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. .