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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
  • City, suburbs install cameras to combat illegal garbage dumping

    CHICAGO — Illegal dumping is such a significant problem in Chicago, the City is deploying more than a dozen cameras to try to catch the devious dumpers in the act. “They come out at nighttime and dump their garbage here and leave it here and the next day this is what we gotta’ deal with,” Larry Henderson, West Garfield Park resident, said. Residents of the 4700 block of West Superior showed WGN Investigates scrap metal, siding, insulation, even a toilet […]

  • WGN Investigates illegal dumping in Chicago, suburbs

    WGN Investigates WGN Investigates has been looking into who is trashing communities and what’s being done to stop it. In south suburban Harvey, police set up a motion activated camera. Earlier in November, police said it recorded two men driving trucks for USIC discarding boxes with paint cans near 147th and Spaulding. USIC is the company you’re supposed to call before you dig to check for buried utility lines. Harvey police said they’ve issued $5,000 fines for each vehicle involved […]

  • Woman says Franken groped, kissed her without consent in 2006

    A woman said Thursday that Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken groped her and kissed her without her consent in 2006 while she was on a USO Tour overseas. Leeann Tweeden is now a morning news anchor on TalkRadio 790 KABC in Los Angeles and posted her story in a lengthy post on the station’s website. The incidents happened before Franken was elected to the Senate in 2008 and was seated in 2009 following a recount. Tweeden described the harassment as being […]

  • Female correction officers sue sheriff claiming widespread sexual harassment by inmates

    CHICAGO — Three female Cook County corrections officers have filed a federal lawsuit blaming the sheriff for inappropriate sexual conduct by jail inmates. Back in April, WGN Investigates reported about the growing problem of inmates exposing themselves to female corrections staff, public defenders and court personnel. In a newly created “exposure” unit at the jail, more than 100 detainees were accused of sexual misconduct while behind bars. Now the female corrections officers are suing the sheriff saying the conduct continues […]

  • Terrorism recruitment material focuses on attacks using trucks

    WGN Investigates has found the type of attack that happened Tuesday in New York has been threatened in the United States for years. Al-Qaeda called for a similar style assault seven years ago. In the fall of 2010, al-Qaeda’s online English language magazine produced a striking story with Chicago as it’s backdrop.  It described in detail how followers could achieve martyrdom by mowing down pedestrians with a pick-up truck. Now, seven  years after that this article was published and just […]

  • Bad burials continue to haunt Burr Oak Cemetery

    ALSIP, Ill. — In 2009, the Cook County Sheriff uncovered a scheme in which graves were dug up, body parts were discarded and graves were resold. Now, at least one family found those problems from years ago mean their plans for a final resting place aren’t so final after all. Mary Lee Northington lived 97 years, surviving her husband and one of her eight children. At her funeral, there was peace in knowing she could finally rest in peace. “She […]

  • Another former Evanston student steps forward to say retired teacher fondled him too

    WGN Investigates has talked to more than half-a-dozen former Evanston Township High School students who say their theater teacher engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct decades ago. Evanston police say nearly 50 people have come forward with information, roughly 10 say they themselves were victims. Experts say the statute of limitations on these types of cases from the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s may prevent criminal prosecution. The lawsuits accuse the former teacher of sexually abusing boys while he ran the […]

  • Lawsuits filed, former students and teacher speak about sex abuse allegations

    Two lawsuits just filed accuse a popular former Evanston Township High School teacher of inappropriate sexual conduct with students decades ago. The lawsuits accuse the former teacher of sexually abusing boys while he ran the theater program.  In court filings, they say it included grabbing their genitals, a shirtless massage and taking students to New York to see hardcore gay pornographic films. That conduct is alleged to have happened in the late 70`s or early 80`s. WGN Investigates spoke with […]

  • Amtrak boss guilty of steering ‘Polar Express’-related contract

    The head of Amtrak’s operations at Chicago’s Union Station pleaded guilty to a steering contract associated with the popular “Polar Express” Christmas-time train rides. Federal prosecutors revealed today that Benjamin Sheets secured a no-bid contract for his wife’s company to operate a photo booth during the event.  Visitors were charged $10 per picture.  The photo booth generated $36,790.   Prosecutors suggest Sheets was motivated by personal debt.  After receiving an email from his wife listing debts in excess of $25,000, court […]

  • Water Dept. Commissioner responds to allegations of racism

    CHICAGO –Several former city workers are coming forward claiming the Chicago Water Department is awash in racism. WGN Investigates first reported Tuesday night on a rope shaped like a noose spotted in a city truck and the Water Department Commissioner responded to the incident on Wednesday. The picture reigniting racism claims in the Chicago Water Department shows a rope that looks like a noose and the truck driver who made the noose told his bosses that it was a pen […]