prosecutors will no longer charge drivers facing misdemeanor cases of driving on a suspended license due to failure to pay tickets, fees or fines. “The attorneys currently assigned to those cases will be reallocated to focus on matters more critical to public safety,” said a spokesperson for Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. […]