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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, after spending 14 years at WLS-TV, ABC7 in Chicago as a reporter and weekend morning anchor. While reporting for WLS, he has travelled 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 2002, he started his 14-year long run at WLS-TV, ABC7.

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
  • Chicago father, 2 sons sentenced for sex trafficking

    CHICAGO —A Chicago father and his twin adult sons are sentenced to federal prison terms for recruiting vulnerable minors to engage in sex acts for money. Prosecutors said their sex trafficking scheme operated out of several malls including one in Calumet City and Muncie, Indiana. Police and prosecutors say despite being picked-up in a Cook County sheriff’s sting operation in 2010 and serving a brief stint in prison, the suspects were not deterred. For them, sex trafficking was a family […]

  • Promises made, promises kept: WGN Investigates looks at Pres. Trumps first 2 months in office

    As a candidate, Donald Trump was fond of holding Chicago up as an example of a city in disarray. “Look at Chicago! Look at what’s going on!” Trump said at a campaign stop last summer. When he accepted the republican nomination for president, Trump vowed to restore law and order to our country. As president, Trump implied there’s a quick fix: “They have a problem that’s very easily fixable but they have to get tougher, stronger and smarter – but […]

  • Sen. Durbin wants more security at Chicago rail yard after major gun thefts

    CHICAGO  — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin told Norfolk Southern this week that it must do more to secure a major rail yard on Chicago’s South Side after three major gun thefts led to many of the weapons circulating in nearby violence-plagued neighborhoods, according to a letter the Illinois Democrat sent this week to the company’s CEO. Today’s announcement came just weeks after WGN Investigates showed that modern day train robberies are bringing hundreds of guns to our city. Durbin’s letter, provided to […]

  • Airlines’ tech troubles make frustrations soar – but who is to blame?

    The careful choreography of modern flight can come to a sudden stop when an airline computer system crashes. “I was stepping out of my car and the lady here told me I’m delayed because of an IT issue,” an airline passenger said in 2016. “I don’t know what that means.” In January, technical glitches impacted United Airlines. Last August, Delta cancelled 2,000 flights after a major system failure. A few weeks earlier, Southwest Airlines’ operations were sent into a tailspin […]

  • Fardon meets with Durbin, Kirk; Gangs topic of discussion

    Attorney general seeks resignations of 46 US attorneys; Fardon included

    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is seeking the resignations of the remaining United States attorneys who were appointed during the prior presidential administration. This affects 46 chief federal prosecutors, including Zachary Fardon, who represents the Chicago area. The Chicago office isn’t commenting yet. In a statement Friday, the Justice Department said the request was similar to ones made in past presidential transitions. The department said many federal prosecutors appointed in the Obama administration have already left their positions, but […]

  • President Donald Trump signs new travel ban

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s updated executive order on travel appears to offer more flexibility to would-be travelers than its January predecessor, spelling out several exemptions to the ban on nationals from six designated countries, and giving others wiggle room to apply for waivers. The original order, signed days after Trump took office and subsequently blocked by a federal court, created widespread confusion for travelers, border agents, diplomats, airlines, and foreign governments — an experience the administration hoped to avoid […]

  • Suburban home flooded with neighborhood sewage but village won’t pay

    WGN Investigates a little known Illinois law that can cause a big financial burden to homeowners. And many learn about it the hard way. But for cities and towns across the state, we found accepting responsibility of a failed sewer system doesn’t mean having to write a check. On a recent sunny day in Libertyville, school teacher and homeowner Mary Tiegs had raw sewage swamping her home. Tiegs says she saved what she could while anxiously awaiting the arrival of […]

  • Drew Peterson transferred to high-security federal prison

    CHESTER, Ill. — It was four years ago Tuesday that former Bolingbrook cop Drew Peterson was sentenced to 38 years for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Suspected in the disappearance of another wife, Peterson had another 40 years tacked on for ordering a hit on the prosecutor who put him away. Tuesday he was moved from a state prison downstate to a federal lockup in Terre Haute, IN, and no one knows why. Not even his lawyer Steven Greenberg. “I’m […]

  • Video captures moving moments between murder suspect and suburban cop

    LYNWOOD, Ill. —  It was the end of a 12 hour shift. A murder earlier that morning in Hammond led to an armed stand-off with the suspect that night in Lynwood. Police believed Joseph Barner had shot three people, killing one of them. They didn’t know if he would give himself up without a fight. But he did. And later in the Lynwood Police Department’s booking room, he told the officers why. Booking room video captured their conversation: Barner: “Lynwood is […]

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    Rauner backs new legislation following WGN’s Drew Peterson report

    CHICAGO — A Republican State Representative has introduced a bill that would require inmates with financial resources to pay for their own defense if they’re charged with committing a crime while behind bars. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner quickly said he supports the bill. The legislation is in response to a WGN Investigates report that found Drew Peterson’s court-appointed legal team charged Illinois taxpayers $264,000 to defend the former Bolingbrook cop. Peterson was convicted of plotting from prison to hire a hit man to kill Will […]